Mesothelioma Treatment Drugs

Mesothelioma Treatment Drugs According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), several mesothelioma drugs have been used as chemotherapy treatments for this type of cancer. The ACS says that these drugs are often given in combinations, but may be given individually to patients who cannot tolerate taking more than one drug. The ACS lists pemetrexed, also called Alimta™, and cisplatin as the current preferred mesothelioma treatment combination of drugs. Studies showed this combination almost doubled patients’ average survival time compared to those taking only cisplatin. This combination of mesothelioma drugs also produced fewer side effects compared to other treatments. The ACS also states that the combination of cisplatin and gemcitabine has had a good response rate in mesothelioma patients. Other combinations of mesothelioma drugs treatments include: Methotrexate and vincristine Cisplatin, vinblastine, and mitomycin Cisplatin and Doxorubicin Doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide (or ifosfamide), and cisplatin Other individual mesothelioma treatment drugs include: Irinotican Dacarbazine Raltitrexed Gemcitabine Carboplatin Vinorelbine Mesothelioma drugs have been known to cause nausea and vomiting, but doctors have found that the combination of cisplatin with carboplatin causes fewer of these side effects in treatment regimens. The ACS notes that a new drug called raltitrexed combined with cisplatin has been shown to help patients with
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