Mesothelioma is treated in three main ways: with surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Patients with stage I, II or III pleural mesothelioma are typically treated with a combination of all three therapies. If microscopic disease remains after surgery, your oncologist may recommend radiation therapy to destroy leftover cancer cells. Radiation treatments may also be used to alleviate chest pain, shortness of breath or swallowing difficulties. For patients with inoperable, stage IV disease, chemotherapy is typically recommended.
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