Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer which occurs in the cells surrounding our organs called the mesothelial cells. Mesothelioma occurs most frequently in the area of tissue covering the lungs and is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos related cancer usually takes until 20-50 years after the exposure to be diagnosed and due to the negative prognosis it has, in recent years there has been more and more research into alternative treatments which can be used to eradicate the disease from sufferers’ bodies or improve their quality of life.

Many of these alternative therapies are still in research and testing stages, but a growing number of those suffer ring with the disease are willing to take a chance and undergo treatment.

Vitamin C was trialled as a cure at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Scotland and was reported to have ‘excellent results’. A chief surgeon administered relatively high doses to cancer patients in this study, although in other studies no efficacy has been reported.

Iscador, a natural remedy, is the trading name of Viscum album, a particular species of mistletoe, , which has been said to reduce the effects of cancer. Very few experts suggest Viscum album reduces tumour size, but stimulation of the immune system, an improved in general health well being, and a reversion of cancerous cells into less damaging forms are some of its benefits.

Astragulus is another plant based treatment, which comes from a native Chinese plant which has been studied as a cancer remedy in China. One such study concluded that if chemotherapy was combined with injections of Astragulus then a tumours development could be inhibited and the function of the immune system would improve.

No alternative therapies have been completely endorses as successful as of yet, but the advancements in the way we can treat and reduce the effects of asbestos cancer imply that experts are getting closer to finding ways of increasing life expectancy in patients, or perhaps even finding a cure.

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