Low-Dose CT Screening May Delay Mesothelioma Deaths

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The results of a long-term national study suggest that low-dose CT screening might prevent – or at least delay – deaths from pleural mesothelioma.  The National Lung Screening Trial included more than 53,000 lung cancer patients. Researchers released the first results in 2011 after more than six years of study. The recent follow-up results reflect more than 12 years of data on low-dose CT screening. They show that, in many cases, screening lung cancer patients for at least three years delayed their deaths for more than a decade.  Pleural Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer Pleural mesothelioma is not the same thing as lung cancer. Mesothelioma starts on the lining around the lungs (pleura), rather than in the lung tissue itself.  But … Continue reading Low-Dose CT Screening May Delay Mesothelioma Deaths »

Study Highlights Link Between Mesothelioma Incidence and Ovarian Cancer

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New research shows ovarian cancer rates are highest in states with the highest mesothelioma incidence. Researchers say it is because both are linked to the carcinogen asbestos. Scientists have known since as early as the 1950s that asbestos causes cancer. Malignant mesothelioma is the cancer most commonly associated with asbestos exposure. But women with a history of asbestos exposure face a higher risk of ovarian cancer, too.  The new CDC study is a reminder that a higher mesothelioma incidence is not the only threat from asbestos. Asbestos and Mesothelioma Incidence Before asbestos was linked to mesothelioma, it was a popular insulator and building product additive. Most US buildings constructed before the 1980s contain some asbestos. The asbestos in these buildings … Continue reading Study Highlights Link Between Mesothelioma Incidence and Ovarian Cancer »

Experimental Mesothelioma Treatment Targets Tumor Growth Compounds

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Hong Kong researchers have released the first results of an experimental mesothelioma treatment they are working on. The treatment targets organic compounds believed to contribute to mesothelioma growth. The trial took place at the University of Hong Kong. Mice with mesothelioma received doses of an enzyme inhibitor called DFMO. The drug appears to stop the production of organic compounds called polyamines. In tests, mice with lower polyamine levels lived longer with pleural mesothelioma. Enzymes Contribute to Tumor Growth The growth and spread of pleural mesothelioma is a complex process. It involves many different proteins and enzymes working together. Scientists have not yet identified all of the compounds that contribute to cancer growth. But the experimental mesothelioma treatment in Hong Kong … Continue reading Experimental Mesothelioma Treatment Targets Tumor Growth Compounds »

Antioxidant Supplements for Mesothelioma Patients Might be Dangerous

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Two separate lung cancer studies suggest that antioxidant supplements for mesothelioma patients may not be advisable.  The studies appear in the most recent issue of the medical journal Cell.  Both focus on the role of antioxidants in the growth and spread of lung cancer. Although mesothelioma is not the same as lung cancer, it affects the same area of the body and shares many of the same characteristics.  The new research suggests that, instead of fighting cancer, antioxidant supplements for mesothelioma patients, might actually help it grow.  Supplements for Cancer Patients Antioxidant vitamins like A, C, and E are plentiful in fruits and vegetables. Many people take antioxidant supplements to make up for a poor diet. These vitamins can help … Continue reading Antioxidant Supplements for Mesothelioma Patients Might be Dangerous »

Eating to Beat Mesothelioma: New Study Sheds Light on Diet/Cancer Link

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A new study on the link between diet and cancer contains important information for patients trying to beat mesothelioma. The study was conducted by researchers at Tufts University and published this week in JNCI Cancer Spectrum. It compares American diets and rates of several kinds of cancer in 2015. The goal was to determine how many cancer cases might be blamed on poor diet. Although the study did not focus on mesothelioma cancer, patients determined to beat mesothelioma would be wise to take note of the findings. Poor Nutrition Can Lead to Cancer The Tufts researchers estimated that more than 80,000 cases of cancer diagnosed in 2015 happened because of suboptimal diet. That is more than 5 percent of all … Continue reading Eating to Beat Mesothelioma: New Study Sheds Light on Diet/Cancer Link »

