Discovering you have mesothelioma is a tragic experience. Most people know that mesothelioma is a form of cancer and there is no cure. However, it is important to know that you have treatment options, and legal help is available.

At VanNess & VanNess, P.A., we strive to be the primary resource for people who have contracted mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos. We can help you find the appropriate treatment and surgical options, and assert your legal right to compensation for the tragedy you have suffered. Our central Florida mesothelioma attorneys are dedicated to helping you throughout the challenges of mesothelioma.

Treating Mesothelioma

Although there is no cure at this time for mesothelioma, there are a number of treatment options available. The most common treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This page focuses on nonsurgical approaches.

Traditional Treatment Options ∙ Chemotherapy And Radiation Therapy

Nonsurgical treatment options may include:

  • Chemotherapy: This is the introduction of a drug into the bloodstream, either through pill form or through injection, that flows through the bloodstream, killing off cancer cells. This is a powerful treatment option in combination with surgery, as it can often kill off the cancer cells that remain after surgery.
  • Radiation therapy: Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to destroy the cancer cells and shrink tumors. This treatment is introduced either through external radiation or through implant radiation. Although radiation therapy rarely eliminates mesothelioma tumors without injuring other organs, it can be effective in minimizing pain and discomfort for patients.

Non-Traditional Treatment Options Photodynamic Therapy, Gene Therapy And Immunotherapy

Photodynamic therapy uses light energy to destroy cancer cells. This treatment option, still in the experimental stage, is most effective when combined with surgery and it has shown considerable promise in treating other forms of cancer, as well.

Gene therapy is a new treatment, still in the clinical trials stage. The advantage of this approach over chemotherapy is that it treats tumors without destroying healthy cells. In gene therapy, a "suicide gene" is inserted directly into the tumor to destroy the genetic defects that allow a tumor to develop. A drug is then administered to destroy the newly sensitive cancer cells without harming nearby healthy cells.

Immunotherapy (or biological therapy) is another nontraditional treatment option that is still in the clinical trials stage. The goal of immunotherapy is to strengthen the body's immune system in order to fight the cancer cells.

Lawyers Focusing On Asbestos-Caused Cancer

If you've been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-caused lung cancer, we invite you to call us. Talk with an experienced attorney from VanNess & VanNess, P.A. Call 352-436-4333 (866-697-6221 toll free) or contact us online to schedule a consultation.