Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects the lining of the abdominal cavity. It is caused by asbestos exposure and typically affects people in their fifties and sixties. This type of cancer is difficult to treat and it can be challenging to find effective treatments. However, there is hope for people living with peritoneal mesothelioma.
One of the most promising treatments for peritoneal mesothelioma is intraperitoneal chemotherapy. This type of chemotherapy involves delivering the chemotherapy drugs directly into the abdominal cavity. This increases the amount of chemotherapy drugs available to the tumor, which can help to reduce the size of the tumor and improve the patient’s prognosis.
Surgery is also an option for some patients with peritoneal mesothelioma. This type of surgery, known as cytoreductive surgery, removes as much of the tumor as possible. This can help to reduce the size of the tumor and improve the patient’s prognosis. In some cases, chemotherapy and radiation therapy can be used after the surgery to help reduce the size of any remaining tumor cells.
There are also some clinical trials available for people living with peritoneal mesothelioma. Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate new treatments or combinations of treatments. Participating in a clinical trial can give patients access to the latest treatments and possibly improve their prognosis.
Finally, there are support groups and resources available for people living with peritoneal mesothelioma. Organizations like the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) provide support and resources for patients and their families. Support groups can provide emotional support and help to connect patients with others who are going through a similar experience.
Living with peritoneal mesothelioma can be a challenging experience. However, there is hope for people living with this type of cancer. Intraperitoneal chemotherapy, surgery, clinical trials, and support groups can all help to improve the patient’s prognosis and quality of life. With the right treatment and support, people living with peritoneal mesothelioma can have a good quality of life.