Pericardial mesothelioma is the most rare case of asbestos related cancer. All cases only 5%. Pericardial mesothelioma is a cancer that grows on the pericardium and can have deadly consequences because of its infection.
There are three options to treat this disease:
- Radiation therapy
Pericardial mesothelioma is difficult to treat because of intricacies involved in removing the tumors from the pericardium and the patients have a lower chance to survive. Though there are three options to treat the disease, all of them has a low rate of success. It is due to the fact that when pericardial mesothelioma is detected it is already in the mature stages of development. The early stages of this disease is similar with pneumonia that is why it is hard to detect the disease since early stage. The prognosis for a patient undergoing the treatment for this disease is usually less than a year.
The patients will need doctor’s evaluation in order to get the suitable treatment for them. The treatment will depend on age, weight, medical history, and general well-being are considered prior to the commencement of treatment.
Pericardial Mesothelioma Treatments
Large doses of radiation are used to kill the cancerous cells on the pericardium. To be noted that the radiation treatment is that not only are you killing off the cancerous cells, but you are also damaging the vital organs in close proximity to the heart.
Aggressive surgery : to remove the cancerous cells
Palliative procedure : used in the latest stage of of pericardial mesothelioma. It aims to reduce the symptoms. At this stages, the cancer is already incurable.
Use anticancer drugs. But the majority drugs used have a low success rate in this disease.
- Dual Therapy
Used all three aforementioned treatments options. The success rate of this method is higher but still dangerous.