Mesothelioma-Related Lung Fluid: Better Diagnosis with HIgh Tech Tool


Technology that integrates 18-FDG PET and CT imaging together may be a more powerful way to diagnose malignant lung fluid in people with pleural mesothelioma than either modality alone. Scientists in China did a retrospective study to compare the imaging results of people with pleural effusion from various causes, including malignant pleural mesothelioma.  The team […]

Pleural Fluid May Help Mesothelioma Grow and Spread


The excess lung fluid that is behind one of the most bothersome mesothelioma symptoms may be more than just a side effect;  it may actually contribute to the growth and spread of malignant mesothelioma. More than 90 percent of mesothelioma patients will experience pleural effusion, a buildup of fluid in the space around the lungs. […]

Asbestos Preparation Impacts Mesothelioma Risk


There is new evidence that how asbestos fibers are prepared for use can have an impact on their ability to trigger asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and malignant mesothelioma. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is ground up for use in a variety of industrial and construction applications. Researchers at the University […]

Mesothelioma Subtype Unrelated to Source or Degree of Asbestos Exposure


The source or degree of a mesothelioma patient’s asbestos exposure does not appear to have a direct impact on what mesothelioma subtype they develop. That is according to the results of a newly-published study out of Australia, a country with one of the world’s highest rates of asbestos cancer. To make their determination, mesothelioma researchers […]

Mesothelioma Patients Could Benefit from Earlier Palliative Care

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Too many patients with malignant mesothelioma may be suffering more than they have to because they are not being offered palliative care earlier. Cancer researchers in Italy reached that conclusion after evaluating the charts and symptoms of mesothelioma patients enrolled in a home palliative care program in Palermo. Palliative care is the medical specialty focused […]

Diagnosing Mesothelioma with Medical Thoracoscopy


Medical thoracoscopy, a procedure used to diagnose and treat pleural diseases such as malignant pleural mesothelioma, provides the information needed to make a diagnosis in about 80 percent of patients. That is up by more than 20 percent in the last three decades. In a newly published study, a team of Italian pulmonary medicine specialists […]

Study Reveals “Promising” New Mesothelioma Therapy


Scientists in Italy have found what they are calling a “promising new therapeutic option” for malignant pleural mesothelioma. The drug, called trabectedin (Yondelis), received FDA approval for advanced sarcomas and unresectable ovarian cancer in 2015. Now, there is evidence that it might offer a more effective way to combat mesothelioma, too – especially when combined with other […]

Low-Dose CT May Improve Mesothelioma Survival Odds for German Workers

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Germany is leading the way in the fight to detect asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma earlier in exposed workers. Based on studies showing the early warning benefits of low dose CT scanning in smokers, Germany’s statutory accident insurance now covers these special exams for high risk asbestos workers. Asbestos and Mesothelioma Risk Asbestos is a naturally-occurring […]

Tumor Grade and Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survival


The size, shape and extent of a peritoneal mesothelioma tumor are not the only characteristics that impact mesothelioma survival. A team of pathology researchers from three top US cancer centers say nuclear features – how the nuclei of the cancer cells look and behave –  may also play a significant role in mesothelioma outcomes. Their […]

Mesothelioma Risk Does Not Decline Over Time

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Another published study is highlighting one of the most deadly aspects of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma – the fact that risk for the disease remains high even decades after asbestos exposure has ended. This latest study is focused on peritoneal mesothelioma, a form of mesothelioma that begins on the membrane that surrounds the abdominal organs. Although […]