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Mesothelioma Diagnosis: Fluid Cytology Versus Biopsy

A mesothelioma diagnosis using pleural fluid is just as reliable at predicting survival as a diagnosis based on a tissue sample. That conclusion, published in a recent issue of the British Journal of Cancer, is based on an analysis of more than 2,000 cases of malignant mesothelioma over 42 years. Researchers from the University of Western Australia and Curtin University in Perth compared the survival … Continue reading Mesothelioma Diagnosis: Fluid Cytology Versus Biopsy »

The Surprise Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Mesothelioma Survival

New research suggests that the socioeconomic status of some mesothelioma patients may have a greater influence on survival than how close they live to high-level cancer care. Researchers in Australia, a country with a long history of asbestos use and a high per capita incidence of malignant mesothelioma, assessed the cases of more than 900 pleural mesothelioma patients listed in the New South Wales Cancer Registry. … Continue reading The Surprise Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Mesothelioma Survival »

Lung Disease Stigma May Impact Mesothelioma Outcomes

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Patients with non-communicable respiratory diseases (NCRDs) such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asthma may feel stigmatized by their illness and those feelings can impact their clinical outcomes. That is the message of a report from researchers in New South Wales, Australia, a country with one of the highest per capita rates of malignant mesothelioma in the world. Experts in public health and behavioral science at … Continue reading Lung Disease Stigma May Impact Mesothelioma Outcomes »

New Insights Into Mesothelioma Risk Among Brake Mechanics

The risk of mesothelioma among automobile brake mechanics may be higher than many in the industry even realize due, in part, to flawed research. A pair of researchers from Harvard and Brown Universities allege that a 2007 report deliberately manipulated asbestos exposure data to cast doubt about the relationship between malignant mesothelioma and brake work. The report in question, an Australian study published in the … Continue reading New Insights Into Mesothelioma Risk Among Brake Mechanics »

Mesothelioma Tumor Growth Discovery May Open Door to Novel Treatments

New research suggests that mesothelioma cells have the ability to form their own new blood vessels, potentially feeding the asbestos cancer’s aggressive growth. The news could lead to new treatments that specifically target this unique ability. Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelial linings around the lungs, heart or abdomen. It is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos and is considered one of … Continue reading Mesothelioma Tumor Growth Discovery May Open Door to Novel Treatments »

International Team Identifies Potential New Mesothelioma Biomarker

A team of international researchers say they have identified a promising new biomarker for malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare but deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. A biomarker is a compound found in the tissue, blood or other body fluid that is produced in higher amounts when disease is present. In the case of a new report presented at the annual International Association for … Continue reading International Team Identifies Potential New Mesothelioma Biomarker »

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 »

Electronic Support for Mesothelioma Cancer Patients: Does it Help?

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Researchers in Australia suspect that online and telephone support services have the potential to improve outcomes for mesothelioma patients and they’ve just announced a first-of-its-kind study to test the theory. Patients and families who receive a devastating diagnosis like malignant mesothelioma typically have many questions, in addition to emotional and practical issues, and support services can be an invaluable resource for them. Unfortunately, not every … Continue reading Electronic Support for Mesothelioma Cancer Patients: Does it Help? »

Asbestos Insulation May Account for Mesothelioma Surge in Australia’s Capital

The rates of malignant mesothelioma appear to be rising faster in the region around Australia’s capital city than they are in the rest of country and researchers believe that loose-fill asbestos insulation may be to blame. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) comprises the capital, Canberra, and the surrounding area. The findings on mesothelioma rates in the region are part of a  newly released study conducted … Continue reading Asbestos Insulation May Account for Mesothelioma Surge in Australia’s Capital »

Pleural Fluid May Help Mesothelioma Grow and Spread

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The excess lung fluid that is behind one of the most bothersome mesothelioma symptoms may be more than just a side effect;  it may actually contribute to the growth and spread of malignant mesothelioma. More than 90 percent of mesothelioma patients will experience pleural effusion, a buildup of fluid in the space around the lungs. As fluid fills the pleural space, many patients develop shortness … Continue reading Pleural Fluid May Help Mesothelioma Grow and Spread »

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