Because chemotherapy drugs have not been very effective against advanced mesothelioma, several new approaches to cancer treatment are now being studied. These include anti-angiogenesis drugs (which kill cancers by stopping their blood supply) such as Bevacizumab (Avastin) and anti-growth factor drugs (which interfere with substances some cancer cells produce to stimulate their own growth) such as Erlotinib (Tarceva).
Avastin is the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved therapy designed to inhibit angiogenesis, the process by which new blood vessels develop and carry vital nutrients to a tumor. You can learn more about it here.
Tarceva is a pill taken by mouth to treat cancer. It is prescribed for patients with advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) who have received at least one previous chemotherapy regimen. You can learn more about it here.
If you live in the NY area and have mesothelioma that may have been caused by negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the law firm of Levy Phillips & Konigsberg LLP for more information.