Chemotherapy for Malignant Mesothelioma
Chemotherapy (chemo) is treatment with anti-cancer drugs. It’s used in many different ways to treat mesothelioma. More studies are needed to find the best drugs and the best way to use chemo. Today, the best results are seen when it’s used along with surgery.
If mesothelioma can be treated with surgery, chemo may be given first (before surgery) to try to shrink the cancer and lower the risk that it will spread. This is called neoadjuvant therapy.
Chemo can also be given after surgery to try to kill any cancer cells that were left behind. This type of treatment, called adjuvant therapy, may help delay or help keep the cancer from growing back.