Understanding Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma

Understanding Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a cancer that is difficult to diagnose and treat. Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is the most aggressive type of mesothelioma. It also looks different from other types of mesothelioma, making it even harder to diagnose and treat. The cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. It takes decades for symptoms of this cancer to appear, and the symptoms often look like other diseases, like pneumonia. A proper diagnosis can take a long time, which means the cancer has more time to spread. Mesothelioma can be categorized into three groups: epithelioid, sarcomatoid, and biphasic. The type of mesothelioma a patient has depends on the shape of the cancer cells. Epithelioid mesothelioma has cube-shaped or column-shaped cells. Sarcomatoid mesothelioma has cells with … Continue reading Understanding Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma »

The Link Between Surgery and Radiotherapy for Mesothelioma

The Link Between Surgery and Radiotherapy for Mesothelioma

A study from the Journal of Clinical Oncology has reviewed the link between radiotherapy and surgery. This is exciting new research in mesothelioma treatment. The study was conducted by mesothelioma experts in Australia. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that rarely responds to a single cancer therapy. Malignant mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Usually, that happens in the workplace. Exciting New Research There is ongoing research exploring surgical options for mesothelioma. There are two common surgical procedures for mesothelioma: extrapleural pneumonectomy and pleurectomy decortication. Extrapleural pneumonectomy involves removing the lung affected by mesothelioma. Part of the diaphragm and the linings of the lung and heart are also removed. Pleurectomy decortication is a two-part surgical … Continue reading The Link Between Surgery and Radiotherapy for Mesothelioma »

Using Virtual Reality to Support Mesothelioma Emotional Health

Using Virtual Reality to Support Mesothelioma Emotional Health

A Virtual Reality (VR) experience may be useful in helping mesothelioma patients cope with their diagnosis. This out-of-body experience can help increase stress tolerance and patient empowerment. Italian researchers are looking at VR interventions to improve cancer patients’ well-being. VR can be useful to support mesothelioma patients in coping with distressing situations. One VR experience is with a resilient cancer patient who is facing similar difficulties. This can help train patients how to cope with cancer-related difficulties. If the patient endures a difficult situation in the VR simulation, they will be more likely to cope well in real life. Scenarios endured through a VR experience can build a patient’s resilience. The study found that patients who used the VR experience … Continue reading Using Virtual Reality to Support Mesothelioma Emotional Health »

Celebrating Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Celebrating Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is on September 26th each year. This day has helped to raise awareness about mesothelioma, the asbestos-caused cancer. This day is supported by patients, loved ones, caregivers, researchers, doctors, and survivors. There are many groups working towards a mesothelioma cancer cure. Many of these groups often provide social and financial support to patients. Participating in this day will help to spread information about mesothelioma. This helps raise funds for research on mesothelioma treatments. People can show their support and get involved in many ways. Check to see if there are any Mesothelioma Awareness Day events in your area. The mesothelioma community also comes together on this special day to connect and share their experiences. What Does a Mesothelioma Diagnosis Mean? Mesothelioma is … Continue reading Celebrating Mesothelioma Awareness Day »

Humor Helps Stressed Veteran Mesothelioma Caregivers

Humor Helps Stressed Veteran Mesothelioma Caregivers

Mesothelioma, the asbestos-caused cancer, has a high symptom burden in British military veterans. There is little research on what it is like to live with mesothelioma as a veteran. Or what it is like for veteran mesothelioma caregivers. New research has been published in the journal of Illness, Crisis & Loss on this topic. The article highlights how veterans and their families cope with the stress of the disease. Asbestos Exposure in the British Military Malignant mesothelioma is a disease linked to asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure in the British Armed Forces has been documented. Many were exposed in damaged buildings during conflict and aid delivery. Mesothelioma is often diagnosed in older people, and survival rates are poor. Symptoms first appear … Continue reading Humor Helps Stressed Veteran Mesothelioma Caregivers »

