International Mesothelioma Registry

International Mesothelioma Registry

An international group of researchers have provided recommendations for countries to create a mesothelioma registry. Mesothelioma registries are great tools to monitor the negative effects of asbestos. It can help to identify clusters of asbestos exposure. Registries can also track the impact of asbestos reduction programs. Asbestos Health Risks Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been found throughout the world. Even though it is toxic, it is used in manufacturing and construction in many countries around the world. Mesothelioma is a cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. It grows in the lining of organs like the lungs. Generally, those who develop mesothelioma show no signs of illness for a long time after their first exposure. It … Continue reading International Mesothelioma Registry »

Navigating Love, Mental Health, and Mesothelioma

Navigating Love, Mental Health, and Mesothelioma

Divorced mesothelioma patients may be more likely to be depressed, according to a new study from the journal Palliative and Supportive Care. Researchers from the United States measured the quality of life, coping, depression, and social support of 67 mesothelioma patients. Most of these patients coped with their diagnosis with active coping, emotional support, and acceptance. Mesothelioma Diagnosis Malignant mesothelioma is a disease linked to asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is often diagnosed in older people, and survival rates are poor. 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 loss. Symptoms first appear after a long latency period of 20 to 50 years. … Continue reading Navigating Love, Mental Health, and Mesothelioma »

The Challenges of Diagnosing Mesothelioma

The Challenges of Diagnosing Mesothelioma

The case of a 67-year-old man complaining of abdominal pain is a sobering example of the challenges of diagnosing malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. Malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops from the thin layer of tissue that covers many of the body’s internal organs. When mesothelioma grows in the lining of the abdomen, it’s called malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. Malignant mesothelioma is generally caused by exposure to asbestos. This exposure usually happens on the job, and it can take years for symptoms to appear. In this case, the elderly man went to the emergency room for help with abdominal pain. This pain had been getting worse over the last month. He was also experiencing shortness of breath and fatigue. After … Continue reading The Challenges of Diagnosing Mesothelioma »

New Biomarker for Early Mesothelioma Diagnosis

New Biomarker for Early Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Early treatment for mesothelioma is critical for overall survival. Researchers from Italy may have found a biomarker that can identify malignant pleural mesothelioma up to five years before a clinical diagnosis. This is an important area of research for mesothelioma because it is hard for doctors to diagnose this disease until it has become too difficult to treat. The sooner that doctors can diagnose a patient with mesothelioma, the sooner they can begin life-saving treatment. In addition, the current diagnosis methods involve surgically removing cancerous tissue for testing. This type of procedure can be hard even for healthy patients. Because of this, patients who are already too sick from mesothelioma might not be able to get a proper diagnosis. MicroRNA … Continue reading New Biomarker for Early Mesothelioma Diagnosis »

Finding Patterns in Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Finding Patterns in Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Researchers from the United States looked at malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) data over eighteen years for patterns in incidence and survival. They found that the incidence of MPM cases was steady while survival rates have increased. More cancer-directed surgeries and better identification of cell types in MPM patients may be behind the improved survival rates. Second Most Common Site MPM is an aggressive disease caused by asbestos. The peritoneum is the space in your abdomen that contains the intestines, the stomach, and the liver. The abdomen (peritoneum) is the second most common site of mesothelioma after the pleural area (lungs and chest). Most doctors believe MPM is caused by the ingestion of asbestos fibers. Microscopic asbestos fibers become embedded in … Continue reading Finding Patterns in Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma »

New Mesothelioma Diagnosis Technique

New Mesothelioma Diagnosis Technique

A patient was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma using a new technique. Her doctors used endobronchial ultrasound and endoscopic ultrasound-guided biopsy at the same time. These two techniques are less invasive than the usual diagnostic procedures. This could be helpful for diagnosing mesothelioma patients who are in poor health. Signs of Cancer Mesothelioma, an asbestos-linked malignancy that starts on the membrane around the lungs, can be difficult to diagnose. Mesothelioma diagnosis usually involves several tests. Patients may have imaging scans, blood tests, and a biopsy. By the time mesothelioma is finally diagnosed, it may already be too late for treatment to help. A 48-year-old woman went to the hospital because she had been experiencing shortness of breath and coughing for … Continue reading New Mesothelioma Diagnosis Technique »

Rare Case of Pleural Mesothelioma and Breast Cancer

Rare Case of Pleural Mesothelioma and Breast Cancer

In rare instances, people can have two different types of cancer at the same time. It is especially rare to have pleural mesothelioma and breast cancer. One woman in Portugal was found to have this exact diagnosis. According to the authors who shared her case, she is the first published case of mesothelioma and breast cancer at the same time. A Mesothelioma Diagnosis Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer. It is caused by exposure to asbestos. This type of cancer forms on the lining of internal organs like the lungs. There are three categories of mesothelioma: epithelial, sarcomatoid, and biphasic. When mesothelioma forms on the lining of the lungs, it is called malignant pleural mesothelioma. It is the … Continue reading Rare Case of Pleural Mesothelioma and Breast Cancer »

New Set of Biomarkers for Mesothelioma

New Set of Biomarkers for Mesothelioma

A new set of biomarkers to diagnose mesothelioma has been identified by researchers in Italy. Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. It takes decades for symptoms to appear after being around asbestos. It is also a deadly cancer with an average survival time of 13 months. Diagnosing mesothelioma as early as possible is critical to successful treatment. Doctors diagnose mesothelioma with a few different procedures. They might perform a scan on a patient first. This is usually an x-ray or a CT scan. Once they find a potential cancer site, the doctor needs to remove part of the tissue to take a closer look. The doctor will perform a biopsy to get … Continue reading New Set of Biomarkers for Mesothelioma »

Diagnosing Mesothelioma with DNA in Cancerous Cells

Diagnosing Mesothelioma with DNA in Cancerous Cells

DNA methylation could be used to diagnose mesothelioma earlier for better treatment outcomes. This is the finding of a study from a team of researchers from Belgium. The researchers analyzed 63 studies that looked at DNA methylation in mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. The cancer develops on the thin layer of tissue that covers the lungs and chest wall. Mesothelioma is usually diagnosed after a person goes to a doctor because they are experiencing symptoms. These symptoms depend on the type of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma in the lungs may cause shortness of breath, pain in chest, and fluid retention. Peritoneal mesothelioma in the abdomen can cause abdominal pain, fatigue, and ascites. … Continue reading Diagnosing Mesothelioma with DNA in Cancerous Cells »

Understanding Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma

Understanding Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a cancer that is difficult to diagnose and treat. Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is the most aggressive type of mesothelioma. It also looks different from other types of mesothelioma, making it even harder to diagnose and treat. The cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. It takes decades for symptoms of this cancer to appear, and the symptoms often look like other diseases, like pneumonia. A proper diagnosis can take a long time, which means the cancer has more time to spread. Mesothelioma can be categorized into three groups: epithelioid, sarcomatoid, and biphasic. The type of mesothelioma a patient has depends on the shape of the cancer cells. Epithelioid mesothelioma has cube-shaped or column-shaped cells. Sarcomatoid mesothelioma has cells with … Continue reading Understanding Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma »

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