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Chemotherapy and Mesothelioma

How Chemotherapy is Used to Treat Mesothelioma

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Updated July 31, 2009

When an oncologist recommends chemotherapy for someone with mesothelioma, a type of therapy called combination therapy is often the prescribed treatment. Combination therapy utilizes two chemotherapy drugs instead of just one, which has been found to be more effective in mesothelioma. Alimta is one of the most common drugs used in combination therapy chemotherapy drugs used in mesothelioma. It is often used in conjunction with cisplatin, Again, like other treatments, the intent of chemotherapy is not curative - it is to improve quality of life by supressing and treating symptoms and complications of the disease.

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