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 […]

Mesothelioma Risk and Crohn’s Disease: Is There a Link?

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A new study out of Duke University suggests that, in some cases, there may be connection between malignant peritoneal mesothelioma and the Inflammatory bowel disease called Crohn’s disease. Peritoneal mesothelioma, a cancer that starts on the membranes surrounding internal organs, is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.  But the new study conducted by Duke’s […]

Mesothelioma Study Contains Sobering News for former Shipyard Workers

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A new Italian report contains some sobering news for people who once worked in the world’s shipyards: Their risk of developing deadly malignant mesothelioma remains high even three decades after their jobs ended. Occupational medicine specialists just released their assessment of asbestos exposure among shipbuilders who were diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases […]

Study Explores Chemotherapy Strategies for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survival


For people with diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma, putting off surgery to have chemotherapy first could be a mistake. Researchers from dozens of French hospitals found that their peritoneal mesothelioma patients who underwent neoadjuvant chemotherapy prior to CRS-HIPEC (cytoreductive surgery and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy) had shorter survival than patients who had a different treatment approach. Chemotherapy and […]