The RARECARE Project: An International Network Includes Mesothelioma

The RARECARE Project: An International Network Includes Mesothelioma

The RARECARE Project is a network of international clinicians who support rare tumor patients. This includes malignant mesothelioma, the asbestos-caused cancer. RARECARE wants to ensure access to clinical trials. And to the second opinion of cancer specialists. They are working towards guaranteeing equal health care access and better care management. Humble Beginnings In 2008, the European Commission started the RARECARE project. It is a cancer registry with patient data. They are trying to define the incidence, prevalence, and outcome of rare cancers. Soon, the RARECARE registry led to a second project, RARECAREnet. This updated and enlarged the available information on rare cancers in Europe. Mesothelioma remains one of the rarest of rare cancers. It is more common in the UK … Continue reading The RARECARE Project: An International Network Includes Mesothelioma »

New Tool Measures Past Exposure to Asbestos

New Tool Measures Past Exposure to Asbestos

A new Italian study supports the most reliable tool for determining past exposure to asbestos. The study has confirmed what thousands of mesothelioma patients already know. Exposure to asbestos puts them at high risk for malignant mesothelioma. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been found throughout the world. It was once called the “magic mineral” because of its seemingly magical properties. Because of its heat-resistant properties, it served as an insulator in factories, schools, homes, and ships. Thousands of workers have come in contact with the material daily, in some cases, for decades. Asbestos is toxic and cancer-causing for human beings. It causes mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Generally, those who develop asbestos-related diseases show no signs of … Continue reading New Tool Measures Past Exposure to Asbestos »

Major Effect of COVID-19 on Mesothelioma Patient Survival in Italy

Major Effect of COVID-19 on Mesothelioma Patient Survival in Italy

The COVID‐19 pandemic had a major effect on some mesothelioma patients in Italy. A new study in Medical & Clinical Research shows how the pandemic harmed new diagnoses and survival. Malignant mesothelioma is one of the rarest types of cancer. Many people have never even heard of ‘asbestos cancer’ until they are diagnosed. Most do not know anyone else who has it. Social distancing to protect themselves against COVID-19 compounds the problem. The timely diagnosis of mesothelioma is important. Although it may not change the prognosis of the disease, it can help in treatment strategies. Treatment delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic had a major effect on survival rates for some patients. Survival Rate during Pandemic During the COVID-19 pandemic, … Continue reading Major Effect of COVID-19 on Mesothelioma Patient Survival in Italy »

Mesothelioma Multidisciplinary Team Improves Patient Outcomes

Localized Mesothelioma Successfully Treated with Chemotherapy and Surgery

Oxford University Hospital found that a multidisciplinary team is best in mesothelioma care. This treatment approach includes many doctors who are experts in different specialties. Together, they offer the best clinical decision-making team, and they improve patient outcomes. There are many factors that impact clinical decision-making. But this new report focuses on which factors improve mesothelioma patient care. And which factors support informed decisions about follow-up care. Results showed that the most important factor is a strong team of doctors. Two Heads are Better than One Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a rare, incurable cancer coming from asbestos exposure. Patients have a poor prognosis and a median survival rate of 8 to 14 months. Differences in mesothelioma clinical decision-making are common. … Continue reading Mesothelioma Multidisciplinary Team Improves Patient Outcomes »

Earlier Mesothelioma Diagnosis with Machine Learning Model

Earlier Mesothelioma Diagnosis with Machine Learning Model

A new machine learning model can diagnose mesothelioma better than any current model. The model provides new hope for early diagnosis and better treatment of malignant mesothelioma. A machine learning tool is a computer program that gets “smarter” the more it runs. One challenge in predicting mesothelioma is that mesothelioma is very rare. With the exception of mesothelioma specialists, most doctors never even see a single case. The same is true for pathologists. If they do not see mesothelioma patients, they are less likely to see differences that may influence the diagnosis. Doctors trained the new machine learning tool to recognize and diagnose malignant mesothelioma. It works more quickly and accurately. Earlier mesothelioma diagnosis would allow for earlier intervention. This … Continue reading Earlier Mesothelioma Diagnosis with Machine Learning Model »

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