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A Breath Test for Mesothelioma?

Researchers in Belgium say a breath analysis tool could provide the next big breakthrough in the effort to diagnose malignant mesothelioma earlier. The team, made up of scientists from Ghent and Antwerp Universities, says the technique looks “very promising” and fits well within the aims of the “National Cancer Moonshot” research initiative established by President Obama. The Challenge of Mesothelioma Diagnosis Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) … Continue reading A Breath Test for Mesothelioma? »

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 »

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 »

New Clinical Trial Aims to Create Bioresource for Improved Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Malignant mesothelioma is not only one of the rarest and most difficult-to-treat cancers. It is also among the hardest to diagnose. The challenge of diagnosing the asbestos cancer can lead to delayed referral and late treatment and can limit mesothelioma patients’ access to clinical trials that might help them. In an effort to improve the diagnostic process for malignant mesothelioma, a group of researchers in … Continue reading New Clinical Trial Aims to Create Bioresource for Improved Mesothelioma Diagnosis »

Breath Screening May Help Detect Early Mesothelioma

Belgian scientists say a new kind of breath analysis tool holds promise as a way to screen former asbestos workers for early signs of malignant mesothelioma. Doctors in the Departments of Respiratory and Internal Medicine at Ghent University made that determination after administering breath analysis tests to 66 people, including 23 malignant pleural mesothelioma patients. A New Type of Breath Test To conduct their breath … Continue reading Breath Screening May Help Detect Early Mesothelioma »

Monitoring Program Improves Mesothelioma Diagnosis

A Polish program designed to identify mesothelioma earlier in former asbestos plant workers could have implications for malignant mesothelioma patients around the world. Mesothelioma is the most deadly of a range of diseases associated with exposure to asbestos. Other illnesses linked to asbestos exposure include lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural plaques. A new report published by Poland’s Nofer Institute of Occupational Health, says a 16-year-old … Continue reading Monitoring Program Improves Mesothelioma Diagnosis »

Diagnosing Mesothelioma with Medical Thoracoscopy

Medical thoracoscopy, a procedure used to diagnose and treat pleural diseases such as malignant pleural mesothelioma, provides the information needed to make a diagnosis in about 80 percent of patients. That is up by more than 20 percent in the last three decades. In a newly published study, a team of Italian pulmonary medicine specialists say the procedure, which is also known as pleuroscopy, has … Continue reading Diagnosing Mesothelioma with Medical Thoracoscopy »

Mesothelioma Risk and Crohn’s Disease: Is There a Link?

A new study out of Duke University suggests that, in some cases, there may be connection between malignant peritoneal mesothelioma and the Inflammatory bowel disease called Crohn’s disease. Peritoneal mesothelioma, a cancer that starts on the membranes surrounding internal organs, is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.  But the new study conducted by Duke’s pathology department and published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology notes … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk and Crohn’s Disease: Is There a Link? »

Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma? BAP1 May be Key

A team of top mesothelioma researchers say there may be a better way to distinguish malignant mesothelioma from lung cancer (carcinoma). While lung carcinoma and pleural mesothelioma are both malignancies, mesothelioma can grow and spread differently and may respond better to different types of treatment than lung carcinoma. Unfortunately, the two cancers can be difficult to differentiate from one another using current testing methods. But researchers at … Continue reading Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma? BAP1 May be Key »

New Tests May Lead to Earlier, More Accurate Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Pathologists in Canada and France have identified what they believe are two of the most important tests for distinguishing between a benign growth on the mesothelial membrane and malignant mesothelioma. Their work could be a key step toward better, more accurate mesothelioma diagnosis. The Challenge of Mesothelioma Diagnosis Associated almost exclusively with asbestos exposure, malignant mesothelioma is one of the most aggressive and lethal types … Continue reading New Tests May Lead to Earlier, More Accurate Mesothelioma Diagnosis »

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