Radiation is one of the most common treatments for mesothelioma. Radiation therapy is often used in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy for the treatment of mesothelioma.
What is Radiation?
Generally speaking, radiation therapy or radiotherapy in treating mesothelioma works by directing a source of radiation toward the treatment area. The radiation works to damage the DNA of the mesothelioma cells. This damage to the DNA is inherited by other cancer cells through cell division. This causes the mesothelioma cells to die or reproduce more slowly. DNA damage is inherited through cell division, accumulating damage to the mesothelioma cells, causing them to die or reproduce more slowly.
Mesothelioma patients may receive either external beam radiation therapy or brachytherapy. The external beam radiation bombards radiation beams at tumors to kill the cancer cells. Brachytherapy for mesothelioma is a relatively new treatment and involves implanting tiny radioactive rods in a tumor. This provides a strong, concentrated dose to the tumor while doing little damage to the surrounding healthy cells.
Can Radiation Cure Mesothelioma?
Although radiation treatment is no cure for mesothelioma, radiation does work to relieve the symptoms of tumor growth. As a result, chemotherapy works as a pain-relieving measure improving the patient’s quality of life. The combination of treatments are successful in increasing the mesothelioma patient’s life span while improving their quality of life.
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