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Side Effects of Treatment for Mesothelioma

Because treatment for mesothelioma may damage healthy cells and tissues, unwanted side effects are common. Specific side effects depend on many factors, including the type and extent of the treatment. Side effects may not be the same for each person, and they may even change from one treatment session to the next. Before treating mesothelioma, healthcare providers will explain possible side effects and suggest ways to manage them.

Nutrition and Mesothelioma Treatment

People need to eat well during mesothelioma treatment. They need enough calories to maintain a good weight and protein to keep up strength. Good "mesothelioma nutrition" often helps people with cancer feel better and have more energy.
But eating well can be difficult. People may not feel like eating if they are uncomfortable or tired. Also, the side effects of treatment, such as poor appetite, nausea, or vomiting, can be a problem. Foods may taste different. Nevertheless, people should try to eat enough calories and protein to control weight loss, maintain strength, and promote healing. Also, eating well often helps people with cancer feel better and have more energy. The doctor, dietitian, or other healthcare provider can suggest ways to maintain a healthy diet.
Careful planning and checkups are important. Mesothelioma and its treatment may make it hard for people to digest food and maintain their weight. The doctor will check the person for weight loss, weakness, and lack of energy.

Clinical Trials

Mesothelioma can be hard to control with current treatments. For that reason, many doctors encourage people with mesothelioma to consider taking part in a clinical trial. These mesothelioma research trials are meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments for mesothelioma. When clinical trials show that a new treatment is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard treatment. Clinical trials are an important option for people with all stages of mesothelioma.
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