Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which occurs in the cells surrounding the organs called the mesothelial cells. Mesothelioma occurs most frequently in the tissues covering the lungs and is nearly always caused by exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos related cancer is not usually diagnosed until 20-50 years after the exposure and in recent years there has been moves towards discovering alternative treatments in order to eradicate the disease from sufferers’ bodies.

Many of the treatments are still in research and testing stages, but a number of sufferers are willing to take the risk and undergo treatment.

Vitamin C has been trialled as a cure at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Scotland and reportedly had ‘excellent results’. It was administered in quite high doses by the chief surgeon and was deemed successful, although in other studies have reported minimal or no success.

Iscador is the brand name for a certain species of mistletoe, Viscum album, which has been suggested, can reduce the effects of cancer. Few experts suggest is reduces tumour size, but the benefits are believed to be a stimulation of the immune system, an improvement in general well being, and a reversion of cancerous cells into less damaging forms.

Astragulus is another plant based remedy emerging into the market, and it is a native Chinese plant which has been trialled as a remedy in China. One such trial concluded that if Astragulus was injected alongside traditional chemotherapy then it would result in the development of tumours being inhibited and the immune system would improve.

None of the alternative therapies mentioned have been fully endorsed yet, but the fact we have made these discoveries and advancements into new ways of treating and reducing the effects of asbestos cancer suggests that researchers and doctors are getting close to finding ways of increasing life expectancy in patients, or even producing a cure.

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