Best Services to Quit Smoking for Mesothelioma Patients

Best Services to Quit Smoking for Mesothelioma Patients

A new study shows that a multifaceted approach to quitting smoking can help patients diagnosed with cancer. One rare type of cancer is mesothelioma. This cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos. It occurs in the lining of different parts of your body, usually in the abdomen or the lungs. Mesothelioma often takes decades to develop after being exposed to asbestos. The symptoms can be hard to diagnose because they look like other, more common diseases. This makes treating mesothelioma more difficult, too. The cancer has more time to spread while doctors are struggling to make a diagnosis. There are other factors that make cancers like mesothelioma difficult to treat. Smoking after a cancer diagnosis can lead to worse survival … Continue reading Best Services to Quit Smoking for Mesothelioma Patients »

New Mesothelioma Tool for Better Treatment and Prognosis

New Mesothelioma Tool for Better Treatment and Prognosis

Researchers from China have come up with a tool to check prognosis in mesothelioma patients depending on where the cancer is located. Mesothelioma develops in the lining that covers many of the internal organs in you body. It is caused by exposure to asbestos. There are different types of mesothelioma depending on where it develops. Pleural mesothelioma grows in the lining of your lungs and chest wall. Peritoneal mesothelioma grows in the lining of your abdomen. Mesothelioma can also occur in the testis or around the heart. The location where mesothelioma grows can have a big impact on diagnosis. It also affects how well you respond to treatment. When it takes longer to make an accurate diagnosis, the disease has … Continue reading New Mesothelioma Tool for Better Treatment and Prognosis »

Caregiver Burden with Mesothelioma: Social Support and Family Resilience

Caregiver Burden with Mesothelioma: Social Support and Family Resilience

A new study found that older or spousal caregivers of patients with lung cancer are more likely to suffer from caregiver burden. This discovery was made by researchers in China. Their goal was to find factors related to caregiver burden in lung cancer families. They also wanted to find out if family resilience can improve caregiver burden. Taking Care of a Loved One Malignant mesothelioma is a highly lethal type of membrane cancer. Most mesothelioma patients lived or worked around asbestos. When mesothelioma occurs in the lungs, it is called malignant pleural mesothelioma. There are approximately 2,000 cases of mesothelioma in the United States every year. People with mesothelioma might start to feel shortness of breath, chest pain, and weight … Continue reading Caregiver Burden with Mesothelioma: Social Support and Family Resilience »

Marital Status Effects Mesothelioma Outcomes

Marital Status Effects Mesothelioma Outcomes

Being married may be a factor in positive mesothelioma outcomes. This is the finding of a study by researchers from a Chinese university published last October. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. There are about 2,000 cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in the United States every year. The global occurrence of mesothelioma has increased at a steady pace in recent years. Mesothelioma usually has a poor prognosis. This is because symptoms don’t begin to appear until the cancer has become difficult to treat. Some factors that affect prognosis are patient health, the type of treatment, and the type of mesothelioma. Married Mesothelioma Patients Have Lower Risk of Death In other cancers, marital status can affect the outcomes … Continue reading Marital Status Effects Mesothelioma Outcomes »

30 Years of Global Rise in Mesothelioma Cases

30 Years of Global Rise in Mesothelioma Cases

A new study has found that the rate of mesothelioma cases around the world has continued to increase over the past 30 years. The study was published in Critical Reviews in Oncology and Hematology. The study researchers summarized the most recent worldwide patterns in mesothelioma burden. It is the most recent and thorough study on the annual incidence, mortality, and loss of lifespan for mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found throughout the world and is toxic to humans. Many countries have banned or tried to limit the use of asbestos. Unfortunately, asbestos is still used in many places around the world. It … Continue reading 30 Years of Global Rise in Mesothelioma Cases »

