New Mesothelioma Tool for Better Treatment and Prognosis

New Mesothelioma Tool for Better Treatment and Prognosis

Researchers from China have come up with a tool to check prognosis in mesothelioma patients depending on where the cancer is located. Mesothelioma develops in the lining that covers many of the internal organs in you body. It is caused by exposure to asbestos. There are different types of mesothelioma depending on where it develops. Pleural mesothelioma grows in the lining of your lungs and chest wall. Peritoneal mesothelioma grows in the lining of your abdomen. Mesothelioma can also occur in the testis or around the heart. The location where mesothelioma grows can have a big impact on diagnosis. It also affects how well you respond to treatment. When it takes longer to make an accurate diagnosis, the disease has … Continue reading New Mesothelioma Tool for Better Treatment and Prognosis »

Mesothelioma Breakthrough Can Spare the Diaphragm

Mesothelioma Breakthrough Can Spare the Diaphragm

A new study shows that surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma can spare the diaphragm without reducing overall survival. This study was conducted by medical researchers from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in the United Kingdom. Surgery for Malignant Pleural Mesothlioma Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It can take decades after asbestos exposure for the cancer to develop. It is an aggressive cancer and can be hard to treat. When the cancer grows in your lungs, it is called malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). Conventional treatment for MPM may include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Surgery is the most invasive treatment option and not every patient is eligible for surgery. If the patient is too ill or if … Continue reading Mesothelioma Breakthrough Can Spare the Diaphragm »

Ultrasound More Accurate for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Ultrasound More Accurate for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Ultrasound may be a more accurate and cheaper option than CT scans for malignant pleural mesothelioma. A group of Italian researchers examined the use of ultrasound to help diagnose malignant pleural mesothelioma. The goal was to help doctors locate optimal sites for biopsies. Diagnosing Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops from mesothelium cells. The mesothelium is the lining that covers many of our internal organs. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, a toxic substance used in industrial and consumer products. When mesothelioma develops in the lining of our lungs, it is called malignant pleural mesothelioma. It can take around 40 years for malignant pleural mesothelioma to develop after asbestos exposure. Diagnosing malignant pleural … Continue reading Ultrasound More Accurate for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma »

Caregiver Burden with Mesothelioma: Social Support and Family Resilience

Caregiver Burden with Mesothelioma: Social Support and Family Resilience

A new study found that older or spousal caregivers of patients with lung cancer are more likely to suffer from caregiver burden. This discovery was made by researchers in China. Their goal was to find factors related to caregiver burden in lung cancer families. They also wanted to find out if family resilience can improve caregiver burden. Taking Care of a Loved One Malignant mesothelioma is a highly lethal type of membrane cancer. Most mesothelioma patients lived or worked around asbestos. When mesothelioma occurs in the lungs, it is called malignant pleural mesothelioma. There are approximately 2,000 cases of mesothelioma in the United States every year. People with mesothelioma might start to feel shortness of breath, chest pain, and weight … Continue reading Caregiver Burden with Mesothelioma: Social Support and Family Resilience »

The Most Accurate Way to Diagnosis Mesothelioma

The Most Accurate Way to Diagnosis Mesothelioma

A new study out of India shared new findings on the most accurate way to diagnose mesothelioma. Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare type of cancer. The peritoneum is the membrane that lines your abdominal cavity. MPM forms in this lining and spreads within the abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. MPM is likely caused by ingesting asbestos that become stuck in the abdomen. It can take up to 50 years for MPM to form and cause symptoms after asbestos exposure. It can be hard for doctors to diagnose MPM. This is because MPM is so rare and the symptoms often look like more common diseases. A delayed diagnosis leads to delayed treatment and a lower … Continue reading The Most Accurate Way to Diagnosis Mesothelioma »

New G8 Screening Questionnaire for Mesothelioma Treatments

New G8 Screening Questionnaire for Mesothelioma Treatments

A screening questionnaire for lung cancer patients could improve treatment plans and clinical outcomes. This is the conclusion of a team of researchers from the United Kingdom. Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that often forms in the lungs of affected patients. It is caused by exposure to asbestos, usually in the work environment. It takes a long time for mesothelioma symptoms for appear. Because of this, most mesothelioma patients are elderly. Introducing the G8 Questionnaire The G8 questionnaire is a geriatric screening tool for doctors to use when choosing treatment options for patients with cancer. It takes up to five minutes for a doctor to complete the questionnaire. It includes eight questions and provides a score between zero … Continue reading New G8 Screening Questionnaire for Mesothelioma Treatments »

New Model for the Diagnosis of Mesothelioma

New Model for the Diagnosis of Mesothelioma

A new model studied by researchers from China could help doctors to tell two different cancers apart. Mesothelioma scan results can often be confused with another cancer, called metastatic pleural disease (MPD). Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that develops in the linings of internal organs. When the cancer grows in the lining of the lungs, it is called malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). This is because the lining the of the lungs and chest are called the pleura. MPD also forms in the lining of the lungs. This cancer starts to grow in a different organ and spreads to the lung. Unlike mesothelioma, it is not caused by exposure to asbestos. Difficulties in the Diagnosis of Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is … Continue reading New Model for the Diagnosis of Mesothelioma »

Lung Scarring and Mesothelioma Surgery

Lung Scarring and Mesothelioma Surgery

Mesothelioma patients with scarring on their lungs may have more complications after surgery. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that often affects the lungs. It is caused by exposure to asbestos. If asbestos fibers are inhaled, it can become trapped in the membrane lining the lungs. This membrane is called the pleura. The trapped asbestos fibers can irritate the pleura. Over time, this long-term irritation causes scarring of the lungs. Doctors call this “pleural thickening”. It is possible for the scar tissue to become thick enough to impair breathing. A common treatment for mesothelioma is surgery. A surgeon will remove as much of the mesothelioma tumors as possible. This is often followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Receiving surgery can be … Continue reading Lung Scarring and Mesothelioma Surgery »

Less Invasive Multimodal Treatment for Mesothelioma

Less Invasive Multimodal Treatment for Mesothelioma

A less invasive multimodal treatment for mesothelioma can lead to better survival. A team of German researchers discovered this after looking at 20 years of patient data. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer. It most often appears in older adults and is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a toxic material that can be found in industrial and consumer products. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a specific type of mesothelioma. It develops in the thin layer of tissue that covers the lungs and chest wall. Malignant pleural mesothelioma has three main subtypes: epithelioid, sarcomatoid, and mixed. Mesothelioma is also an aggressive cancer. It can be hard to treat because symptoms may not show up until decades after the asbestos … Continue reading Less Invasive Multimodal Treatment for Mesothelioma »

New Way to Identify Biopsy Sites to Diagnose Mesothelioma

New Way to Identify Biopsy Sites to Diagnose Mesothelioma

A study in Cancer Diagnosis and Prognosis explores a new way to identify biopsy sites to diagnose mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure. There are a few different types of mesothelioma. One type is malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. It is hard to diagnose peritoneal mesothelioma because its symptoms could also be caused by other diseases. It usually requires many tests to diagnose peritoneal mesothelioma. The delay in diagnosing peritoneal mesothelioma also delays treatment. The first diagnostic test is usually computed tomography (CT). CT scans are like a more sophisticated X-ray. The results of the CT scan help doctors locate the best place to conduct a biopsy. A biopsy is the examination of tissue to discover if the … Continue reading New Way to Identify Biopsy Sites to Diagnose Mesothelioma »

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