Diagnosis | Surviving Mesothelioma

Predicting Mesothelioma Outcomes with Soluble Mesothelin

New research suggests that a protein often used to help diagnose and track malignant mesothelioma may also be a valuable prognostic indicator. Soluble mesothelin-related protein (SMRP) is a biomarker for pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive asbestos-linked cancer that causes few symptoms until in its late stages. The presence of SMRP in the blood indicates that mesothelial cells on the lining around the lungs have been damaged. … Continue reading Predicting Mesothelioma Outcomes with Soluble Mesothelin »

Mesothelioma Risk in the Families of Asbestos-Exposed Workers

A new Italian study is a sobering reminder that living with someone who has worked around asbestos can have fatal consequences. Researchers examined the cases of 33 women and 2 men with malignant mesothelioma whose only known exposure to asbestos was through a family member – usually a husband or father – with a history of occupational asbestos exposure. Like asbestos-exposed workers, these family members were … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk in the Families of Asbestos-Exposed Workers »

Doll Making Linked to Pleural Mesothelioma

People who worked in factories that produced cloth dolls may have to be added to the list of people at risk of developing deadly malignant pleural mesothelioma. A new Italian study is the second study to draw a link between cases of the lung-related asbestos cancer and doll manufacturing. Asbestos-Related Diseases and Dollmaking The new study utilized data from the Province of Brescia Mesothelioma Registry, … Continue reading Doll Making Linked to Pleural Mesothelioma »

More Evidence for Inflammation Marker in Mesothelioma Prognosis

There is more evidence that a measure of how well the immune system is functioning may be an efficient prognostic tool for people with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Even though some recent studies have found the ratio of neutrophils to lymphocytes (NLR) in the blood to be a poor prognostic indicator for cancer, Chinese researchers say it may still be effective for planning mesothelioma treatment and qualifying … Continue reading More Evidence for Inflammation Marker in Mesothelioma Prognosis »

Cellular Factors Predict Survival in Epithelioid Mesothelioma Patients

A team of French scientists believe they have found a way to predict survival and help plan a treatment course for people with the epithelioid form of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Until now, mesothelioma histological subtype has been the only way to reliably predict mesothelioma prognosis based on pathology (cellular characteristics that can be seen under a microscope). But mesothelioma researchers at the University Hospital of … Continue reading Cellular Factors Predict Survival in Epithelioid Mesothelioma Patients »

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 »

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