Mesothelioma: Treatment Side Effects


Mesothelioma is a malignant tumour that affects the upper part of the human body and attacks the mesothelium lining the walls of organs like, heart, lungs, abdomen, and chest.

To determine a suitable mesothelioma treatment, cell type, stage of cancer, and primarily affected sites are the important traits to consider. Other treatment options equally depend on where the cancer is localised whether on the chest or has spread to its diaphragm, lymph nodes, or wall as well as the patient overall health and age. In this effect, there are three standard therapies used for the treatment of this illness. They include chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

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Treatment Side Effects

Mesothelioma is an extremely difficult form of cancer that cannot be managed with ease.  It is important to know the certain effect that can come along with these treatments.

  • Loss of hair and it is the most common side effect of chemotherapy
  • Wasting disorders and malnutrition especially in severe cases
  • Cognition and memory disorder (Chemo brain)
  • Distortion of the immune system allowing the body susceptible to other infections

A treatment plan is developed in conjunction with a mesothelioma specialist who will give a specific therapy approach to be used.