Patient Comments: Mesothelioma - Treatment

What kinds of medical treatment have you received for mesothelioma?

Comment from: maurice, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 14

I am a schoolteacher, suffering fatigue and breathlessness. It was diagnosed originally as adult onset asthma. Picked up by a locum general physician that it was more serious, and was diagnosed mesothelioma within 10 days, after tests at our local teaching hospital. Current treatment is Cisplatin and pemetrexed.

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Comment from: NelleS, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 12

My husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma last March (2013). He was not a candidate for surgery, so started receiving chemotherapy in April 2013. He had 2 or 3 rounds of Cisplatin and Alimta. However, he did not tolerate the Cisplatin well, so he has been getting Alimta only. The oncologist has said that the Alimta is no longer working, as there appears to be more involvement in my husband"s abdomen. Plus, he now has a golf-ball sized tumor just under the skin near his collarbone. The oncologist now wants my husband to start getting gemcitabine every week. However, my husband is very nervous about the stated side effects. He is considering not using this drug and staying on Alimta.

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