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 »

Asbestos-Related T-Cell Changes Help Explain Mesothelioma Development

Researchers in Japan have taken another step toward understanding how asbestos causes malignant mesothelioma. Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers is the leading cause of malignant mesothelioma worldwide, but scientists are still unclear on exactly what makes healthy mesothelial cells in the membranes around organs give rise to mesothelioma tumors. Now, scientists at Kawasaki Medical School and Okayama University in Okayama say continuous exposure to asbestos … Continue reading Asbestos-Related T-Cell Changes Help Explain Mesothelioma Development »

Platelet Count May be an Effective Tool for Mesothelioma Prognosis

A high platelet count may not bode well for people battling malignant pleural mesothelioma. New evidence suggests that people who have a high concentration of platelets in their blood prior to the start of mesothelioma treatment have shorter overall survival than those with normal platelet counts. The news comes from a Chinese meta-analysis including more than 3,600 mesothelioma patients. Platelets and Health Smaller than either … Continue reading Platelet Count May be an Effective Tool for Mesothelioma Prognosis »

Novel Treatment for Malignant Mesothelioma with Cholesterol Drugs

There is new evidence that a class of medicines normally used to reduce high cholesterol may have a role to play in the fight against malignant pleural mesothelioma. A new study conducted by researchers at Nagoya University in Japan suggests that mesothelioma cells with a certain kind of genetic mutation may be susceptible to treatment with a statin drug. What are Statin Drugs? Statin drugs … Continue reading Novel Treatment for Malignant Mesothelioma with Cholesterol Drugs »