Chemotherapy can be taken either orally or administered intravenously. It works by entering the bloodstream and killing off fast-growing cells, including cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with surgery or radiation therapy.
There are numerous drugs used in chemotherapy for mesothelioma patients, some of the most efficient ones are doxorubicin, cisplatin, and methotrexate.
Because chemotherapy kills fast-growing cells, patients will often suffer from side effects such as hair loss and the depletion of white blood cells which are vital to the immune system, leaving patients at a greater risk of developing infections and viruses.