Diagnosing Pleural Mesothelioma with Lung Fluid: The Battle of the Biomarkers

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A biomarker called soluble mesothelin related peptide (SMRP) may be a more reliable way to diagnose malignant pleural mesothelioma from lung fluid than the protein fibulin-3. That is the finding of Italian researchers who tested the diagnostic performance of the two markers in 120 patients, including 33 mesothelioma patients, in an effort to resolve what they call “conflicting data” on the two methods. SMRP and … Continue reading Diagnosing Pleural Mesothelioma with Lung Fluid: The Battle of the Biomarkers »

Mesothelioma Diagnosis: Fluid Cytology Versus Biopsy

A mesothelioma diagnosis using pleural fluid is just as reliable at predicting survival as a diagnosis based on a tissue sample. That conclusion, published in a recent issue of the British Journal of Cancer, is based on an analysis of more than 2,000 cases of malignant mesothelioma over 42 years. Researchers from the University of Western Australia and Curtin University in Perth compared the survival … Continue reading Mesothelioma Diagnosis: Fluid Cytology Versus Biopsy »

Mesothelioma Risk High Among Shipyard Workers

A new analysis of Baltimore shipyard workers in the 1950s and 1960s suggests that exposure to a range of toxic substances raised their risk for lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma, and early death. Researchers with the Uniformed Services University in Maryland, the National Cancer Institute, and the US Military Academy in Westpoint, New York traced the work and health histories of more than 4,700 workers employed … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk High Among Shipyard Workers »

Phone Triage for Veterans with Suspected Malignant Mesothelioma

A plan to offer triage by telephone to veterans suspected of having malignant mesothelioma may enable them to access expert mesothelioma advice faster, potentially improving their long-term outcomes. In a newly published article in the Journal of Surgical Research, surgeons with VA Boston Healthcare System detail their experience with telephone triage of suspected malignant mesothelioma patients and explain how the system could help veterans around the … Continue reading Phone Triage for Veterans with Suspected Malignant Mesothelioma »

Mesothelioma Quality of LIfe Bolstered by Online Support Group

Recent evidence appears to back the idea that private, guided support groups can help mesothelioma patients navigate the emotional ups-and-downs of this devastating and aggressive cancer – even if they meet via phone and email. In an article published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the developers of the Mesothelioma Survivor Project report that mesothelioma patients who actively participated in online and telephone support groups … Continue reading Mesothelioma Quality of LIfe Bolstered by Online Support Group »

BAP1 May Be Valuable for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Prognosis

There is new evidence that the same genetic mutation that is common in people with pleural mesothelioma may be present in many cases of peritoneal mesothelioma, too. BAP1 is a tumor suppressing protein encoded by the BAP1 gene. People with a mutation in this gene are less likely to produce the protein and are more likely to develop certain kinds of cancer, including pleural mesothelioma. … Continue reading BAP1 May Be Valuable for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Prognosis »

Asbestos Found in the Gallbladders of Pleural Mesothelioma Patients

There is new evidence that asbestos fibers can make their way into the gallbladders of patients with the lung-related cancer malignant pleural mesothelioma. The finding may help explain why some of these patients also suffer from gallbladder disorders. A new study conducted in Italy and published in the Journal of Microscopy discovered microscopic fibers of the mineral asbestos when they analyzed thin sections of gallbladders … Continue reading Asbestos Found in the Gallbladders of Pleural Mesothelioma Patients »

Diagnostic Accuracy of CT Limited for Pleural Mesothelioma

When it comes to diagnosing pleural mesothelioma, Scottish researchers say CT scanning is not accurate enough. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) can provide a cross-sectional image of the chest in people with suspected pleural mesothelioma. But researchers at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow say their tests show that CT is not sensitive enough to either confirm or rule out mesothelioma in most cases. CT Scans … Continue reading Diagnostic Accuracy of CT Limited for Pleural Mesothelioma »

Blood Test Could Aid in Mesothelioma Treatment Planning

Mesothelioma patients with elevated levels of a particular enzyme in their blood prior to the start of mesothelioma treatment may not live as long as those with lower levels. Afters years of mixed messages from researchers on this topic, scientists in China believe they have finally confirmed the value of the enzyme lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) as a prognostic factor in malignant pleural mesothelioma. LDH has been … Continue reading Blood Test Could Aid in Mesothelioma Treatment Planning »

Gene Test May Help Distinguish Pleural Mesothelioma from Lung Cancer

There is more evidence this week that the tumor suppressor gene known as BRCA1-associated protein 1 (BAP1) could help doctors distinguish pleural mesothelioma from other types of lung cancer – even cancers that commonly spread to the pleura. Pleural mesothelioma is unique among cancers in that it starts on the pleural membrane that surrounds the lungs. When other types of cancers metastasize to this region, … Continue reading Gene Test May Help Distinguish Pleural Mesothelioma from Lung Cancer »