Experimental Mesothelioma Therapy Shrinks Mouse Tumors by 80 Percent

An innovative approach to mesothelioma treatment being developed in Italy has produced results researchers call “very promising”. The treatment reduced the size of mesothelioma tumors in  mice by 80 to 85 percent in just over a month. Noninvasive image-guided Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) utilizes the unique properties of boron to destroy mesothelioma cells from the inside out. It has been used as an alternative … Continue reading Experimental Mesothelioma Therapy Shrinks Mouse Tumors by 80 Percent »

Prospects Good for New Electrical Field-based Mesothelioma Treatment

Prospects are looking good for a company that has developed a new kind of mesothelioma treatment based on electrical fields, and for the patients who stand to benefit from it. Headquartered on the island of Jersey in the UK, the company is called Novocure. Their new technology, called Tumor Treating Fields, uses alternating electrical fields to destabilize critical proteins and disrupt mesothelioma cell division. Now, … Continue reading Prospects Good for New Electrical Field-based Mesothelioma Treatment »

Mesothelioma Patients Recruited to Test Promising New Combo Drug

Patients with malignant mesothelioma who have not gotten better after chemotherapy are being invited to enroll in a clinical trial of a combination drug that could be the future of mesothelioma treatment. The drug is called SEL-403. Developed by Selecta Biosciences, the drug seeks to get around the problem of the body producing antibodies that decrease the effectiveness of certain mesothelioma drugs. What is SLE-403 … Continue reading Mesothelioma Patients Recruited to Test Promising New Combo Drug »

Hard-to-Find Therapy Fights Mesothelioma Tumors with Carbon Ions

Carbon ion therapy—a cancer treatment developed in California but currently only available outside the US—may have the ability to significantly slow down the growth and spread of pleural mesothelioma tumors. Researchers at one of the world’s most experienced carbon ion therapy centers in Chiba, Japan shared that conclusion in a new article in the journal Oncotarget. According to the new research, carbon ion beams directed … Continue reading Hard-to-Find Therapy Fights Mesothelioma Tumors with Carbon Ions »

National Nutrition Month: The Role of Food in Mesothelioma Survival

Given the aggressive and treatment-resistant nature of malignant mesothelioma, it can be frustrating for patients to hear news about experimental therapies that may be decades away from clinical use. But patients are far from powerless, as the stories of mesothelioma survivors like Paul Kraus prove. At 20+ years post-diagnosis, Kraus is the longest-living mesothelioma survivor in the world and credits his longevity, in large measure, … Continue reading National Nutrition Month: The Role of Food in Mesothelioma Survival »

Could Drug “Repurposing” Be the Cure for Mesothelioma?

An exciting new use for an old drug is shining a spotlight on the potential for repurposing previously approved drugs to treat malignant mesothelioma faster and more effectively. Malignant mesothelioma is the cancer most closely associated with the mineral asbestos. Although it’s incidence is slowly declining in some parts of the world, mesothelioma continues to rise in many poor countries where asbestos regulation is lax … Continue reading Could Drug “Repurposing” Be the Cure for Mesothelioma? »

Home-Based Rehab Helps Mesothelioma Patients Bounce Back After Chemotherapy

New evidence suggests that a pulmonary rehabilitation program that comes to them might help patients recover after pleural mesothelioma treatment. Experts in pulmonary cancers at several French institutions recently published what they called a “real-life feasibility study” of home-based rehab in patients who had received chemotherapy for either lung cancer or malignant pleural mesothelioma. Previous research has shown that these patients are typically less physically … Continue reading Home-Based Rehab Helps Mesothelioma Patients Bounce Back After Chemotherapy »

Should Mesothelioma Patients Give Up Asparagus to Boost Survival?

The news this week that a compound found in asparagus and other foods may contribute to the spread of breast cancer has some wondering if patients with other types of cancer – such as malignant pleural mesothelioma – should stop eating asparagus. The study appears in the journal Nature and suggests that asparagine may fuel the mechanism that helps certain kinds of breast cancer cells … Continue reading Should Mesothelioma Patients Give Up Asparagus to Boost Survival? »

Experimental Mesothelioma Treatment Produces “Strong Antitumor Activity”

Italian scientists have released some potentially exciting news detailing their experiments with a new kind of treatment for malignant mesothelioma. The combination treatment uses elements of traditional Chinese medicine as well as a natural compound isolated from a marine sponge. Led by chemists from the University of Milan, the experiments involved giving the combination to mice carrying human mesothelioma tumors. While standard chemotherapy has only … Continue reading Experimental Mesothelioma Treatment Produces “Strong Antitumor Activity” »

Clinical Trials Often the Best Option for Malignant Mesothelioma

Newly-diagnosed patients with malignant mesothelioma are forced to face a harsh reality early on in their cancer journey – there is no universally effective treatment for this aggressive cancer. In fact, as a highly resistant malignancy, mesothelioma is often unresponsive to even the “gold standard” treatment combination of pemetrexed (Alimta) and cisplatin. But that does not mean that mesothelioma patients do not have options. Clinical … Continue reading Clinical Trials Often the Best Option for Malignant Mesothelioma »

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