Bullfrog Eggs May Hold the Secret to Mesothelioma Survival

Researchers in Japan believe they may have discovered a new and more effective drug for the intractable asbestos cancer, malignant pleural mesothelioma – and it comes from an unlikely source. Sialic acid-binding lectin (cSBL) is a protein derived from the eggs of bullfrogs. It has the ability to bind to cell membranes and appears to exhibit antitumor activity through the degradation of RNA. Previous studies have … Continue reading Bullfrog Eggs May Hold the Secret to Mesothelioma Survival »

Predicting Mesothelioma Survival: A New Model

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Could a geometric diagram hold the key to predicting the treatment outcomes of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma? A team of thoracic surgery experts at China’s Fudan University believe the answer is yes. The team has developed such a diagram, called a nomogram, and used it to demonstrate the connection between a list of prognostic factors and actual mesothelioma survival. Predicting Mesothelioma Prognosis The new … Continue reading Predicting Mesothelioma Survival: A New Model »

A New Approach to Reducing Mesothelioma Risk in Asbestos-Exposed People

The Japanese researchers who first suggested that removing iron from the body could help prevent malignant mesothelioma have come up with a way to make the process even easier and safer. In their original 2016 study, scientists at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine induced a pre-mesothelioma state in lab rats by injecting their abdomens with deadly crocidolite asbestos. As predicted, the rats exhibited all … Continue reading A New Approach to Reducing Mesothelioma Risk in Asbestos-Exposed People »

Immune System Changes Could Signal Mesothelioma Risk

The state of an asbestos-exposed person’s immune system might give doctors clues about how likely they are to develop malignant mesothelioma. It’s a fear for any person who has worked around asbestos – that one day they may develop the asbestos-linked cancer, mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma can take decades to develop, causes few symptoms at first, and is extremely hard to treat. Right now, there is … Continue reading Immune System Changes Could Signal Mesothelioma Risk »

Fish and Sunlight May Lower Mesothelioma Risk

Want to lower your risk for malignant mesothelioma and other common cancers? Get more sunlight, eat more fish, and consider Vitamin D supplements. That advice comes from Michael Holick, MD, PhD, a long-time expert in Vitamin D at Boston University and is supported by a growing body of new research. In an article in the Journal of Clinical & Translational Endocrinology, Dr. Holick discusses the … Continue reading Fish and Sunlight May Lower Mesothelioma Risk »

Pleural Catheters May Shorten Hospital Time for Mesothelioma Patients

Mesothelioma patients with a buildup of lung fluid may spend less time in the hospital if they are treated with an indwelling pleural catheter than if they undergo talc pleurodesis. An international team of researchers in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong have just published the results of a two-year clinical trial of 146 pleural mesothelioma patients who were suffering from the symptoms of … Continue reading Pleural Catheters May Shorten Hospital Time for Mesothelioma Patients »

Better Nutrition Could Mean Longer Survival for Elderly Mesothelioma Patients

Could eating better improve elderly patient’s chances of surviving malignant pleural mesothelioma? Another new study suggests that it may. An article in the journal Surgical Oncology found that lung cancer patients who score low on a nutritional status assessment tool called the Geriatric Nutritional Risk Index (GNRI) have worse outcomes after surgery. The GNRI is a simple tool based on weight and levels of the … Continue reading Better Nutrition Could Mean Longer Survival for Elderly Mesothelioma Patients »

More Evidence that Red Wine Compound Could Fight Mesothelioma

There is more evidence that a compound derived from the resveratrol in red wine could have a role to play in the prevention and treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. The chemical, called pterostilbene, is a natural analog of resveratrol, a powerful polyphenol found in red wine and the skin of red grapes. Resveratrol has been studied extensively for its potential to combat treatment-resistant cancers such … Continue reading More Evidence that Red Wine Compound Could Fight Mesothelioma »

BAP1 Test Offers More Accurate Mesothelioma Diagnosis

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A Chinese research study finds that adding a test for expression of the BAP1 tumor-suppressor protein to standard biomarker testing increases the diagnostic accuracy for malignant pleural mesothelioma to 93 percent. Pleural mesothelioma is especially challenging to diagnose and to distinguish from lung cancer. The distinction is important, however, because the two cancers respond differently to different types of drugs. In addition, the earlier malignant … Continue reading BAP1 Test Offers More Accurate Mesothelioma Diagnosis »

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 »

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