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Mesothelioma and Radiation Treatment

By: Nick Johnson

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Nick Johnson is lead counsel and founding partner of Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving all types of Mesothelioma. Call 1-888-311-5522 today or visit http://www.nickjohnsonlaw.com for a free case evaluation.

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Mesothelioma treatment options are not all that varied considering that most cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed well into the latter stages of the disease when surgical removal of the cancer is no longer possible. Radiation treatments, external radiation treatments, and brachytherapy are generally considered relatively productive at improving patient life and extending longevity.


Brachytherapy is the internal placement of radiation. A small device delivers a pinpointed stream of radiation to the sight of active cancer. Brachytherapy has been proven more effective than other forms of radiation therapy since it is more controlled and able to be placed in the center of cancerous cells. The accuracy of brachytherapy has improved patient chances by about 8% in some cases.


Mesothelioma treatments are not easy on the body, and brachytherapy is no exception. External radiation treatments can often be effective in cases where brachytherapy can not be accurately or safely placed. In either case this form of mesothelioma treatment is just one option. There are surgical mesothelioma options, and some patients prefer that as much cancer as possible be removed from the body. While this does not always remove enough cancer to salvage life, it can make the patient more comfortable, especially when added to other mesothelioma treatments.


Brachytherapy is considerably new in comparison to external radiation, and some patients feel more inclined to opt for treatment options that are time tested, although brachytherapy has had few complications since its inception. Brachytherapy has had about the same number of complications as external radiation, mainly a risk of infection or a risk of a required secondary placement.


This is no more complicated than the ill effects of external radiation treatments. External radiation treatments require the patient to go to a cancer center or hospital for their mesothelioma treatments. Brachytherapy treatments do not require chronic radiation treatments, although they do require regular monitoring.


When determining a mesothelioma treatment program, it is always best to try to make decisions regarding treatment options based on what is best for the patient, rather than what can the patient or the patient’s insurance afford. Unfortunately, mesothelioma treatments are quite costly, and patient decisions can often be ruled by the expense rather than the preference. This is an unfortunate flip side to improvements in mesothelioma treatments, the more technologically advanced the mesothelioma treatment is likely to be, the more expensive it often is. While this is not true in every case, it has become closer to the norm.


Because mesothelioma treatments are costly, not all mesothelioma victims are able to receive the mesothelioma treatments that they need or that would work best for them. External radiation, brachytherapy, surgical removals, and chemotherapy are only moderately expensive in comparison to other mesothelioma treatments, but when multiple treatment options are proposed, the expense naturally climbs.


Often multiple treatment options are too expensive for most mesothelioma victims, even with health insurance.

Those who have experienced the ease of brachytherapy report a 78% preference over external radiation treatments. Those who prefer the external radiation treatments cite their discomfort with the chronic release of radiation left inside their body. Naturally, medical science has tested the theory that the radiation delivered is exacting and precise and there isn’t the likelihood of radiation being randomly released throughout the body.


Some patients are still more comfortable with external radiation therapies knowing that the radiation is controlled from the outside of their body and once the treatment is over, the radiation is complete.


Choosing the best mesothelioma treatment involves making decisions based on financial viability, the stress and toll it is likely to take on the body, the percentage of effectiveness, and the patient’s ability to emotionally withstand the proposed treatment. Choosing between brachytherapy and external radiation treatment is a decision that only the mesothelioma victim and their family can ultimately make. The advice of doctors and other professionals may factor in, but a mesothelioma victim needs to be able to take into account what happens to their own body.


Despite the success of brachytherapy and patient comfort with external radiation, mesothelioma treatments are not typically a cure. Prolonging life and making patients as comfortable as possible is the aim of mesothelioma treatment.


This is an unfortunate fact regarding mesothelioma. The success rate of survival despite mesothelioma treatment is dramatically low. While medical research is still attempting to up the ante when it comes to mesothelioma treatments, without early detection, mesothelioma victims have an unbearably low survival rate. With new medications and new mesothelioma treatments, it is possible that one day the survival rate will eventually climb.

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Nick Johnson is lead counsel and founding partner of Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving all types of Mesothelioma. Call 1-888-311-5522 today or visit http://www.nickjohnsonlaw.com for a free case evaluation.


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