In Search of a Second Line Option for Mesothelioma


The fact that cancer researchers are not focusing on one type of therapy in their efforts to develop a second line mesothelioma treatment may be hurting the chances of finding one that works. That is the conclusion of a team of Greek researchers who recently performed a retrospective study of second line mesothelioma therapies currently […]

Micronutrients in Tea and Wine May Fight Mesothelioma


A new study in the journal Nutrients suggests that micronutrients found in tea, red wine, and leafy greens may help prevent or even combat malignant mesothelioma. Scientists in the University of Rome’s Department of Clinical Sciences and Translational Medicine evaluated more than 150 studies on the effects of polyphenols on cancer and other diseases. They […]

Antibiotic May Help Fight Mesothelioma

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A newly-published research study suggests that an antibiotic derived from Streptomyces bacteria may help fight the hard-to-treat asbestos cancer, mesothelioma. Although rare, malignant mesothelioma is one of the deadliest cancers in part because it is highly resistant to standard cancer therapies. In their ongoing search for a new and better way to treat the tens […]

Mesothelioma Linked to Kidney and Bladder Cancer in Sweden


Could there be a link between mesothelioma and cancers of the kidney or bladder? A new study conducted in Sweden suggests there may be. Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelial membrane that surrounds the lungs. It is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos, but research has shown that certain genetic anomalies can […]

New Insights Into Immunotherapy for Mesothelioma

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The development of excess fluid in the space around the lungs is a common side effect of malignant pleural mesothelioma. This fluid, known as malignant pleural effusion, contains mesothelioma cells. Because it is relatively easy to obtain a sample of this fluid with a needle (as opposed to performing a tissue biopsy), it is often […]

New Tests May Lead to Earlier, More Accurate Mesothelioma Diagnosis


Pathologists in Canada and France have identified what they believe are two of the most important tests for distinguishing between a benign growth on the mesothelial membrane and malignant mesothelioma. Their work could be a key step toward better, more accurate mesothelioma diagnosis. The Challenge of Mesothelioma Diagnosis Associated almost exclusively with asbestos exposure, malignant […]

Mesothelioma Survivor on Cannabis Oil Following in Footsteps of Ancient Herbalists


Malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive malignancy caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure, is one of the rarest and most deadly cancers. Although scientists around the globe continue to develop and test new methods for diagnosing and combatting it, there is still no cure. When Californian Andy Ashcraft was diagnosed with late stage pleural mesothelioma in 2010, […]

Could Smallpox Vaccine Help Wipe Out Mesothelioma, Too?

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There is new evidence that the active component in the vaccine that eradicated smallpox might one day be used to help do the same for malignant mesothelioma, a rare but universally lethal cancer Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute are using the vaccinia virus to help jumpstart the immune systems of mice to attack […]

Investigational Drugs May Offer New Ways to Treat Malignant Mesothelioma


There is some exciting news for patients fighting malignant mesothelioma this week. Two new potential mesothelioma drugs, both aimed at molecular targets, have moved a step closer to becoming viable treatment options.   Mesothelioma Growth Inhibitor The first drug making news this week is YS110, a monoclonal antibody that targets a protein called CD26. CD26 […]

New Article Faults “Unsound Science” for Continued Rise in Mesothelioma Cases


A German occupational medicine specialist says the rules regarding eligibility for mesothelioma compensation – many of which are based on “unsound science” – are too strict and leave too many mesothelioma patients out. According to Xaver Bauer, MD, of the Institute of Occupational Medicine at Charite University Hospital in Berlin, a case in point is […]