When a diagnosis of mesothelioma is made, the first question usually asked is “what are my treatment options?” Often, those with mesothelioma are hesitant to start chemotherapy, because of the perceived side effects which can often accompany the treatment.
While chemotherapy can still carry severe side effects, modern medicine has made cancer treatment far less miserable than it was even 10 years ago. There are different types of mesothelioma chemotherapy: systemic therapy (injections), intrapleural (directly into the chest) and intrapertioneal (into the abdomen) are the most common. Chemotherapy is the main treatment (along with radiation therapy) and slows the progression of the disease. This allows for a higher quality of life.