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Predicting Mesothelioma Outcomes with Soluble Mesothelin

New research suggests that a protein often used to help diagnose and track malignant mesothelioma may also be a valuable prognostic indicator. Soluble mesothelin-related protein (SMRP) is a biomarker for pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive asbestos-linked cancer that causes few symptoms until in its late stages. The presence of SMRP in the blood indicates that mesothelial cells on the lining around the lungs have been damaged. … Continue reading Predicting Mesothelioma Outcomes with Soluble Mesothelin »

Mesothelioma Risk and the Timing of Asbestos Exposure

The timing of a person’s exposure to asbestos may play a bigger role in the development of malignant pleural mesothelioma than previously thought. A new French study has found that asbestos exposure earlier in a worker’s career appeared to raise their risk of developing pleural mesothelioma more than asbestos exposure later in their work life. Exposure Timing and Mesothelioma Risk The study evaluated the cases … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk and the Timing of Asbestos Exposure »

Mesothelioma Risk in the Families of Asbestos-Exposed Workers

A new Italian study is a sobering reminder that living with someone who has worked around asbestos can have fatal consequences. Researchers examined the cases of 33 women and 2 men with malignant mesothelioma whose only known exposure to asbestos was through a family member – usually a husband or father – with a history of occupational asbestos exposure. Like asbestos-exposed workers, these family members were … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk in the Families of Asbestos-Exposed Workers »

IMRT Beats Conformal Radiotherapy for Pleural Mesothelioma

The targeted radiotherapy technique known as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) may offer a safer way to treat pleural mesothelioma tumors with fewer side effects. Researchers at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey recently compared the outcomes of  twenty-four radiation therapy plannings in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma and found that IMRT was both less dangerous and more effective. Radiotherapy for Mesothelioma Radiotherapy is often used in pleural … Continue reading IMRT Beats Conformal Radiotherapy for Pleural Mesothelioma »

New Report May Fuel Debate Over Mesothelioma Surgery

A new Swiss report on the two major types of mesothelioma surgery appears to raise as many questions as it answers, adding fuel to the fire in the ongoing debate over surgical technique. While thoracic surgeons around the world remain divided over the best type of surgery for the asbestos cancer,  the report suggests that the two primary curative approaches have similar rates of complications … Continue reading New Report May Fuel Debate Over Mesothelioma Surgery »

Doll Making Linked to Pleural Mesothelioma

People who worked in factories that produced cloth dolls may have to be added to the list of people at risk of developing deadly malignant pleural mesothelioma. A new Italian study is the second study to draw a link between cases of the lung-related asbestos cancer and doll manufacturing. Asbestos-Related Diseases and Dollmaking The new study utilized data from the Province of Brescia Mesothelioma Registry, … Continue reading Doll Making Linked to Pleural Mesothelioma »

Additional Chemotherapy Extends Survival in Relapsed Mesothelioma Patients

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Mesothelioma patients who experience a recurrence of their asbestos cancer after radical surgery may live longer if they undergo additional rounds of chemotherapy. That conclusion comes from a group of Japanese researchers who performed a retrospective review of 59 consecutive pleural mesothelioma patients who had multimodal mesothelioma treatment that included extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) surgery. Study subjects had been treated for malignant mesothelioma at Hyogo College … Continue reading Additional Chemotherapy Extends Survival in Relapsed Mesothelioma Patients »

More Evidence for Inflammation Marker in Mesothelioma Prognosis

There is more evidence that a measure of how well the immune system is functioning may be an efficient prognostic tool for people with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Even though some recent studies have found the ratio of neutrophils to lymphocytes (NLR) in the blood to be a poor prognostic indicator for cancer, Chinese researchers say it may still be effective for planning mesothelioma treatment and qualifying … Continue reading More Evidence for Inflammation Marker in Mesothelioma Prognosis »

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 »

Lung-Sparing Surgery and Mesothelioma Survival

When it comes to the mesothelioma surgery known as pleurectomy/decortication (P/D), not all techniques are created equal. A new report in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery finds that two of the three primary P/D approaches offer a significant mesothelioma survival advantage over the third. Setting up the Mesothelioma Surgery Study Thoracic surgeons from 11 Italian institutions reviewed the cases of 314 pleural mesothelioma patients … Continue reading Lung-Sparing Surgery and Mesothelioma Survival »

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