Mesothelioma Patients Underrepresented in European National Cancer Data

Mesothelioma Patients Underrepresented in European National Cancer Data

Cancer patient surveys are important for improving healthcare practice and policy. A new study suggests mesothelioma patients may be underrepresented in this important survey. The goal of the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey is to improve European cancer care. In order to be useful, this survey should represent all cancer patients. Cancer Patient Data Collection using a National Survey Patient feedback from healthcare services is important for informing healthcare quality. And data from patient surveys directly impact policy to improve care. In the United Kingdom, there are many surveys that collect information on patient experiences. For people with cancer, a National Cancer Patient Experience Survey has been taken annually for the last 12 years. It surveys over 65,000 people with … Continue reading Mesothelioma Patients Underrepresented in European National Cancer Data »

COVID-19 Pandemic Had Little Or No Impact On New Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnoses

COVID-19 Pandemic Had Little Or No Impact On New Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnoses

A new study published in Thoracic Cancer discussed the impact of COVID‐19 pandemic on new mesothelioma diagnoses in Italy. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare disease of great interest to the scientific community and to public health. This is due to its high lethality and its association with asbestos exposure. The timely diagnosis of mesothelioma is important. Although it may not change the prognosis of the disease, it can help in treatment strategies. It can also help in documenting previous exposure to asbestos. This can contribute to any request for compensation. New Study Shows Promising Results During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a delay in the diagnosis of oncological diseases. This was because many departments were converted into COVID wards. And … Continue reading COVID-19 Pandemic Had Little Or No Impact On New Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnoses »

Hope for Mesothelioma Patients with Genetic Predisposition (Germline PVs) for Cancer

Mesothelioma Patients with Genetic Predisposition for Cancer are Candidates for Personalized Medicine

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a tumor caused by asbestos exposure. Recently, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved immunotherapy treatment for mesothelioma. But the efficacy of available treatments is still limited. Researchers are still evaluating these new therapeutic approaches. They are also working to identify subgroups of patients who could benefit from precision medicine. Precision medicine uses information about a person’s tumor to find out how well a treatment is working. One of these groups could be represented by patients with an inherited cancer syndrome. These are caused by germline pathogenic variants (PVs) in DNA repair genes. A germline pathogenic variant is a gene variant (or mutation) that is passed from parent to child. These germline PVs are hereditary. … Continue reading Hope for Mesothelioma Patients with Genetic Predisposition (Germline PVs) for Cancer »

Mesothelioma Risk in Canadian Firefighters and Police

Mesothelioma Risk in Canadian Firefighters and Police

Firefighters and police usually work in high-stress, complex environments. And, these environments often have known and suspected hazardous and toxic exposures. A leading cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Asbestos is toxic and cancer-causing for human beings. Asbestos causes mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Canadian researchers published a new study in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. This new report characterizes cancer incidence among these occupations. Firefighters vs. Police The Canadian team used an Occupational Disease Surveillance System (ODSS) to identify workers. Then they compared compensation claims to the Ontario Cancer Registry. They found 36,267 people employed as firefighters or police in Ontario. In the final analysis, there were a total of 13,642 firefighters and 22,595 police. When compared with other workers, … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk in Canadian Firefighters and Police »

A New Prognostic Signature Discovered for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

New Prognostic Signature Discovered for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Immune-related genes play an important role in malignant pleural mesothelioma prognosis. They can affect the tumor immune microenvironment and affect tumor prognosis. Immune-related genes can be used to predict the course of a disease or patient outcomes. These genes are often called a genetic prognostic signature. Chinese surgeons recently discovered a prognostic signature for malignant pleural mesothelioma patients. Constructing a Prognostic Signature with 5 Immune-Related Genes Genes play an important role in the development and progression of cancers like mesothelioma. The Chinese researchers started by searching for other studies on mesothelioma prognosis and genes. Researchers used data from the Cancer Genome Atlas to construct the prediction signature. Patients were divided into high-risk and low-risk groups. They also used this data … Continue reading A New Prognostic Signature Discovered for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma »

