Mesothelioma Cancer Information
What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops from cells of the mesothelium, the lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body.
The main purpose of the mesothelium is to produce a lubricating fluid that is released between layers. This fluid provides a slippery and protective surface to allow movement between tissues and organs. For example, it allows the lungs or abdomen to expand and contract smoothly.
When the cells of the mesothelium turn cancerous they become mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma Treatment Options
When a person is diagnosed with mesothelioma, one of the first questions asked is what treatments are available. Treatments are, of course, dependent upon the patient. For mesothelioma they can depend on these factors and others:
- The type of mesothelioma
- The stage and cell type
- The health of the patient
- The patient’s decisions
HIPEC and Mesothelioma
What is HIPEC? HIPEC stands for hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. “Intraperitoneal” means that the treatment is placed inside the abdominal cavity. “Hyperthermic chemotherapy” means that the chemotherapy is heated to a temperature greater than normal body temperature. It is a procedure used to treat mesothelioma where heated and concentrated chemotherapy is placed directly in the surgical cavity during surgery.
Paul Kraus was diagnosed in 1997 before HIPEC was widely available. Although Paul has survived more than 20 years with peritoneal mesothelioma, he did not have HIPEC. In his book, he explains other healing methods used by mesothelioma patients who may use HIPEC.
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