Mesothelioma

Cancer Care Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that

develops in the lining that covers the outer

surface of some of the body’s organs. This

cancer is usually linked to asbestos exposure.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the lining that covers the outer surface of some of the body’s organs. This cancer is usually linked to asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma affects mainly the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma), although it can also affect the lining of the stomach testicles or heart.

Over 2,600 people throughout the UK are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year, with most cases diagnosed in people aged 60-80.

Unfortunately, it is rarely possible to cure this disease but there are treatments available that are life-extending. Clatterbridge Private Clinic is the only provider in the North West that provides Pembrolizumab Immunotherapy outpatient treatment for this condition.

What causes Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is almost always caused by asbestos exposure; this is a group of minerals made of microscopic fibres which used to be commonly used in construction.

It’s easy for these tiny fibres to get into the lungs where they get stuck, damaging the lungs over time.

It can take a while for this to cause any obvious problems, with mesothelioma typically developing over 20 years after exposure.

Asbestos use was completely banned in 1999, so the risk of exposure is much lower today, however, materials containing asbestos can still be found in older buildings.

Symptoms
Diagnosis

Treatments available at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Breast Cancer Care at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Radiotherapy

radiotherapy involves using high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells; this may be used to slow the cancer down and keep it under control

Breast Cancer Care at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Chemotherapy

chemotherapy is the main treatment for mesothelioma and uses medicine to shrink the cancer.

Breast Cancer Care at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Pembrolizumab Immunotherapy

this treatment stimulates the body’s immune system to fight the cancer cells.

Breast Cancer Care at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Surgery

this is an option to remove the cancerous area if it’s detected at an early stage, although it’s not clear whether surgery is helpful.

Radiotherapy
Breast Cancer Care at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Radiotherapy

radiotherapy involves using high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells; this may be used to slow the cancer down and keep it under control

Chemotherapy
Breast Cancer Care at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Chemotherapy

chemotherapy is the main treatment for mesothelioma and uses medicine to shrink the cancer.

Immunotherapy
Breast Cancer Care at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Pembrolizumab Immunotherapy

this treatment stimulates the body’s immune system to fight the cancer cells.

Surgery
Breast Cancer Care at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Surgery

this is an option to remove the cancerous area if it’s detected at an early stage, although it’s not clear whether surgery is helpful.

Mesothelioma Specialists

Consultant
Dr ANTHONY POPE
Consultant in Clinical Oncology
Dr. Richard Griffiths
Dr RICHARD GRIFFITHS
Consultant in medical Oncology