MicroRNAs in Cancer Development and Mesothelioma Personalized Medicine

MicroRNAs in Cancer Development and Mesothelioma Personalized Medicine

A special issue was published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine. Dr. Alessandra Pulliero from the University of Genoa in Italy talks about microRNA. Specifically, the role of microRNA in cancer development and personalized medicine. A microRNA (miRNA) is a small part of an RNA molecule. MiRNAs play a key role in the regulation of gene expression in cells, including mesothelioma cells. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer often caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos also causes a progressive lung disease called asbestosis. Environmental exposure to asbestos often causes a higher incidence of malignant mesothelioma. Malignant mesothelioma is characterized by poor prognosis and short survival. Personalized Medicine and Mesothelioma Scientists now know that the role of miRNAs changes once they … Continue reading MicroRNAs in Cancer Development and Mesothelioma Personalized Medicine »

Using Electric Fields to Treat Tumors: Combining Standard and Innovative Treatments

Using Electricity to Treat Tumors: Standard and Innovative Treatments

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer and standard therapies are limited. So most patients consider one or more different treatments. Different types of therapies can be used and they are usually not exclusive. Mesothelioma patients can move from one type to another. And, if their doctors agree, can sometimes use them in combination. One of the non-standard treatment therapies is the use of electric fields. Tumor-treating electric fields can disrupt cancer cell division. This treatment is approved for mesothelioma treatment. A new combination of treatments has recently been proposed. Does the combination of tumor-treating fields with a standard treatment effective? A new global clinical trial combined tumor-treating fields with sorafenib. This medication blocks cell protein signals to prevent cancer cells from … Continue reading Using Electric Fields to Treat Tumors: Combining Standard and Innovative Treatments »

New Cancer Guidelines to Manage and Treat Mesothelioma

Updating Mesothelioma Cancer Guidelines from a Global Perspective

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops from the thin layer of tissue that covers many of the body’s internal organs. Mesothelioma is a difficult disease to study on a global scale for many reasons. Yet, there has been tremendous progress in mesothelioma research over the last decade. However, current cancer guidelines are fragmented. An editorial in the Annals of Oncology recommends that new guidelines need to focus on both global and gender perspectives. Shifting Timeframes Make it Difficult to Study Mesothelioma Cases of mesothelioma are rising in some countries and falling in others. This makes it difficult to study the disease on a global level. There are a few different reasons for this global variation. First, … Continue reading New Cancer Guidelines to Manage and Treat Mesothelioma »

Preventing Malignant Mesothelioma through National Asbestos Regulation

Preventing Malignant Mesothelioma through National Asbestos Regulation

After almost 30 years, one key to preventing malignant mesothelioma is found. A national ban on asbestos in the Netherlands has shown positive effects. Results from a new study show the ban cut malignant mesothelioma incidence. Malignant mesothelioma incidence has peaked about 10 years earlier than predicted. This is after the Dutch national ban on asbestos. Mesothelioma treatment advances have led to somewhat better survival in the Netherlands. But the prognosis is still dismal. National Regulation Can Prevent Malignant Mesothelioma In 1993, a national ban on asbestos went into effect in the Netherlands. This ban was preventing malignant mesothelioma in future generations. Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer. It arises from the pleura or peritoneum due to asbestos exposure. A … Continue reading Preventing Malignant Mesothelioma through National Asbestos Regulation »

Asbestos Exposure During Childhood Can Lead to Mesothelioma

Environmental and Domestic Asbestos Exposure During Childhood

Scientists are looking at mesothelioma risk in women exposed to asbestos. Asbestos exposure in women varies. But, environmental and domestic asbestos exposures are common. Oncologists are now asking about childhood environmental and domestic asbestos exposures. A study from the International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health tells more. Forms of Asbestos Exposure: Environmental and Domestic All forms of asbestos are capable of causing cancer in humans. Most asbestos research focuses on malignant mesothelioma. This is aggressive cancer associated with exposure to asbestos. Occupational asbestos exposure is the most common exposure. Workers are exposed to asbestos on the job site or through work-related tasks. Women more often have domestic asbestos exposure. This comes from living with and handling the clothing … Continue reading Asbestos Exposure During Childhood Can Lead to Mesothelioma »

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