Pain in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

The pain which patients get with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) can be very difficult to control with standard painkillers and very often people remain uncomfortable despite being on a combination of tablets and patches. Treatment with high energy x-ray beams (radiotherapy) to areas of discomfort has been used for many years to help relieve pain in these patients, despite a lack of strong evidence to show that this works well or to indicate which dose of radiotherapy is best.

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