Japanese researchers have introduced a new approach to mesothelioma staging. The new system may make it easier to plan treatment and predict mesothelioma prognosis. Tumor staging is a system for measuring how far cancer has spread in the body. It is based on what doctors know about how cancer develops and grows. The more places mesothelioma cells are, the more difficult the case is to treat. The TNM Staging System is the most widely used system for mesothelioma staging. The American Joint Committee on Cancer established the system. In the TNM system, T stands for the size of the primary mesothelioma tumor. N stands for the spread of cancer to the lymph nodes. M is about cancer spread to other … Continue reading Mesothelioma Staging May be Easier with New Approach
Hong Kong researchers may have found a way to get around one of the biggest challenges of virotherapy for mesothelioma. Virotherapy uses a modified virus to deliver medicine or genetic information into the body. Modified viruses are useful because they can be “programmed” to seek out cancer cells. But modified viruses do not always behave the way scientists hope they will. One problem with some virotherapy for mesothelioma is that it can block the natural immune response. The body naturally fights malignant mesothelioma by releasing white blood cells called CTLs (T lymphocytes). But MVTT virotherapy can prevent the release of CTLs, even while it attacks the tumor. “Although MVTT [a type of virotherapy] leads to regression of established mesothelioma dose-dependently, … Continue reading Virotherapy for Mesothelioma Can Be More Effective
A discovery in Japan could lead to a more effective mesothelioma blood test for mesothelioma diagnosis. Japanese scientists say they have found a better way to detect mesothelioma cells in the blood. The scientists are experts in occupational health. Malignant mesothelioma is an occupational cancer because people can get it from working near asbestos. Mesothelioma diagnosis is challenging. But a powerful mesothelioma blood test could make it easier to find the asbestos cancer earlier. Treatment often works better when patients start it earlier. Circulating Tumor Cells in the Blood of Mesothelioma Patients No matter what kind of cancer a person has, their tumor releases some cells into the blood. Mesothelioma tumors are no exception. These circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are … Continue reading Japanese Discovery Could Lead to New Mesothelioma Blood Test
An investigational drug being developed in China may offer a third lifeline to mesothelioma patients whose cancer does not respond to other chemotherapy drugs. Apatinib, also called YN968D1, is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that is thought to help prevent the formation of blood vessels that mesothelioma tumors need to grow and spread. Right now, there is no approved second-line treatment for pleural mesothelioma, let alone a third-line treatment. Chinese researchers at 363 Hospital in Cheng Du — along with mesothelioma patients around the world — are hoping that apatinib will change that. Mesothelioma Case Study The researchers are hanging their hopes on the case of a 58-year old woman who showed up at their hospital complaining that she had had … Continue reading When Chemotherapy Fails: Apatinib May Offer Third-Line Option for Mesothelioma Patients
Yet another scientific study appears to confirm the power of the spice-derived compound curcumin as a weapon against malignant pleural mesothelioma. The Chinese researchers who conducted the latest study say the substance has the potential to be the basis of a whole new way of treating this aggressive asbestos cancer. This team tested curcumin on a line of mouse mesothelioma cells, both in the lab and in live animals, and published their promising results in the prestigious International Journal of Oncology. Curcumin’s Impact on Mesothelioma Cells Curumin is a primary chemical in turmeric, responsible for the root’s spicy flavor and characteristic yellow hue. If turmeric does, in fact, help fight cancer, as so many health food stores and supplement makers … Continue reading Is it Time for a Curcumin-Based Mesothelioma Treatment?
A procedure normally used to help alleviate pain has been used to successfully stop a case of recurrent malignant pleural mesothelioma in Japan. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses electrical energy delivered through a thin, hollow needle to heat and destroy cancer cells. Most of the time, this technology is used to destroy small tumors or a treat small area of cancer to alleviate symptoms such as pain or discomfort. But thoracic surgeons at the Hyogo College of Medicine in Hyogo, Japan say their new case study suggests that the procedure should also be considered as a definitive treatment — especially for mesothelioma patients for whom surgery is not a viable option. Complex Mesothelioma Case Drives RFA Decision In a new report … Continue reading Radiofrequency Ablation for Recurrent Mesothelioma: A New Treatment Option?
Mesothelioma patients now have a high-tech new way to connect with cutting edge mesothelioma treatments around the world – for a price. A pair of Harvard-trained oncologists have just rolled out a new app that promises to connect people who have cancers like pleural mesothelioma with treatments and clinical trials that even their physicians may not be aware of. The app, called Driver, is being rolled out this week in the US and China in the wake of a trial run with a hundred people over the past year. How Might Driver Help Mesothelioma Patients? One of the biggest obstacles faced by patients diagnosed with rare cancers like pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma is getting the most up-tp-date information about potential … Continue reading Mobile App Could Help Mesothelioma Patients Find New Treatments
South Korean researchers have uncovered a clue that might help explain why mesothelioma tumors are so aggressive — and what can be done to counter that aggression. The new study centers on hypoxia, a deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching the tissues. It is a hallmark of many types of solid tumors and it turns out that malignant mesothelioma tumors are no exception. Patients with these hypoxic tumors tend to worsen quickly, be less responsive to treatment, and end up with poor outcomes. The Effect of Oxygen on Malignant Mesothelioma Scientists in the Laboratory of Clinical Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University are trying to better understand how hypoxia effects human malignant mesothelioma cells and exactly what … Continue reading Mesothelioma Tumors Thrive in Low Oxygen Environment
Japanese pathologists have a new theory that may lead to earlier detection and better outcomes for people with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Researchers led by the International University of Health and Welfare in Tokyo say exposure to asbestos appears to shorten the telomeres that protect the ends of DNA strands. The discovery could give doctors another way to diagnose malignant mesothelioma in time to implement more effective treatments. What are Telomeres? Telomeres are the caps on the end of each strand of DNA. According to Telomere Activation Sciences, telomeres function like the plastic tips on the ends of shoelaces. Like those tips, telomeres help protect chromosomes from becoming frayed and damaged. When DNA is damaged, normal cellular processes are disrupted and … Continue reading Telomere Length May Be Key to Earlier Detection of Pleural Mesothelioma
There is new evidence that low doses of the drug Opdivo (nivolumab) may extend lung cancer survival as well as the standard dose—at a much lower cost. The news may have implications for people with the lung-related asbestos cancer, malignant mesothelioma, who are also sometimes treated with Opdivo. Pleural mesothelioma is a hard-to-treat cancer that grows on the lining around the lungs and causes many of the same symptoms as lung cancer. Some evidence has suggested that Opdivo, an immunotherapy drug already approved for the treatment of recurrent lung cancer, may soon become the first drug approved for recurrent mesothelioma, too. Now, a newly-published Korean study finds that patients may not need as much of the drug as originally thought … Continue reading Opdivo for Malignant Mesothelioma: Could a Lower Dose Work?