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Asbestos Found in the Gallbladders of Pleural Mesothelioma Patients

There is new evidence that asbestos fibers can make their way into the gallbladders of patients with the lung-related cancer malignant pleural mesothelioma. The finding may help explain why some of these patients also suffer from gallbladder disorders. A new study conducted in Italy and published in the Journal of Microscopy discovered microscopic fibers of the mineral asbestos when they analyzed thin sections of gallbladders … Continue reading Asbestos Found in the Gallbladders of Pleural Mesothelioma Patients »

Diagnostic Accuracy of CT Limited for Pleural Mesothelioma

When it comes to diagnosing pleural mesothelioma, Scottish researchers say CT scanning is not accurate enough. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) can provide a cross-sectional image of the chest in people with suspected pleural mesothelioma. But researchers at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow say their tests show that CT is not sensitive enough to either confirm or rule out mesothelioma in most cases. CT Scans … Continue reading Diagnostic Accuracy of CT Limited for Pleural Mesothelioma »

Mesothelioma Diagnosis Still a Possibility for 9/11 Survivors

Fifteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, some of the wounds inflicted that day have begun to heal. Unfortunately others, including many anticipated cases of malignant mesothelioma, have yet to be revealed. Malignant mesothelioma is the most deadly of several serious health conditions associated with the fibrous mineral, asbestos. It can take decades after people inadvertently inhale or swallow the … Continue reading Mesothelioma Diagnosis Still a Possibility for 9/11 Survivors »

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 »

Mesothelioma-Related Lung Fluid: Better Diagnosis with HIgh Tech Tool

Technology that integrates 18-FDG PET and CT imaging together may be a more powerful way to diagnose malignant lung fluid in people with pleural mesothelioma than either modality alone. Scientists in China did a retrospective study to compare the imaging results of people with pleural effusion from various causes, including malignant pleural mesothelioma.  The team found that the integrated PET/CT technology accurately diagnosed malignant pleural … Continue reading Mesothelioma-Related Lung Fluid: Better Diagnosis with HIgh Tech Tool »

Low-Dose CT May Improve Mesothelioma Survival Odds for German Workers

Germany is leading the way in the fight to detect asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma earlier in exposed workers. Based on studies showing the early warning benefits of low dose CT scanning in smokers, Germany’s statutory accident insurance now covers these special exams for high risk asbestos workers. Asbestos and Mesothelioma Risk Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that was widely used for decades to strengthen and … Continue reading Low-Dose CT May Improve Mesothelioma Survival Odds for German Workers »

Mesothelioma Diagnosis: CT Index May Make it Easier

Detecting Mesothelioma with New CT Algorithm

CT images of peritoneal mesothelioma have some distinct differences from images of other types of cancer, making CT a valuable way to help diagnose the asbestos-linked malignancy and plan appropriate treatment. A group of Japanese researchers recently set out to explore exactly how malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) differs from other cancers on CT. Their goal was not only to list the differences but to create … Continue reading Mesothelioma Diagnosis: CT Index May Make it Easier »

The Challenge of Diagnosing Malignant Mesothelioma

The case of a Japanese man whose mesothelioma went undetected until it claimed his life seven months later highlights the need for better and earlier mesothelioma diagnosis. The man is the subject of a new article published in the medical journal Case Reports in Oncology. Although the patient complained of chest pain for months, his doctors were never able to make a diagnosis of mesothelioma. … Continue reading The Challenge of Diagnosing Malignant Mesothelioma »

Best Tools for Measuring Mesothelioma Treatment Response

PET Scan

When it comes to evaluating treatment response in mesothelioma, functional imaging techniques may do a better job than standard imaging. That is the word from a team of UK researchers who compared different types of imaging techniques in the evaluation of pleural mesothelioma patients for an article in the journal Lung Cancer. Imaging Techniques for Mesothelioma Tumors Functional imaging, which includes techniques like positron emission tomography … Continue reading Best Tools for Measuring Mesothelioma Treatment Response »

Irish Physicians Frustrated by Inadequate Training for Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Do general pulmonologists have the training they need to diagnose an illness as rare and challenging as mesothelioma? There is evidence that, at least in Northern Ireland, they do not. A survey conducted of general respiratory physicians in Northern Ireland found that just over a third of the 32 respondents indicated a “lack of confidence in diagnosis and management” of occupational lung diseases like mesothelioma. … Continue reading Irish Physicians Frustrated by Inadequate Training for Mesothelioma Diagnosis »

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