Mesothelioma

Palliative care for mesothelioma

Controlling your mesothelioma symptoms is very important and you might decide with your doctors that you want to have palliative treatment.

This 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 treatment can be given alongside surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. It can be beneficial at all stages of mesothelioma, 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 2017. Due for review: November 2020

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