A former client Mrs X is undergoing treatment in Frankfurt, Germany as part of her treatment for mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos.

There are a number of new treatments being pioneered around the world at the moment including:

  • Intraarterial chemotherapy
  • Radiofrequnecy ablation
  • Laser induced thermotherapy
  • Microwave ablation

Mrs X underwent Transpulmonary chemoembolization (TPCE) and transarterial chemoperfusion. This basically means that chemotherapeutic agents are directly administered into the mesothlioma tumour via an artery.

Between 2008 and 2009, 15 patients suffering from pleural mesothelioma. Early findings would suggest that the treatment undertaken by the patients has been of some benefit but further studies are necessary.

The next step for the patient is to try and get the Primary Care Trust to pay for the treatment which to date has been paid privately. We will keep everyone up to date with the new treatment.