Breath Screening May Help Detect Early Mesothelioma

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Belgian scientists say a new kind of breath analysis tool holds promise as a way to screen former asbestos workers for early signs of malignant mesothelioma. Doctors in the Departments of Respiratory and Internal Medicine at Ghent University made that determination after administering breath analysis tests to 66 people, including 23 malignant pleural mesothelioma patients. […]

Maine Man Defies the Odds by Forging His Own Mesothelioma Treatment Path


When Jim McHutchison, an otherwise healthy 72-year-old from York, Maine, developed a cough and shortness of breath in the Fall of 2012, neither he nor his doctors had reason to suspect it was pleural mesothelioma.  “I never worked near asbestos in a shipyard or around heavy construction. I’m an advertising guy. I work in an […]

Italian Mesothelioma Patient Doing Well More Than a Year After IMRT


A new case report has researchers cautiously optimistic about the potential benefits of a highly targeted radiotherapy technique called IMRT in people with malignant pleural mesothelioma. The Italian case report comes on the heels of study earlier this summer at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York that called IMRT part of a “new lung-sparing paradigm” […]

Attacking Pleural Mesothelioma From the Inside Out

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There is new evidence that manipulating the process of protein synthesis inside cancer cells could be the key to improving mesothelioma  outcomes for certain patients. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology suggests that using a drug to lower the levels of the amino acid arginine can slow […]

Maine Man Surviving Mesothelioma with Tenacity and Keytruda


A Maine man diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma three years ago says a newly-approved immunotherapy drug and his own unwillingness to accept the grim prognosis he was given are helping to keep him alive. James “Jim” McHutchison of York, Maine, was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma on Good Friday in 2013, despite the fact that he had […]

Baylor to Test New Combination Therapy for Mesothelioma


One of the nation’s largest mesothelioma treatment centers is recruiting patients for a new kind of clinical trial combining immunotherapy and cytoreductive surgery for pleural mesothelioma. The trial being conducted at Baylor’s Mesothelioma Treatment Center and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is the first-in-human mesothelioma clinical trial in which an immunotherapy drug will be given […]

Mesothelioma Diagnosis Still a Possibility for 9/11 Survivors

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Fifteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, some of the wounds inflicted that day have begun to heal. Unfortunately others, including many anticipated cases of malignant mesothelioma, have yet to be revealed. Malignant mesothelioma is the most deadly of several serious health conditions associated with the fibrous mineral, asbestos. It […]

Mesothelioma Survival May Depend on the Timing of Chemotherapy


People with one of the rarer subtypes of mesothelioma may live longer if they have chemotherapy as soon as possible after their mesothelioma surgery. That is the finding of an international team of mesothelioma researchers studying the timing of mesothelioma chemotherapy. Their new report has just been published in the prestigious journal, Lung Cancer. Chemotherapy for Mesothelioma […]

New Drug Combination May Extend Mesothelioma Survival


A drug derived from the eggs of leopard frogs may offer new hope for people with intractable malignant mesothelioma – especially if the drug is administered in combination with a malaria drug called dihydroartemisinin (DHA). A newly-published Chinese report suggests that the combination has anti-tumor effects on non-small cell lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma not […]

Monitoring Program Improves Mesothelioma Diagnosis


A Polish program designed to identify mesothelioma earlier in former asbestos plant workers could have implications for malignant mesothelioma patients around the world. Mesothelioma is the most deadly of a range of diseases associated with exposure to asbestos. Other illnesses linked to asbestos exposure include lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural plaques. A new report published […]