Mesothelioma researchers are calling for more study of compounds extracted from European mistletoe after a German pleural mesothelioma patient survived for more than four years with no other treatment. Pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Although many different types of new mesothelioma treatments are under investigation, there is no cure. An Alternative Mesothelioma Treatment? Most mesothelioma patients receive some combination … Continue reading Long-Term Mesothelioma Survival with Mistletoe Extract
A team of Egyptian researchers is calling on mesothelioma doctors and patients to rethink their approach to treating this aggressive, asbestos-linked cancer. Scientists with Ain Shams University in Cairo conducted a review of studies on radical multi-modality approaches to malignant mesothelioma treatment and concluded that, despite what some other studies seem to suggest, this may not always be the best approach. What Are Radical Multi-Modal … Continue reading Radical Multi-Modal Mesothelioma Treatment: Is it Worth It?
Italian researchers have released a controversial report suggesting that, despite the fact that tanning beds have been associated with an increased risk of skin cancer, they might actually reduce the risk of other cancers such as malignant mesothelioma. In an article in the journal Advances in Clinical Chemistry, researchers from the University of Verona and the Academic Hospital of Parma are calling for large, randomized … Continue reading Could Tanning Beds Help Prevent Mesothelioma?
Keeping up with rewarding activities may be one way that mesothelioma patients can keep themselves emotionally healthy during cancer treatment. A new study from Spain’s University of Oviedo finds that lung and breast cancer patients who stayed engaged in their favorite activities fared better emotionally and socially than patients who abandoned theirs. Emotional Stress of Mesothelioma Diagnosis Receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma or another type … Continue reading Staying Active May Help Mesothelioma Patients Manage Stress
For people with malignant pleural mesothelioma, surgery often offers the best odds of survival. But surgery can also come at a heavy cost in terms of pain, post-surgical side effects, and quality of life. Even lung-sparing pleurectomy with decortication, the least radical of the two major types of mesothelioma surgery, can cause life-threatening complications. But a new Italian study suggests that it may be possible … Continue reading Modified Surgical Approach May Boost Pleural Mesothelioma Survival
There is new evidence that lung cancer patients who receive training in mindfulness can dramatically lower their feelings of stress and anxiety. Lung-related cancers like pleural mesothelioma and non-small cell lung cancer have been shown to produce some of the highest levels of anxiety of any cancer. Although there are differences between the asbestos cancer malignant mesothelioma and other types of lung cancer, both malignancies tend … Continue reading Mindfulness May Help Mesothelioma Patients Cope
Earlier diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma may be just a breath away. A new Belgian study shows that two kinds of breath-analyzing tests may finally offer an accurate way to screen for the deadly asbestos cancer. An accurate screening tool could lead to earlier mesothelioma diagnosis, earlier intervention, and, potentially, better treatment outcomes. Pleural mesothelioma is an extremely rare but aggressive cancer caused almost exclusively … Continue reading Breath Test May Finally Offer a Way to Screen for Pleural Mesothelioma
When it comes to communicating with malignant mesothelioma patients and their families, a longitudinal approach where patients are followed throughout their cancer journey may be most effective. That is the suggestion of a lung cancer communication study newly published in the European Journal of Cancer Care. Researchers at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the University of Utah Population Health Sciences Department conducted interviews … Continue reading Improving Communication for Mesothelioma Patients and Providers
Irradiating the sites where mesothelioma treatments are performed as a way to prevent new tumors is “effective, well tolerated, simple, fast and cost effective”. According to French researchers this prophylactic radiotherapy has the potential to extend mesothelioma survival with few downsides. Malignant Mesothelioma Can Spread After Intervention A number of mesothelioma treatments involve the insertion of some kind of instrument into the tumor site. In … Continue reading Prophylactic Radiotherapy May Prevent Spread of Pleural Mesothelioma
Treating malignant pleural mesothelioma patients with high doses of targeted radiotherapy after surgery or biopsy may significantly extend their lives. That’s the message from a multi-center mesothelioma study conducted in Italy and recently published in a French medical journal. Mesothelioma Treatment with Radiotherapy Scientists analyzed the cases of 36 malignant pleural mesothelioma patients diagnosed between 2009 and 2012. Nineteen of the patients were treated with … Continue reading High Dose Radiotherapy Improves Mesothelioma Survival in New Study