Mesothelioma Alternative Treatments

By Wendy Wells, NMD.

Alternative mesothelioma therapies are often criticized for two main reasons. First, therapies are not rigorously tested for effectiveness or safety. Second, alternative therapy effectiveness evidence is largely anecdotal.

Here is a quick review of current traditional and alternative mesothelioma treatments. However, testing, safety and effectiveness of these treatments below have been taken into consideration.

Those At Risk

Mesothelioma results from excessive exposure to asbestos. Specific occupations that may be at risk of exposure to common hazards by breathing insulation, plastics, and ceiling tile dust:

Typical asbestos exposure sites include:

Traditional Mesothelioma Treatments

Chemotherapy treatments show promise in extending the survival rate of mesothelioma patients. The combination of the drugs Altima.comExit Site (Pemetrexed disodium), and CisplatinExit Site (cis-diamminedichloroplatinum) has become the mainstay of chemotherapy for patients seeking mesothelioma treatments. However, clinical trials show, "some side effects could be serious, a few side effects can be permanent, many are temporary." Alimta.comExit Site

"Surgery and radiotherapy play a limited role, treating only a select group of mesothelioma patients. Furthermore, success results are still modest, with a median survival of approximately 1 year." PMID:19374599Exit Site

Vitamin C and E

Alternative Mesothelioma Treatments

New research published in peer-reviewed journals suggest new alternatives to traditional mesothelioma treatments.

Vitamin C

Research results published in the Journal of Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 2010, suggests ascorbic acid (vitamin C) may have benefits for patients with mesothelioma. High doses of ascorbic acid induces cell death in human mesothelioma cells. PMID:20171954Exit Site

Vitamin E

"The tocotrienol-rich fraction from rice bran enhances cisplatin-induced cytotoxicity in human mesothelioma H28 cells." PMID:20127663Exit Site Tocopherols and tocotrienols, collectively known as tocochromanols, are lipid-soluble molecules that belong to the group of vitamin E compounds and are essential in the human diet. PMID:20385544Exit Site

Tea Tree Oil

According to a study published in the Journal of Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology 2010, tea tree oil and terpinen-4-ol had significant anti-proliferative activity against two tumor cell lines, AE17 mesothelioma and B16 melanoma. The identification of primary necrotic cell death and cell cycle arrest of the aggressive tumor cells highlights the potential anticancer activity of tea tree oil and terpinen-4-ol. " Induction of necrosis and cell cycle arrest in murine cancer cell lines by Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) oil and terpinen-4-ol." PMID:19680653Exit Site Cardamom seed oil is an additional source of terpinenol-4Exit Site

Northern Leopard Frog,  Rana Pipiens
Northern Leopard Frog, Rana Pipiens

Northern Leopard Frog Eggs

Research published in the BMC Cancer Journal 2010 shows how onconase and amphinase act as anti-tumor ribonucleases from Rana pipiens oocytes (eggs). Treatments with ribonucleases are strongly synergistic when combined with numerous other anti-tumor modalities. Ribonucleases contain highly cationic molecules, exhibiting a preferential toxicity towards lung cancer cells. Theses findings provide insights regarding mechanisms that may contribute to the efficacy of this novel drug in clinical trials of mesothelioma patients who have failed first line chemotherapy, or radiation treatment. PMID:20137089Exit Site

Wendy Wells

Author Wendy Wells is a licensed naturopathic physician in the state of Arizona.
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