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 »

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 »

New Mesothelioma Tool for Better Treatment and Prognosis

New Mesothelioma Tool for Better Treatment and Prognosis

Researchers from China have come up with a tool to check prognosis in mesothelioma patients depending on where the cancer is located. Mesothelioma develops in the lining that covers many of the internal organs in you body. It is caused by exposure to asbestos. There are different types of mesothelioma depending on where it develops. Pleural mesothelioma grows in the lining of your lungs and chest wall. Peritoneal mesothelioma grows in the lining of your abdomen. Mesothelioma can also occur in the testis or around the heart. The location where mesothelioma grows can have a big impact on diagnosis. It also affects how well you respond to treatment. When it takes longer to make an accurate diagnosis, the disease has … Continue reading New Mesothelioma Tool for Better Treatment and Prognosis »

The Most Accurate Way to Diagnosis Mesothelioma

The Most Accurate Way to Diagnosis Mesothelioma

A new study out of India shared new findings on the most accurate way to diagnose mesothelioma. Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare type of cancer. The peritoneum is the membrane that lines your abdominal cavity. MPM forms in this lining and spreads within the abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. MPM is likely caused by ingesting asbestos that become stuck in the abdomen. It can take up to 50 years for MPM to form and cause symptoms after asbestos exposure. It can be hard for doctors to diagnose MPM. This is because MPM is so rare and the symptoms often look like more common diseases. A delayed diagnosis leads to delayed treatment and a lower … Continue reading The Most Accurate Way to Diagnosis Mesothelioma »

Ultrasound for Diagnosing Mesothelioma

Ultrasound for Diagnosing Mesothelioma

A team of researchers in China analyzed the accuracy of a specific kind of ultrasound for diagnosing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Even though it is a rare cancer, the global incidence of mesothelioma has been rising over the past decade worldwide. One of the biggest challenges with mesothelioma is getting a definitive diagnosis. 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. Getting an Accurate Diagnosis A biopsy involves examining a sample of tissue from a patient’s body to find out if they have a … Continue reading Ultrasound for Diagnosing Mesothelioma »

New Tool Estimates Survival in Mesothelioma Patients

New Tool Estimates Survival in Mesothelioma Patients

Researchers in China have developed a new tool to estimate survival in patients with mesothelioma. This will help doctors to create effective treatment plans for mesothelioma patients.   A Rare Form of Cancer   Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects almost 2,000 Americans every year. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. The WHO predicts that cases of mesothelioma will be more common in the future. The five-year survival rate for mesothelioma patients is less than 10%.   Mesothelioma is hard to diagnose because it takes a long time to develop symptoms. By the time a doctor diagnoses a patient with mesothelioma, it can be difficult to treat.   Limited treatment options are available for mesothelioma. Treatment plans usually … Continue reading New Tool Estimates Survival in Mesothelioma Patients »

New Clinical Tips for a Definitive Mesothelioma Diagnosis

New Clinical Tips for a Definitive Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Researchers at Ohio State University published new tips for a definitive mesothelioma diagnosis. The team says three different tools are important for getting the right answer. One of the biggest challenges with mesothelioma is just getting a definitive diagnosis. Mesothelioma is closely associated with asbestos. But symptoms may not show up until decades after the exposure. This makes it difficult to link the cause and effect. When symptoms such occur, they are often attributed to other, less serious causes. But a recent article in Diagnostic Cytopathology focuses on promising new diagnostic tips. Tips on Using 3 Different Diagnostic Tools Together For this case study, a single 63-year-old patient was used as an example. The team used a combination of tools … Continue reading New Clinical Tips for a Definitive Mesothelioma Diagnosis »

Earlier Mesothelioma Diagnosis with Machine Learning Model

Earlier Mesothelioma Diagnosis with Machine Learning Model

A new machine learning model can diagnose mesothelioma better than any current model. The model provides new hope for early diagnosis and better treatment of malignant mesothelioma. A machine learning tool is a computer program that gets “smarter” the more it runs. One challenge in predicting mesothelioma is that mesothelioma is very rare. With the exception of mesothelioma specialists, most doctors never even see a single case. The same is true for pathologists. If they do not see mesothelioma patients, they are less likely to see differences that may influence the diagnosis. Doctors trained the new machine learning tool to recognize and diagnose malignant mesothelioma. It works more quickly and accurately. Earlier mesothelioma diagnosis would allow for earlier intervention. This … Continue reading Earlier Mesothelioma Diagnosis with Machine Learning Model »

New Mesothelioma Blood Test Could Lead to Earlier Diagnosis

New Mesothelioma Blood Test Could Lead to Earlier Diagnosis

A new mesothelioma blood test promises an earlier diagnosis for patients. An article in BBA-Molecular Basis of Disease explains the new breakthrough. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is the asbestos-caused cancer. It is often diagnosed only in the advanced stage. This is because its early symptoms are also associated with other respiratory diseases. Finding a way to identify mesothelioma from other respiratory diseases is important. It helps doctors apply effective treatment strategies. And it increases the mesothelioma patient survival rate. Distinguishing Mesothelioma from Lung Cancer There is a well-known association between asbestos exposure and malignant mesothelioma. The most common type of asbestos-related cancer is malignant pleural mesothelioma. It accounts for approximately 80% of all mesothelioma cases. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is usually diagnosed … Continue reading New Mesothelioma Blood Test Could Lead to Earlier Diagnosis »

Cracking the Code: New Mathematical Model for Cancer Screening to Catch Some Mesotheliomas Sooner

Cracking the Code: New Mathematical Model for Cancer Screening to Catch Some Mesotheliomas Sooner

Cancers, such as malignant mesothelioma, are one of the leading causes of death. Yet mortality could be reduced by detecting malignant tumors earlier so that treatment is started earlier at a less aggressive stage. A team of American data scientists recently “cracked the code” of cancer screenings. Cancer screenings are expensive and it can be difficult to know who and when to give screening. The tradeoff between the cost and the benefit of cancer screening is an ongoing challenge. A new study in PLOS Computational Biology describes a new mathematical model to help clinicians decide whom to screen and when. This is a big step forward in catching some mesotheliomas earlier. Early Diagnosis for Mesothelioma is Key Exposure to asbestos … Continue reading Cracking the Code: New Mathematical Model for Cancer Screening to Catch Some Mesotheliomas Sooner »

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