What Type of Mesothelioma Do I Have? CT May Be Able to Tell

Researchers from one of the country’s top cancer centers say it may be possible to tell what subtype of pleural mesothelioma a person has by using computed tomography (CT). Pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive lung-related cancer for which patients and their doctors must develop a treatment plan quickly to get ahead of the disease. The challenge is that, not only is mesothelioma highly resistant to … Continue reading What Type of Mesothelioma Do I Have? CT May Be Able to Tell »

PET Beats CT in Study of Mesothelioma Staging Tools

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When it comes to accurately assessing the extent of an individual case of malignant pleural mesothelioma, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) may be more effective than Computed Tomography (CT). A combination of the two is even better. That conclusion comes from researchers at the University of Toronto who analyzed the cases of more than 100 mesothelioma patients being considered for multimodality therapy at Princess Margaret Cancer … Continue reading PET Beats CT in Study of Mesothelioma Staging Tools »

Mesothelioma Biomarker Test May Be Diagnostic Alternative for Frail Patients

A set of proteins found in the lung fluid of people with malignant pleural mesothelioma may offer a safer way to diagnose the asbestos cancer in frail or elderly patients. Mesothelioma is an extremely difficult cancer to diagnose. Accurate diagnosis usually requires a combination of tests including a physical exam, a thorough work history (including possible asbestos exposure), blood or lung fluid tests, imaging scans, … Continue reading Mesothelioma Biomarker Test May Be Diagnostic Alternative for Frail Patients »

Miner Study Finds Mesothelioma Often Undiagnosed

A new study of former South African mine workers suggests that too many asbestos-related diseases may be going undiagnosed. The study conducted by researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand and the National Institute for Occupational Health in Johannesburg found that, in a cohort of 149 workers, more than half of the cases of malignant mesothelioma were missed until after the patient had died. With … Continue reading Miner Study Finds Mesothelioma Often Undiagnosed »

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 »

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