Flaxseed Compound May Help Prevent Malignant Mesothelioma and Asbestosis

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There is new evidence that a compound found in flaxseeds may help prevent malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. The compound is an anti-inflammatory which appears to calm down the overactive immune system after asbestos exposure in mice. Inflammation has long been considered a key factor in the development of mesothelioma. Scientists are hopeful that preventing it may also prevent malignant mesothelioma. Inflammatory Response to Asbestos Exposure Asbestos is a group of naturally-occuring minerals that cause cancer in people and animals. When a person accidentally breathes in or swallows asbestos fibers, they trigger an inflammatory response that can last for years. White blood cells flock to the area and damaging free radicals are produced. Over time, some cells may become … Continue reading Flaxseed Compound May Help Prevent Malignant Mesothelioma and Asbestosis »

Environmental Group Calls for Oversight of Asbestos in Personal Care Products

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Environmental experts say there’s a need for more oversight of asbestos in personal care products. Asbestos can cause malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and other serious health problems. Although the FDA says it is not allowed in personal care products, several retailers have gotten in trouble recently for traces of asbestos in personal care products. Some face lawsuits. Why is Asbestos in Personal Care Products? Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that is heat resistant, won’t burn, and doesn’t corrode. It is also plentiful and inexpensive. There was a time when dozens of household products, from Christmas decor to hairdryers –  contained asbestos. But after the government learned about the link between asbestos and mesothelioma, they passed strict rules about asbestos … Continue reading Environmental Group Calls for Oversight of Asbestos in Personal Care Products »

Ginsburg’s Recovery Shows Value of Healthy Lifestyle for Mesothelioma Survival

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s successful lung cancer surgery illustrates the value of healthy lifestyle for mesothelioma survival. Although Ginsburg did not have mesothelioma, people battling the asbestos cancer would do well to pay attention. The 85-year-old Supreme Court justice recently had two nodules removed from her left lung. Her lung cancer was in an early stage. Doctors say they were able to remove all signs of cancer and Ginsburg is now recovering at home. Ginsburg’s Regular Exercise Routine Justice Ginsburg has survived cancer twice before. She had colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. In both cases, she bounced back quickly. She did not miss a day on the bench. Ginsburg is known for her healthy lifestyle. She eats … Continue reading Ginsburg’s Recovery Shows Value of Healthy Lifestyle for Mesothelioma Survival »

Shortness of Breath Treatment Can ‘Seed’ New Mesothelioma Tumors

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Mesothelioma patients who get pleural catheters to help with shortness of breath may pay a high price. New research shows about a quarter of them will develop new mesothelioma tumors at the spot where the catheter was placed. In a newly published paper, Canadian researchers say doctors need to consider the possibility of these catheter tract metastases (CTMs) when advising mesothelioma patients. Indwelling Pleural Catheters and Mesothelioma Many mesothelioma patients develop excess fluid around their lungs. This fluid puts pressure on the lungs and makes it hard for patients to get a deep breath. Shortness of breath is a common symptom of pleural mesothelioma. Indwelling pleural catheters (IPCs) can help. An IPC is a little tube inserted into the pleural … Continue reading Shortness of Breath Treatment Can ‘Seed’ New Mesothelioma Tumors »

Inhalable Formula May Be Key to Fighting Mesothelioma with Red Wine

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Scientists may finally have found a way to make a compound in red wine more effective against lung cancers like pleural mesothelioma. Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant compound found in the skin and seeds of grapes and concentrated in red wine, has long been the focus of anti-cancer studies. Multiple laboratory tests have demonstrated that the molecule is damaging to cancer cells. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of resveratrol for people with cancers such as pleural mesothelioma or non-small cell lung cancer has been limited because the compound is eliminated from the body before it has the chance to reach the lungs. Now, researchers at the University of Geneva in Switzerland (UNIGE) believe they may have found a way around the problem. Their … Continue reading Inhalable Formula May Be Key to Fighting Mesothelioma with Red Wine »

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