It’s a relatively comforting fact to point out that mesothelioma treatment is progressing, slowly but steadily. One wishing to make such a case can point to the myriad studies regularly being published pointing toward novel, promising methods in various stages of the research process. This news is indisputably good. However, behind this obvious upward trend is a larger, sadder truth regarding mesothelioma treatment. Which is this: despite all the generally upward-pointing arrows on the trend chart, mesothelioma treatment has not yet gotten over the hump. There is no cure for this devastating disease.
Current, common methods of cancer treatment revolve around three methods of attack. These are, in no particular order, surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. These treatments have demonstrated little or limited success as mesothelioma treatments. Some mesothelioma treatment methods that have been researched recently include combining several of these common treatments in specific ways. One such example of a combined treatment is referred to as a pneumonectomy. A pneumonectomy involves a period of intense chemotherapy, combined with the removal of either a portion of or an entire lung. This mesothelioma treatment has potential to increase the life expectancy of a person afflicted with mesothelioma. Unfortunately, it does not cure the disease.
There’s a classic, tragic, double-edged sword regarding developing mesothelioma treatments. Since mesothelioma is so rare (with approximately somewhere between seven and 40 victims per 1,000,000 population in the United States), relatively few people suffer from it. However, there’s less of an impetus to develop proven methods of treatment for it for that very reason.
If you or someone you know is undergoing mesothelioma treatment due to a contraction caused by asbestos exposure, it could be a good idea to think about contacting a mesothelioma law firm to determine if it’s possible to secure a mesothelioma settlement. Though a settlement can’t cure anyone of mesothelioma, it has the potential to help with the exorbitant medical costs and hardships associated with a mesothelioma diagnosis.