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Alimta® and Cisplatin

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Alimta® and cisplatin are two chemotherapy drugs that are considered the standard combination when treating mesothelioma. Together, they can have a significant impact on a patient’s life expectancy and survival rate. Clinical studies of Alimta® were successful when the drug was first introduced in 2000 (and later FDA-approved in 2004), but it was found to be even more effective when combined with cisplatin for chemotherapy, increasing a patient’s survival rate by an average of three months.

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The Benefits of Alimta® and Cisplatin

Alimta® is the brand name for a drug known as pemetrexed - an antifolate that interferes with the enzymes that are needed for the production and growth of mesothelioma cells.

Chemotherapy has always been difficult in mesothelioma treatment - partly because it is such a rare cancer, making it difficult to test chemotherapy methods on a large group of people in a clinical setting. However, the development of Alimta® was a turning point. The drug was conceived with mesothelioma patients in mind, and has proven very effective when combined with cisplatin, which has been used in mesothelioma treatment for decades.

Alimta® and cisplatin can be applied in a number of different ways:

  • As first-line chemotherapy
  • As a form of maintenance treatment after first-line chemotherapy (Alimta® is often used alone in these cases)
  • As second-line chemotherapy

There are currently several ongoing clinical trials studying the effects of Alimta® and cisplatin when used both separately and together. For example, a study in Toronto is focused on the effects of Alimta® and cisplatin when used after surgery and radiation therapy.

Finding the Right Approach to Mesothelioma Treatment

Although Alimta® and cisplatin have proven to be very beneficial for many mesothelioma patients, they may not be ideal for your treatment. Only a qualified mesothelioma specialist can tell you which treatment methods are best for you based on the specific details of your diagnosis.

Our experienced Houston mesothelioma lawyers can refer you to top mesothelioma specialists in Texas and nationwide, and fight for the compensation you need to obtain the best possible treatment. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, please contact Heard Robins Cloud & Black LLP or call us today at (800) 499-1797 to schedule a free case evaluation.

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