This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information summary provides an overview of the use of PC-SPES as a treatment in people with cancer. The summary includes a brief history of PC-SPES research, the results of clinical trials, and possible adverse effects of PC-SPES. Included in this summary is a discussion of the contamination of PC-SPES and its withdrawal from avenues of distribution.
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PC-SPES is a patented mixture of eight...
If localized malignant mesothelioma is found in more than one place in the chest, treatment may be one of the following:
Pleurectomy and decortication, with or without radiation therapy, as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life.
Radiation therapy as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life.
A clinical trial of anticancer drugs placed directly into the chest after surgery to remove the tumor.
A clinical trial of combinations of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
A clinical trial of a new treatment.
Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with localized malignant mesothelioma. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. Talk with your doctor about clinical trials that may be right for you. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.
Advanced Malignant Mesothelioma (Stage II, Stage III, and Stage IV)
Treatment of advanced malignant mesothelioma may include the following:
Surgery to drain fluid that has collected in the chest, to reduce discomfort. Pleurodesis may be done to stop more fluid from collecting in the chest.
Pleurectomy and decortication, as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life.
Radiation therapy as palliative therapy to relieve pain.