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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can radiation therapy work to get rid of mesothelioma cancer?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 18 years experience
Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is an aggressive tumor arising from the lining of the lung or peritoneum. Because the tumor often occupies a broader area that can easily spread, radiation is an attempt to treat the field (the tumor and its surroundings, often contaminated by tumor). Radiation causes additional mutations in rapidly dividing cells with the hope it stops further growth and spread.
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Dr. Brian Lawenda
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Depends: Surgery is often the first treatment in managing mesothelioma. Radiation can be used to treat the areas that the surgeon couldn't remove entirely or had concern that the margins of resection were close. Some also use it to treat areas that might have residual mesothelioma cell contamination (i.e. Biopsy sites, chest tube sites).
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can radiation therapy get rid of a mesothelioma?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Not likely: Mesothelioma has been treated with radiation therapy but it is not very effective. Luckily there is now chemotherapy available which can help control the disease. Surgery still remains the only possibility for clearing the disease totally.
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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
A very large surgery, good more recent chemotherapy and fancy radiation to higher doses than previously possible has shown some promissing results.
Nov 9, 2011
Last updated Jul 9, 2015
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