Mesotheliomas – connective tissue tumors in the area of the Mesothelium (the covering cell layer lines especially breast and abdomen) – are rare, and often difficult to diagnose, especially pleural (ribs or pleura) mesotheliomas. Varieties which occur in the mesothelium of the peritoneum or pericardium, are much rarer.

The pleural mesothelioma is approximately a thousand times rarer than lung cancer where men are affected more often as a result of professional exposure to pollutants (probability about 1:1000). According to current findings, mesothelioma is caused mostly by exposure to asbestos, glass fibre dust, toxicities of cigarette smoke and other exogenous contaminants. It is closely related to an asbestosis.

The most common symptoms of the disease are increasing shortness of breath, persistent cough and strong chest pain, and despite pleural puncture, rapidly trailing pleural discharges. The symptoms are usually late and match those of a pleural disease.

A Mesotheliomas diagnosis is made from cell samples obtained with a fine needle biopsy, pleural biopsy and histology as well as radiological examinations. Extraordinary care must be taken with biopsies as there is a significant risk of the disease spreading. The thoracoscopy is often leading the way. Computer tomographics (CT scan) are the preferred procedure for diagnosis, to confirm a metastasis of the thorax, the chest wall and the lungs.

Recommended therapies for the treatment of mesotheliomas:

Whole body Hyperthermia

The healing effect of whole-body hyperthermia for patients with mesotheliomas is that we can very quickly bring the organism to high temperatures (up 40.5 °). This fast and high heating activates not only the immune system, but many degenerate cells of the connective tissue of the mesothelium are destroyed by the fast floods of heat. In addition to the damage or removal of the cancer cells, whole-body hyperthermia activates the immune system significantly without impacting the rest of the body. It triggers an immune cascade that activates and multiplies the white blood cells.

Loco-regional Hyperthermia

The purely regional effective hyperthermia is recommended with mesotheliomas where the affected region is quickly heated to high temperatures (40 up to 44 ° C). This over-heating of parts of the body activates the immune system. Many degenerated cells of the covering cell layer, especially within breast and abdomen, will be harmed or destroyed. In our clinic – the Hyperthermia Centre Hannover – we offer local – partial body hyperthermia treatment according to the diagnosis a patient. Only damaged or degenerated tissue is overheated, which guarantees very gentle treatment to our patients.


The nutritional therapy of Dr. Gerson aims at detoxifying the body with the simultaneous addition of many fresh nutrients. The Gerson therapy is particularly useful for patients with Mesotheliomas. The therapy program includes the intake of high-quality fruits and vegetables in addition to special juices, fresh and elaborately prepared which are regularly taken throughout the day. At the Hyperthermia Centre Hanover, we are focusing on the self healing power to be contained.

Infusion with high-dose Vitamin C

At the Hyperthermia Centre Hannover we treat patients with mesotheliomas successfully with high-doses of vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is the most popular vitamin,- and the most important antioxidant, i.e. it intercepts harmful free radicals in the body and makes them harmless – and in this way prevents degeneration of cells. Vitamin C is also essential for the immune system and various restructuring processes in the body. When vitamin C is given in a high-dose, the treatment of tumours of the connective tissue can be positively affected.