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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 »

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 »

Mesothelioma Patients May Need Special Help After Surgery

Pleural mesothelioma patients who undergo pleurectomy/decortication (P/D) surgery may need customized rehabilitation strategies to help restore their quality of life. That is the finding of a Japanese study conducted by rehabilitation experts at the Hyogo College of Medicine. In a study of malignant pleural mesothelioma patients, the team found that, after P/D, many measures of physical strength and vitality decreased, along with their health-related quality … Continue reading Mesothelioma Patients May Need Special Help After Surgery »

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 »

Novel Technique Controls Pleural Effusion in Mesothelioma Patients

Japanese researchers have come up with a new method of controlling one of the most bothersome and life-limiting symptoms of late stage malignant mesothelioma – a buildup of fluid around the lungs called malignant pleural effusion. When fluid collects in the space between the layers of the pleural membrane around the lungs, it becomes more difficult for the lungs to expand properly. At this stage, … Continue reading Novel Technique Controls Pleural Effusion in Mesothelioma Patients »

Compound in Pacific Sea Squirt Kills Mesothelioma Cells

There is new evidence that compounds isolated from a sea squirt found in the waters off of the Indonesian coast may hold the key to fighting mesothelioma and several other malignancies. The potential anticancer and antimicrobial properties are found in polysulfur aromatic alkaloids found in a Pacific sea squirt whose scientific name is Lissoclinum badium. In a new article in the Journal of Natural Products, … Continue reading Compound in Pacific Sea Squirt Kills Mesothelioma Cells »

Mesothelioma Patients See Long-Term Survival with EPP and IMRT

Radical surgery and intensity modulated radiotherapy may lead to long-term survival for select pleural mesothelioma patients, but at what cost? That is the finding, and the question, raised by cancer researchers at Japan’s Kyoto University in a recent article published in the Swedish medical journal, Acta Oncologica. In their study of 21 pleural mesothelioma patients, intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) after EPP surgery produced an overall … Continue reading Mesothelioma Patients See Long-Term Survival with EPP and IMRT »

Predicting Mesothelioma Prognosis with PET/CT

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There is new evidence that the rate at which mesothelioma tumors metabolize glucose could provide significant prognostic information for mesothelioma patients and their doctors. Pleural mesothelioma is an especially fast-growing asbestos-linked malignancy. It typically carries a grim prognosis but several factors can impact mesothelioma survival, including tumor characteristics that can only be measured using advanced PET/CT imaging. Now, researchers in Japan say one of those … Continue reading Predicting Mesothelioma Prognosis with PET/CT »

Blood Test Could Aid in Mesothelioma Treatment Planning

Mesothelioma patients with elevated levels of a particular enzyme in their blood prior to the start of mesothelioma treatment may not live as long as those with lower levels. Afters years of mixed messages from researchers on this topic, scientists in China believe they have finally confirmed the value of the enzyme lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) as a prognostic factor in malignant pleural mesothelioma. LDH has been … Continue reading Blood Test Could Aid in Mesothelioma Treatment Planning »

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