Earlier diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma may be just a breath away. A new Belgian study shows that two kinds of breath-analyzing tests may finally offer an accurate way to screen for the deadly asbestos cancer. An accurate screening tool could lead to earlier mesothelioma diagnosis, earlier intervention, and, potentially, better treatment outcomes. Pleural mesothelioma is an extremely rare but aggressive cancer caused almost exclusively … Continue reading Breath Test May Finally Offer a Way to Screen for Pleural Mesothelioma
Scottish researchers say they have come up with a better way to decide which asbestos-exposed people might benefit from mesothelioma screening or even mesothelioma prevention measures. They have developed an assessment tool to gather detailed information from workers about the time, duration, and nature of their asbestos exposure in order to better quantify their mesothelioma risk. “The assessment is based on the tasks carried out … Continue reading New Assessment Identifies People at High Risk for Malignant 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?
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
There is new evidence that mesothelioma can affect more than just the part of the body where a tumor occurs. Along with lung-related symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath, a new study suggests that shoulder pain can also be an early sign of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Polish researchers reached that conclusion after studying the cases of 49 mesothelioma patients treated at the Central … Continue reading Shoulder Pain: An Early Symptom of 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
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
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
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
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