Pleural Mesothelioma: The Cause May Impact the Outcome


There is new evidence that the substance that causes a case of pleural mesothelioma may have an impact on the outcome of that case. Although asbestos is the primary cause of most mesothelioma, carbon nanotubes are emerging as another possible mesothelioma risk because of their similarities to asbestos. A new study comparing the two toxic [...]

New Chemotherapy Approach Shrinks Mesothelioma Tumor in Japanese Patient

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There is some potentially good news for mesothelioma patients who can’t tolerate pemetrexed, the most popular chemotherapy drug for the asbestos cancer. A team of doctors in Japan is reporting a good response in a mesothelioma patient treated with a specially-prepared version of paclitaxel in combination with carboplatin. The patient’s mesothelioma tumor shrank not once, [...]

Mesothelioma of “Unknown” Cause: Asbestos May Still Be the Culprit


A new Italian study suggests that many cases of mesothelioma with “unknown” asbestos exposure may not be so mysterious after all. Asbestos (and a similar mineral called erionite) is the top cause of mesothelioma worldwide. Almost everyone who is diagnosed with mesothelioma has come in contact with asbestos at some point.  But in about a [...]

Preventing New Tumor “Seeding” After Mesothelioma Biopsy


Doctors in England are testing a method they hope will reduce the likelihood of pleural mesothelioma patients developing new tumors in their chest wall after a biopsy. A tissue sample is required to make a definitive mesothelioma diagnosis. But as many as 15 percent of mesothelioma patients who undergo some kind of invasive biopsy procedure [...]

Blood Test May Detect Mesothelioma Even Before Symptoms Appear

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There is evidence that a new kind of blood test has the potential to detect signs of mesothelioma as early as a decade before symptoms appear. Malignant mesothelioma is the deadliest of several diseases and conditions associated with exposure to asbestos. Because scientists are still not sure why some people exposed to asbestos develop mesothelioma while [...]

Malignant Mesothelioma and the Cancer-Fighting Power of Blue Green Algae

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A new study on spirulina and cancer may have implications for people undergoing treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma. A pair of Chinese food scientists say they have evidence that this  blue-green algae may help the body fight malignancies. Doctors Zhujun Wang and Xuewu Zhang of the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou isolated and [...]

Blood Test Predicts Mesothelioma Surgery Outcomes

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The medical community remains deeply divided over the risks and benefits of surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma, making the decision even more difficult for mesothelioma patients and their families. But researchers in Canada and Japan believe they have come up with a better way to make the decision process easier. The team has devised a [...]

A New Standard of Care for Mesothelioma?


Chemotherapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma may be about to undergo the first major change in more than a decade.  Scientists in France have improved overall survival among their mesothelioma patients by adding a third drug to the standard mix of pemetrexed (Alimta) and a platinum-based drug called cisplatin. Standard of Care for Mesothelioma Chemotherapy The combination [...]

Could Flaxseed Compound Prevent Mesothelioma?


There is new evidence that an antioxidant compound found in flaxseeds may help in the fight against malignant mesothelioma. Approximately 2,500 new cases of the asbestos cancer are diagnosed in the US each year and tens of thousands more around the globe, yet there is still no cure. Now, researchers in Pennsylvania say flaxseed lignans [...]

Pleural Effusion Treatment May Be Less Effective in Mesothelioma Patients

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A procedure used to treat one of the most common side effects of malignant pleural mesothelioma may be less effective in mesothelioma patients than it is in patients with other types of cancer. Pleural effusion is a buildup of fluid in the space around the lungs. It is common in patients with mesothelioma and lung [...]