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Searching for New Mesothelioma Drugs Among African Plants

Doctors in Cameroon and Turkey say two types of African plants deserve more study as potential treatments for malignant mesothelioma and other intractable cancers. The plants, including Elephantopus mollis,, Kalanchoe crenata, and four other medicinal plants, contain compounds that triggered cell death when tested on mesothelioma cells in the laboratory. At present, there is no cure for mesothelioma and no drugs that consistently slow its … Continue reading Searching for New Mesothelioma Drugs Among African Plants »

African Plants May Offer New Ways to Treat Mesothelioma

Could compounds found in African plants hold the key to fighting intractable malignant mesothelioma? That is the suggestion of a new study conducted by an international team of researchers including scientists in Cameroon and Kenya. The study published in a recent issue of BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology, focused on naturally occurring quinones, organic compounds found in bacteria, certain fungi, and in various plants, including some … Continue reading African Plants May Offer New Ways to Treat Mesothelioma »

The Link Between Malignant Mesothelioma and Other Cancers

If you have malignant mesothelioma, evidence suggests that you have a higher-than-normal risk of also developing another type of cancer, either before or after your mesothelioma diagnosis. The research was carried out by a team of international scientists who examined the cases of more than 5,000 mesothelioma patients around the world. Second Primary Cancers After Mesothelioma In the first study of both secondary cancers after … Continue reading The Link Between Malignant Mesothelioma and Other Cancers »

Clinical Trial May be Best Second-Line Approach for Mesothelioma

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The best second-line treatment for mesothelioma patients who fail to respond to standard chemotherapy is probably to enroll in a clinical trial. The authors of a newly-published paper on the subject reached that conclusion after reviewing the results of 29 studies on potential second- or third-line mesothelioma treatments. Most patients who are diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive malignancy associated with asbestos exposure, will undergo chemotherapy, … Continue reading Clinical Trial May be Best Second-Line Approach for Mesothelioma »

New Study Helps Explain How Asbestos Leads to Mesothelioma

New research suggests that tiny proteins called cytokines may be to blame for much of the destruction caused by asbestos in the body. Asbestos is the top cause worldwide of malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare but difficult-to-treat cancer that often kills patients within a year of diagnosis. When they are inhaled, asbestos fibers lodge in the lugs triggering irritation and inflammation that eventually causes cells … Continue reading New Study Helps Explain How Asbestos Leads to Mesothelioma »

Italian Report Details “Global Mesothelioma Epidemic”

Two Italian researchers say mesothelioma has reached epidemic proportions in some parts of the world and does not appear to be slowing down any time soon. In a new report in the Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Claudio and Tommaso Bianchi of the Center for the Study of Environmental Cancer in Monfalcone, Italy analyzed data from cancer registries around the world. They supplemented … Continue reading Italian Report Details “Global Mesothelioma Epidemic” »

Brief, Indirect Exposure Leads to Mesothelioma in Young Woman

A new report contains some disturbing news about just how little asbestos exposure it may take to cause malignant mesothelioma. Radiologists in New Delhi, India have published details of a case of mesothelioma in a young woman who experienced only very limited asbestos exposure as a child. According to the article in the Journal of Clinical Imaging Science, the young woman was diagnosed with malignant … Continue reading Brief, Indirect Exposure Leads to Mesothelioma in Young Woman »

Studies Highlight Global Mesothelioma and Asbestos Problem

Two new reports highlight the fact thatmesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are global issues. Reporting in a recent issue of Global Health Action, scientists from South Africa’s National Institute for Occupational Health and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg say the country is facing an epidemic of environmentally-linked asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma because of abandoned asbestos mines. The same report also found that many of these … Continue reading Studies Highlight Global Mesothelioma and Asbestos Problem »

Pakistan May Ban Asbestos to Reduce Mesothelioma

Pakistan may be on the brink of banning the leading cause of mesothelioma. The mineral asbestos, used for decades in various industries, is believed to be responsible for nearly all cases of mesothelioma, an intractable cancer of the linings around organs. Now, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Resource Development in Pakistan is recommending that the use and importation of asbestos be permanently banned in … Continue reading Pakistan May Ban Asbestos to Reduce Mesothelioma »

Mesothelioma Not Enough to Blacklist Asbestos

The 141 member nations of the international Rotterdam Convention have once again failed to add asbestos to their list of banned chemicals, much to the disappointment of mesothelioma patients, doctors and researchers worldwide. Asbestos has long been linked to the deadly cancer mesothelioma. It causes an estimated 2,500 new cases of mesothelioma in the U.S. each year and tens of thousands of cases elsewhere in the world.  … Continue reading Mesothelioma Not Enough to Blacklist Asbestos »

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