Asbestos Treatments

Treatment for asbestos cancer is determined according to the extent and location and type of the cancer. The most common treatment options are surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. They can be performed alone, or in combination (often referred to as multi-modality), and each technique is described below.


Surgery means the doctor may remove the cancerous area and the tissue surrounding it.

Radiation or Radiotherapy

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. This technique affects the cancer cells only in the treated area. There are two types of radiotherapy: external radiation and internal radiation therapy. The difference between them is that external radiation is generated through a machine, while internal radiation therapy is brought straight to the source of the cancer by sending radioactive materials into the body through small tubes.


Chemotherapy uses anticancer drugs to kill the cancer cells in the body. Where internal radiation therapy affects only the place where the cancer cells had been found, chemotherapy can kill cancer cells throughout the body. This is done by injection.

In addition to traditional treatments, new cancer treatments are continually being tested through medical research studies. These treatments are called clinical trials, and they help researchers determine whether new treatments are safe and effective for general use, while giving patients with few treatment options an opportunity to try new treatments.

For more information, see The Mesothelioma Center for more information on asbestos cancer treatments.

Learn more about clinical trials

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Shipyard Asbestos

At its peak, 1.7 million workers were employed by U.S. Naval shipyards. Asbestos cladding and insulation was so widely used on ships that every one of these workers was likely exposed to asbestos. [High risk asbestos jobs.]

Asbestos Products

Since 1900, enough asbestos cement pipe has been manufactured to circle the earth more than 17 times. Asbestos has been used in everything from cigarette filters to mattresses, although the most common uses for asbestos over the last century been in materials for industrial and construction purposes. [Products that contain asbestos.]

Malignant Mesothelioma

Lung xray.Mesothelioma cancer is a tumor affecting the thin membranes lining some of the body's internal cavities and organs. An aggressive and deadly cancer, mesothelioma's only known cause is asbestos exposure, making it exceedingly preventable, had asbestos companies cared to try. [Mesothelioma asbestos cancer.]

Asbestos Cancer Clinical Trials

Interested in learning about new and novel treatments for asbestos cancer? Reading up on the latest clinical trials can be a good way to learn about the cutting edge in medical research. You may even find a program you and your physician think you could benefit from participating in. [Asbestos Cancer: Clinical Trials]

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