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?
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”
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
Mesothelioma researchers are calling for more study of compounds extracted from European mistletoe after a German pleural mesothelioma patient survived for more than four years with no other treatment. Pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Although many different types of new mesothelioma treatments are under investigation, there is no cure. An Alternative Mesothelioma Treatment? Most mesothelioma patients receive some combination … Continue reading Long-Term Mesothelioma Survival with Mistletoe Extract
Italian researchers have released a controversial report suggesting that, despite the fact that tanning beds have been associated with an increased risk of skin cancer, they might actually reduce the risk of other cancers such as malignant mesothelioma. In an article in the journal Advances in Clinical Chemistry, researchers from the University of Verona and the Academic Hospital of Parma are calling for large, randomized … Continue reading Could Tanning Beds Help Prevent Mesothelioma?
Researchers in Japan believe they may have discovered a new and more effective drug for the intractable asbestos cancer, malignant pleural mesothelioma – and it comes from an unlikely source. Sialic acid-binding lectin (cSBL) is a protein derived from the eggs of bullfrogs. It has the ability to bind to cell membranes and appears to exhibit antitumor activity through the degradation of RNA. Previous studies have … Continue reading Bullfrog Eggs May Hold the Secret to Mesothelioma Survival
Keeping up with rewarding activities may be one way that mesothelioma patients can keep themselves emotionally healthy during cancer treatment. A new study from Spain’s University of Oviedo finds that lung and breast cancer patients who stayed engaged in their favorite activities fared better emotionally and socially than patients who abandoned theirs. Emotional Stress of Mesothelioma Diagnosis Receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma or another type … Continue reading Staying Active May Help Mesothelioma Patients Manage Stress
The Japanese researchers who first suggested that removing iron from the body could help prevent malignant mesothelioma have come up with a way to make the process even easier and safer. In their original 2016 study, scientists at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine induced a pre-mesothelioma state in lab rats by injecting their abdomens with deadly crocidolite asbestos. As predicted, the rats exhibited all … Continue reading A New Approach to Reducing Mesothelioma Risk in Asbestos-Exposed People
Want to lower your risk for malignant mesothelioma and other common cancers? Get more sunlight, eat more fish, and consider Vitamin D supplements. That advice comes from Michael Holick, MD, PhD, a long-time expert in Vitamin D at Boston University and is supported by a growing body of new research. In an article in the Journal of Clinical & Translational Endocrinology, Dr. Holick discusses the … Continue reading Fish and Sunlight May Lower Mesothelioma Risk
There is more evidence that a compound derived from the resveratrol in red wine could have a role to play in the prevention and treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. The chemical, called pterostilbene, is a natural analog of resveratrol, a powerful polyphenol found in red wine and the skin of red grapes. Resveratrol has been studied extensively for its potential to combat treatment-resistant cancers such … Continue reading More Evidence that Red Wine Compound Could Fight Mesothelioma