Shrader & Associates, L.L.P.
Many patients diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma seek treatment immediately. If you wish to actively treat your disease, there are a number of options available. If you are diagnosed in a stage in which you are viable for surgery, you will often be referred for a multimodality approach. This technique uses many treatment options at once or sequentially to treat a patient’s disease. Normally, surgery is followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Once you have been evaluated by an expert, they will personalize an approach for your specific and individual needs. Many surgeons prefer the patient wait until after surgery to begin chemotherapy with the intent of removing a tumor or part of the tumor so that the chemotherapy can focus on what is left rather than the tumor as a whole. Typically, the patient is afforded a short recovery period after the surgery before chemotherapy will begin.