• By Laurel J. Kelly

Living With Cancer: The connection between asbestos and mesothelioma

August 11, 2017

a medical illustration of advanced mesothelioma of the lung and a thoracoscopic biopsyAsbestos and mesothelioma 
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer. Treatments are available, but for many people with mesothelioma, a cure is not possible. Asbestos is the primary risk factor for mesothelioma. Reducing your exposure to asbestos — directly and secondhand — may lower your risk of mesothelioma. Learn more about the connection between asbestos and mesothelioma.

Is photodynamic therapy an effective treatment for lung cancer? 
Photodynamic therapy may play a limited role in lung cancer treatment, generally complementing, rather than replacing, other forms of treatment. It is not effective for cancer that has spread beyond the lung or tumors that can't be reached by the bronchoscope. Learn more from Dr. Timothy Moynihan, a Mayo Clinic oncologist.

Hypercalcemia: An overview
Hypercalcemia is a condition in which the calcium level in your blood is above normal. Too much calcium in your blood can weaken your bones, create kidney stones, and interfere with how your heart and brain work. Learn more about the symptoms, causes and treatments for hypercalcemia.

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