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Treatments for mesothelioma

Treatments for mesothelioma are typically aimed at controlling the disease for as long as possible.  

Leigh Day’s experienced asbestos lawyers are experts in securing funding for non-NHS funded treatment costs, including immunotherapy, in successful cases.

What treatments are usually available?

This will depend on a number of factors including your general fitness, any pre-existing health conditions, the type of mesothelioma and the stage your illness is at.

It is not the intention of this website to offer a comprehensive guide about available treatment options and this is something that should be discussed with your treating doctors.  More information is available from the charity Mesothelioma UK, who we work closely with

What treatments do the NHS provide?

This can vary based on your individual circumstances.  
Pleural effusions (build-up of fluid in the lung) are commonly drained to alleviate symptoms and doctors will attempt a procedure to insert surgical talc to try to prevent the build up of fluid.

It is common for those with mesothelioma to be treated with palliative chemotherapy in an effort to stabilise the disease.  Radiotherapy and surgery may also be considered.

Are clinical trials available?

Some types of treatments may be offered as part of a clinical trial.  The results of trials can help to improve treatment in the future, but their availability varies considerably.  The most up to date information can be found on the Mesothelioma UK clinical trials page.

How can Leigh Day help fund treatment in the private sector?
As a result of research some “second line” treatments that have seen promising results in trials are available privately in the UK. 

Immunotherapy is an emerging form of treatment for mesothelioma. Immunotherapy trials are ongoing and may be available.  Alternatively, immunotherapy treatment can be provided in the private sector, although it be can extremely expensive.   

Leigh Day are experts in bringing successful claims when compensation for the cost of immunotherapy has been recovered from defendants as part of successful claims.

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