Balancing Work and Mesothelioma Cancer Care

Challenges Balancing Work and Mesothelioma Cancer Care

A new study from Baylor College of Medicine gives a recipe to support cancer caregivers. Caregiving for a family member or close friend with cancer can be hard. And it can be even more demanding for those who are employed. It is difficult to juggle work responsibilities while providing mesothelioma care. A new article in the Cancers journal highlights resources to support these caregivers. They describe the financial, work, and mental health impacts of cancer care. They provide tips for employers, healthcare, and community-based organizations to support these caregivers. The Experience of Employed Cancer Caregivers Individuals with mesothelioma most usually rely on their informal caregivers. Informal caregivers are usually the patient’s spouse or partner, a family member, or a close friend. … Continue reading Balancing Work and Mesothelioma Cancer Care »

New Clinical Tips for a Definitive Mesothelioma Diagnosis

New Clinical Tips for a Definitive Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Researchers at Ohio State University published new tips for a definitive mesothelioma diagnosis. The team says three different tools are important for getting the right answer. One of the biggest challenges with mesothelioma is just getting a definitive diagnosis. Mesothelioma is closely associated with asbestos. But symptoms may not show up until decades after the exposure. This makes it difficult to link the cause and effect. When symptoms such occur, they are often attributed to other, less serious causes. But a recent article in Diagnostic Cytopathology focuses on promising new diagnostic tips. Tips on Using 3 Different Diagnostic Tools Together For this case study, a single 63-year-old patient was used as an example. The team used a combination of tools … Continue reading New Clinical Tips for a Definitive Mesothelioma Diagnosis »

Latest Classification Updates for Mesothelioma In Situ

Classification Updates for Mesothelioma In Situ

There are new guidelines on the diagnosis and classification of mesothelioma in situ. A new article in the Journal of Cancer Metastasis and Treatment talks about why these updates are important. The latest updates were first published by the World Health Organization (WHO). The previous WHO classification of pleural mesothelioma included three histological subtypes. But WHO recently recognized mesothelioma in situ as a fourth mesothelioma subtype. Pathologists can tell the difference between the subtypes by looking at the cells under a microscope. Each subtype has a slightly different cell shape, growth pattern, and nuclear characteristics. The fourth mesothelioma subtype is a very early form of mesothelioma. Previous studies suggest that it may be an early sign of mesothelioma. If patients … Continue reading Latest Classification Updates for Mesothelioma In Situ »

High-Resolution Imaging for Mesothelioma Staging and Diagnosis

High-Resolution Imaging for Mesothelioma Staging and Diagnosis

High-resolution imaging is one of the most important tools for a clinician. A new report in the AME Surgical Journal shows the importance of better clinical imaging. It is key for accurate diagnosis and staging of malignant mesothelioma. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a complex disease. Mesothelioma diagnosis and accurate staging are often difficult to pin down. And the diagnosis is further complicated by different disease subtypes. Higher resolution diagnostic imaging plays an important role in diagnosis and staging. It shows tumor thickness or volumetric data. Future updates to the cancer staging system may use clinical imaging benchmarks. Importance and Use of Clinical Imaging Mesothelioma causes significant morbidity and mortality. And it remains a challenging disease to diagnose and stage accurately. … Continue reading High-Resolution Imaging for Mesothelioma Staging and Diagnosis »

Improving the Health and Lifestyle of Mesothelioma Patients

Improving the Health and Lifestyle of Mesothelioma Patients

Mesothelioma patients often have bad health outcomes and poor health-related quality of life. Common symptoms reported by mesothelioma patients are appetite loss and weight loss. Poor nutrition and low body mass index are also common. Most mesothelioma patients would welcome exercise and nutrition advice. This advice might help them cope with their cancer, and its symptoms, better. But there are barriers to getting this kind of information into the hands of people who need it. A clinical team from North Tyneside Hospital in the United Kingdom is looking into this. They have a new study called Help-Meso: Health and Lifestyle of Patients with Mesothelioma. Patients, caregivers, and health professionals will take part in the study. Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma and … Continue reading Improving the Health and Lifestyle of Mesothelioma Patients »

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