Characteristics of Mesothelioma in Younger Patients


A new report finds that mesothelioma has different characteristics in younger people than it does in the more typical older patients. Mesothelioma is an aggressive and hard-to-treat cancer usually caused by exposure to asbestos. It can take decades to develop and, as a result, is usually thought of as a disease of older people. The […]

Mesothelioma Not the Only Cancer Threat for Shipbreakers

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Mesothelioma is not the only cancer whose incidence is elevated in workers exposed to asbestos. A new Taiwanese study of shipbreakers finds that these workers are more susceptible to a wide range of cancers and should be regularly monitored for signs of disease. Shipbreaking is the process of dismantling old ships for salvage or scrap. […]

Scientific Evidence That Asbestos Bans Prevent Mesothelioma


There is some hopeful news on the mesothelioma front this week. A new study conducted in Sweden suggests asbestos bans are doing what they are designed to do – reduce the incidence of mesothelioma. As in many other countries, including the US, asbestos was used in Sweden for decades in multiple industries. Until about the […]

Treating Mesothelioma with Curcumin: Success May Be Predictable


Clinicians may be a step closer to being able to use curcumin to combat aggressive malignant pleural mesothelioma. Curcumin is the plant polyphenol that gives turmeric its yellow hue and spicy flavor. It has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to inhibit the growth of mesothelioma cells from animal models in the laboratory. Now, for […]

Predicting Long-Term Mesothelioma Survival After Surgery

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Most mesothelioma  patients and their families have heard the poor survival statistics associated with this aggressive cancer. But two new studies on two different types of mesothelioma suggest that long term survival is possible with surgery and can even be predictable. The first study was a multi-center analysis conducted in Italy between 2000 and 2010. […]

Lower-Cost Mesothelioma Drug May Be as Effective as Gold Standard

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A new study suggests that the lower cost chemotherapy drug Gemzar (gemcitabine) combined with a platinum based agent (cisplatin or carboplatin) may be just as effective at treating advanced pleural mesothelioma as the gold standard mesothelioma drug Alimta (pemetrexed) . Doctors in Turkey, a country with one of the world’s highest rates of mesothelioma, tracked […]

Study Finds Peritoneal Mesothelioma More Common in Textile Workers


A new report out of Asia finds that one of the rarest types of mesothelioma is “over-represented” in a group of female textile workers exposed to chrysotile asbestos. Chrysotile is one of six fibrous minerals that are classified as asbestos. Known as white asbestos, chrysotile is the most common type, accounting for about 95 of the […]

Mesothelioma Study Explores “Synergistic” Effect between Genes and Asbestos


Mesothelioma, the so-called “asbestos cancer” may not strike randomly. A new study appears to support the idea that genetics can make people more susceptible to it. Asbestos and a similar mineral called erionite are the only known causes of mesothelioma, a virulent cancer of the membranes that surround the lungs or abdominal organs. Currently, it […]

High Dose IMRT and Surgery Called ‘Innovative and Promising’ for Mesothelioma


Researchers evaluating a new treatment approach for mesothelioma combining high dose radiation and surgery say the method is promising but challenging. Under this protocol, pleural mesothelioma patients receive a total of 25Gy (delivered via IMRT) to the lung pleura over five days. (IMRT is a method for delivering radiation to a highly a targeted area.) The […]

Even Minimal Asbestos Exposure May Trigger Mesothelioma in People with Gene Mutation


Asbestos exposure can be deadly for anyone, but new research suggests that some people are more likely to develop mesothelioma after even minimal exposure. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring fibrous mineral that has been associated with lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural plaques, and malignant mesothelioma. Most mesothelioma patients are people who worked in  the asbestos industry or […]