Multimodality is an approach begin used to treat mesothelioma in which multiple methods of treatment are incorporated into the overall treatment strategy. A multimodality approach has been proven to increase survival for mesothelioma patients more often than opposed to surgery alone. The goal of multimodality treatment is to use a combination of available treatment methods which complement each other so that the weaknesses or limitations of one treatment are off-set by another. Within the medical community, many doctors who specialize in treating mesothelioma believe that this is currently the best way to treat mesothelioma.
Multimodality treatment for mesothelioma typically involves surgery along with one or more other treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and/or immunotherapy. Multimodality approaches include pleurectomy with EPP, pleurectomy or EPP along with chemotherapy and external beam radiotherapy. Specialists may have their own preferences in terms of the treatments they include in their multimodal regimen.