Alimta Chemotherapy – Mesothelioma Treatment Approved by FDA

Currently, Alimta chemotherapy, in combination with Cisplatin, is the only mesothelioma treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people suffering from pleural mesothelioma.

In studies, such as those published in the July 2006 issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, patients who took Alimta (pemetrexed) with or without Cisplatin, a widely used platinum-containing chemotherapy drug, demonstrated a marked improvement in their condition. This is welcome news for people suffering from malignant pleural mesothelioma, which is notoriously difficult to treat with medication or surgery.

Manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company, Alimta chemotherapy operates by impeding the enzymes that cancer cells require to reproduce. While Alimta and Cisplatin will not cleanse cancer from the body, such mesothelioma treatment may however extend a patient’s lifespan.

It is essential that before a patient begins receiving Alimta chemotherapy that he or she informs their doctor whether they are currently taking ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat pain or arthritis. Also, patients should notify their physician of any kidney problems.

It is advisable that patients take 350 to 1000 micrograms of folic acid per day, for five days, the week before they begin Alimta chemotherapy. This should be kept up until twenty-one days after the patient’s last cycle of Alimta treatment. It is also advisable that patients take dexamethasone, a steroid medication, to curb the risk of adverse effects. Unless a doctor recommends differently, dexamethasone should be taken twice per day, on the day before, the day of, and the day after their mesothelioma treatment.

More information about Alimta chemotherapy can be found at http://www.alimta.com.

Frequently asked questions and answers about Alimta chemotherapy are also available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000393.

ATTENTION: Mesothelioma has no known cure and often causes severe pain, suffering, and other types of damage, such as loss of consortium, and loss of income. Additionally, due to the exceedingly high cost of mesothelioma treatments, many families exhaust savings and accumulate financial debt in order to pay for the medical expenses of their family member.

Under the law of most states, pain and suffering from mesothelioma may be compensated through the award of money damages, usually obtained with the help of experienced mesothelioma attorneys. In some states other types of damages may also be recovered.

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IMPORTANT: If you or your family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should get in touch with a mesothelioma lawyer as early as possible to determine if you have a mesothelioma case and to:
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    • Preserve evidence and establish facts of the asbestos exposure while the claimant is still alive and able to provide information;
    • File and resolve a lawsuit against the responsible parties before they file for bankruptcy or, if they already have, to obtain compensation before their bankruptcy trust funds run out of money;
  • Expedite your case, as courts tend to give higher priority to mesothelioma lawsuits where the claimant is still alive.
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