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New Prospects for Treating Malignant Mesothelioma with Curcumin

There is more evidence that the active ingredient in turmeric may have the power to help combat malignant mesothelioma. A new French study on curcumin finds that the compound not only slowed the growth of one of the rarest types of mesothelioma tumor cells in the laboratory but also reduced total tumor mass in lab rats in just two weeks. Evaluating Curcumin’s Effect on Mesothelioma … Continue reading New Prospects for Treating Malignant Mesothelioma with Curcumin »

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 »

Changes in Medical Marijuana Laws Could Impact Mesothelioma Patients

California mesothelioma patients who rely on medical marijuana to help manage their symptoms or support their treatment may find the product even safer if the governor signs a proposed new law. The law would set new standards for how medical cannabis products are manufactured in the state, requiring that medical marijuana be processed without solvents or with nonflammable, nontoxic solvents. Mesothelioma Patients May Be Affected … Continue reading Changes in Medical Marijuana Laws Could Impact Mesothelioma Patients »

Online Support for Mesothelioma Survivors: What's Working Now

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Remote support groups, including phone and Internet components, offer a unique way to help mesothelioma patients and caregivers – even when they’re not in session. That’s the finding of a new study conducted by researchers at Columbia University, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, and Maimonides Medical Center in New York. The researchers found that online and and telephone support as part of a closed group … Continue reading Online Support for Mesothelioma Survivors: What's Working Now »

Mesothelioma Patients Could Be Impacted by Federal Cannabis Decision

A decision could come within weeks that could dramatically affect access to medicinal marijuana for thousands of patients with malignant mesothelioma. Parts of the marijuana plant have been used for centuries to treat a wide variety of ailments, including intractable cancers like pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma and cancer-related pain. However, access to marijuana and its medicinal derivatives called cannabinoids is not always easy for mesothelioma … Continue reading Mesothelioma Patients Could Be Impacted by Federal Cannabis Decision »

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