Alternative Mesothelioma Treatment Options
If you have exhausted all conventional treatments, consider these alternative mesothelioma treatment options that are now available. Some of these procedures have been proven to be very effective in some cases, while others are purely experimental in nature. It is up to you to decide if you want to try one or more of these alternative mesothelioma treatment options available.
Some conventional doctors will be very supportive of any effort made to prolong the life and comfort of mesothelioma patients, but others may be apprehensive about any unconventional approach to treating mesothelioma cancer. To be sure that any potential treatments are safe, you should always discuss these alternatives fully and be aware of not only the potential benefits but the risks as well.
Alternative Treatments May Not Be Regulated
Some alternative mesothelioma treatment options are available in the United States, especially those currently being used in clinical trials. Ask your doctor about any mesothelioma or asbestos related clinical trials which you might be eligible for; these treatments are always carefully monitored and free to the patient.
Other mesothelioma treatments may not be available in the United States due to their unorthodox nature or lack of approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This doesn’t necessarily mean these alternatives aren’t safe; some of them simply don’t use drugs that are regulated, but rely on herbs or specific diets instead.
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Immune System Enhancers
CoEnzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring enzyme in the body that is known to enhance the function of the immune system. Some believe that increased doses of this enzyme will not only boost the immune system but also shrink tumor growth and inhibit oxidation in the body’s cells (oxidation is crucial to the process of cancer growth). It is also said to be effective for other asbestos related illnesses. CoEnzyme Q10 can be given at regular intervals and is an alternative mesothelioma treatment gaining quite a bit of press recently.
Coley Toxins are just what they sound like – toxins, in the form of infectious agents, which are injected into the blood stream. These are usually given intravenously and must be prepared by a licensed doctor in an office or clinical setting to ensure safety and prevent contamination. Various combinations of infectious agents, enzymes and toxins can be mixed to produce a personalized “Coley toxin cocktail” that is best for your form of mesothelioma. This method of treating mesothelioma is rather like getting a “bacterial vaccine” against the cancer, and is often used in conjunction with more traditional alternatives of treating mesothelioma.
Photodynamic therapy is a highly advanced form of mesothelioma therapy. You may have to travel outside the United States to receive this alternative treatment. The patient is first injected with a photosensitized isotope that will go through the blood stream and into the tumor or cancerous area. This in turn is activated when laser light is directed to the area, destroying only the targeted, cancerous tissue.
Only the patient, whether it is you or your loved one, can decide if pursuing an alternative mesothelioma cancer treatment is the right thing to do. If you are considering one or more of these therapies, be sure to read all of the literature provided, ask plenty of questions and get statistics on both successes and side effects so that an informed decision can be made about your alternative mesothelioma treatment and prognosis.
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