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Palliative care for mesothelioma

In this section we cover what palliative care is and how it’s used as treatment for mesothelioma. 

Controlling your mesothelioma symptoms is very important to help maintain or improve your quality of life. You might decide with your doctors that you want to have palliative treatment. Palliative treatment uses medicines or other treatments to control the symptoms you might be getting. Such as a cough, feeling out of breath, pain, loss of appetite or feeling weak. The aim of palliative care is to make you feel as well as possible to improve your quality of life. 

Palliative care is considered a supportive treatment, and so it can be given alongside surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It can be beneficial at all stages of mesothelioma to improve your quality of life, not just in the final stages.

Your specialist doctor might be able to refer you to a palliative care team who can visit you and your family at home. Some of these teams are linked to a local hospice and can provide lots of additional help and support during your illness.

Other treatments for mesothelioma:

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Last medically reviewed: November 2020. Due for review: November 2023

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