Mesothelioma Treatment by Stage

Pleural mesothelioma can be treated according to stage; there are no standard treatment options by stage for peritoneal mesothelioma.

Stage I mesothelioma (localized mesothelioma)

If a patient wants aggressive treatment and is deemed fit to undergo surgery, some centers may perform an extra pleural pneumonectomy. Another surgical option is pleurectomy/ decortication, which is sometimes performed to alleviate some of the symptoms of mesothelioma. Both of these procedures may be followed by radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

Stages II, Stage III and Stage IV mesothelioma (advanced mesothelioma)

Pleurectomy/decortication may be performed to relieve symptoms in pleural mesothelioma. Other procedures such as thoracentesis may be performed to drain pleural effusions and prevent them from recurring. Radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy also may be administered for symptom relief.

Recurrent Malignant Mesothelioma

There is no standard treatment for recurrent mesothelioma. Generally, treatments that were not used in the first treatment attempt are considered.

Chemotherapy, alone or combined with radiation, may be used before, after or instead of surgery in treating lung cancer.

Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm discusses treatment options for Mesothelioma.