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Mesothelioma Patients May Benefit from ‘Aesthetic Support’

When it comes to coping with the treatment and side effects of a cancer like malignant mesothelioma, looks matter – especially to female patients. That is the message of a new Italian study on the impact of an “aesthetic care” program for hospitalized cancer patients. The objective of the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, was to evaluate a support program called “Health … Continue reading Mesothelioma Patients May Benefit from ‘Aesthetic Support’ »

Mesothelioma Survivors May Not Have Enough Knowledge of Nutrition

New evidence suggests that too many long-term survivors of malignant mesothelioma and other cancers may not be following the dietary guidelines that could keep them healthy for a lifetime. Researchers from Johns Hopkins and Drexel University recently analyzed the diets of 53 adult cancer survivors and found that many are not adequately prepared to follow a cancer-preventing diet indefinitely. Mesothelioma Survival and DIet Multiple studies … Continue reading Mesothelioma Survivors May Not Have Enough Knowledge of Nutrition »

Preventing and Treating Mesothelioma with Phytochemicals

Italian scientists say it may one day be possible to treat or even prevent malignant mesothelioma by harnessing the powerful phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables. Malignant mesothelioma is the most deadly of the diseases linked to asbestos exposure. There is no cure and standard cancer therapies are rarely able to stop its progression for long. But, in a new report published in the October 2017 … Continue reading Preventing and Treating Mesothelioma with Phytochemicals »

Chamomile Tea May Hold the Secret to Longer Mesothelioma Survival

A new study suggests that a flavonoid found in parsley, celery, and chamomile tea may help improve the odds of surviving malignant mesothelioma. Scientists in Italy have just released some promising findings from tests of the compound apigenin on mesothelioma cells in the lab and in live mice. What is Apigenin? Apigenin is a plant pigment that is part of a larger group of chemicals … Continue reading Chamomile Tea May Hold the Secret to Longer Mesothelioma Survival »

The Impact of Nutritional Status on Mesothelioma Survival

There is new evidence that a mesothelioma patient’s nutritional status could have an impact on their treatment outcomes. A group of Japanese surgeons, oncologists and pathologists compared the treatment responses of 83 patients with pleural mesothelioma and found that patients with the poorest nutritional status tended to have the poorest mesothelioma prognosis. Controlling Nutritional Status Score To reach their conclusion, the researchers used a tool … Continue reading The Impact of Nutritional Status on Mesothelioma Survival »

Mesothelioma Quality of Life Bolstered by Online Support Group

Recent evidence appears to back the idea that private, guided support groups can help mesothelioma patients navigate the emotional ups-and-downs of this devastating and aggressive cancer – even if they meet via phone and email. In an article published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the developers of the Mesothelioma Survivor Project report that mesothelioma patients who actively participated in online and telephone support groups … Continue reading Mesothelioma Quality of Life Bolstered by Online Support Group »

Experimental Treatment Targets Pleural Mesothelioma with Compound in Red Wine

The question of how to make chemotherapy more effective in the treatment of malignant mesothelioma is one that has plagued cancer researchers for years. Now, a group of Korean doctors believe they may be closer to an answer. Scientists at Soonchunhyang University in Cheonan, Korea were the first to study the mesothelioma-fighting power of a chemical in red wine called resveratrol back in 2012 and have … Continue reading Experimental Treatment Targets Pleural Mesothelioma with Compound in Red Wine »

Cancer-fighting Lessons Learned from Mesothelioma Survivors

When a person receives a diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma, a rare and incurable cancer on the membranes that surround internal organs, it can feel hopeless. Patients may hear their doctors tell them that there are no viable mesothelioma therapies and they have only a limited time left to live. While that may be the story told by statistics, it is not the same story recounted … Continue reading Cancer-fighting Lessons Learned from Mesothelioma Survivors »

Maine Man Defies the Odds by Forging His Own Mesothelioma Treatment Path

When Jim McHutchison, an otherwise healthy 72-year-old from York, Maine, developed a cough and shortness of breath in the Fall of 2012, neither he nor his doctors had reason to suspect it was pleural mesothelioma.  “I never worked near asbestos in a shipyard or around heavy construction. I’m an advertising guy. I work in an office,” McHutchison told Surviving Mesothelioma. Noting that Jim had fluid … Continue reading Maine Man Defies the Odds by Forging His Own Mesothelioma Treatment Path »

Maine Man Surviving Mesothelioma with Tenacity and Keytruda

A Maine man diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma three years ago says a newly-approved immunotherapy drug and his own unwillingness to accept the grim prognosis he was given are helping to keep him alive. James “Jim” McHutchison of York, Maine, was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma on Good Friday in 2013, despite the fact that he had never worked in an asbestos industry. The devastating news came … Continue reading Maine Man Surviving Mesothelioma with Tenacity and Keytruda »

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