Nutrition, exercise, and complementary medicine: potential role in mesothelioma?
Place of Publication
School of Medical and Health Sciences
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive malignancy arising from the pleura and caused predominantly by inhaled asbestos fibers. Prognosis is poor and treatment options are with a palliative intent. Patients with MPM have a high symptom burden; therefore, the relief or control of these symptoms is paramount to improving quality of life (QoL). Malnutrition is also a common concern in this group and may have prognostic significance. Alternative approaches such as nutritional intervention, physical activity, and complementary medicine may have further benefits as adjuncts to current best supportive care for patients with MPM. The body of research into these therapies in cancer and other chronic health conditions continues to grow. However, their roles in MPM await exploration.