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Age May Have Little Impact on Mesothelioma Surgery Outcomes

Being older does not necessarily reduce a patient’s odds of benefiting from mesothelioma surgery. That is the good news from a study conducted by mesothelioma experts at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, England. The bad news is that too many elderly mesothelioma patients are not being referred for adjuvant treatments that could improve their surgical outcomes. Adjuvant Therapy and Mesothelioma Survival Adjuvant therapy is a treatment … Continue reading Age May Have Little Impact on Mesothelioma Surgery Outcomes »

New Assessment Identifies People at High Risk for Malignant Mesothelioma

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Scottish researchers say they have come up with a better way to decide which asbestos-exposed people might benefit from mesothelioma screening or even mesothelioma prevention measures. They have developed an assessment tool to gather detailed information from workers about the time, duration, and nature of their asbestos exposure in order to better quantify their mesothelioma risk. “The assessment is based on the tasks carried out … Continue reading New Assessment Identifies People at High Risk for Malignant Mesothelioma »

Mesothelioma Biomarker Test May Be Diagnostic Alternative for Frail Patients

A set of proteins found in the lung fluid of people with malignant pleural mesothelioma may offer a safer way to diagnose the asbestos cancer in frail or elderly patients. Mesothelioma is an extremely difficult cancer to diagnose. Accurate diagnosis usually requires a combination of tests including a physical exam, a thorough work history (including possible asbestos exposure), blood or lung fluid tests, imaging scans, … Continue reading Mesothelioma Biomarker Test May Be Diagnostic Alternative for Frail Patients »

New Chemotherapy Technique Carries Risks for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients

A new way of delivering chemotherapy drugs to the site of a peritoneal mesothelioma tumor has some unique benefits, but can also be risky. The technique, called pressurized intraperitoneal aerosol chemotherapy (PIPAC) allows doctors to “spray” a solution of chemotherapy drugs directly onto peritoneal tumors through small ports in the abdomen. The intention is to uniformly coat the tumor and help keep chemotherapy drugs in … Continue reading New Chemotherapy Technique Carries Risks for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients »

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’ »

New Biomarker Could Help Eradicate Mesothelioma Resistance to Chemotherapy

Researchers in the Netherlands have unveiled what may be a major breakthrough in the chemotherapeutic treatment of malignant mesothelioma. Malignant mesothelioma, a rare and virulent cancer caused by asbestos exposure, is notoriously resistant to standard cancer treatments, including chemotherapy. Even the only chemotherapy drug specifically approved for the treatment of mesothelioma, Alimta (pemetrexed), only works for some patients. Now, a new study published in the … Continue reading New Biomarker Could Help Eradicate Mesothelioma Resistance to Chemotherapy »

Radical Surgery Alone Unlikely to Prolong Mesothelioma Survival

Extrapleural pneumonectomy, the most radical – and risky – type of surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma, is more likely to lead to long term survival when paired with strategic follow-up treatments. That is the conclusion of researchers at Japan’s Kyushu University who conducted a retrospective study of 10 mesothelioma patients who underwent EPP at their institution between 2001 to 2010. EPP Surgery and Mesothelioma Outcomes … Continue reading Radical Surgery Alone Unlikely to Prolong Mesothelioma Survival »

Inflammation Marker May Predict Mesothelioma Prognosis

The ratio of neutrophils to lymphocytes – a way of measuring inflammation in the body of people with malignant pleural mesothelioma – may help doctors predict how well they will respond to treatment. That is the conclusion of mesothelioma researchers at China’s Sichuan University. In a new article in the journal Oncotarget, the team observed that NLR has been associated with survival in other types … Continue reading Inflammation Marker May Predict Mesothelioma Prognosis »

Curcumin Shrinks Aggressive Mesothelioma Tumors in New Study

The bright yellow chemical that gives turmeric its spicy kick has scored yet another win as a possible treatment for malignant mesothelioma. This time, scientists used it on lab rats to successfully shrink one of the most aggressive types of mesothelioma tumors. The plant polyphenol curcumin has been the subject of numerous malignant mesothelioma studies in recent years, in part because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin as … Continue reading Curcumin Shrinks Aggressive Mesothelioma Tumors in New Study »

New Chemotherapy Booster May Extend Mesothelioma Survival

Cancer researchers say the VEGF-inhibitor nintedanib (Ofev) extended mesothelioma survival by more than five months in patients on standard chemotherapy in a new trial. That is among the findings of a recently-published Phase II study of nintedanib as an adjunct therapy to pemetrexed (Alimta) and cisplatin for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Nintedanib Trial Details Nintedanib is currently used to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and some types … Continue reading New Chemotherapy Booster May Extend Mesothelioma Survival »

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