Predicting Mesothelioma Survival: A New Model

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Could a geometric diagram hold the key to predicting the treatment outcomes of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma? A team of thoracic surgery experts at China’s Fudan University believe the answer is yes. The team has developed such a diagram, called a nomogram, and used it to demonstrate the connection between a list of prognostic factors and actual mesothelioma survival. Predicting Mesothelioma Prognosis The new … Continue reading Predicting Mesothelioma Survival: A New Model »

Six Resolutions Mesothelioma Patients Should Make in 2018

The New Year is often a time to set new goals and make plans. While it is important for mesothelioma patients and their families to fully embrace the present, there are also some goals worth setting, even if the prognosis seems grim. The following six New Year’s resolutions can help ensure the best possible quality of life and treatment outcomes for people battling malignant mesothelioma … Continue reading Six Resolutions Mesothelioma Patients Should Make in 2018 »

CRS/HIPEC May Extend Survival in Rare Form of Peritoneal Mesothelioma

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There has been an exciting new development in the treatment of one of the most aggressive forms of peritoneal mesothelioma. Biphasic mesothelioma is a variant of malignant mesothelioma that is even less responsive to standard cancer treatments than the more common epithelioid subtype. Many studies of peritoneal mesothelioma treatment have focused on people with the epithelioid form of the asbestos cancer, but much less is … Continue reading CRS/HIPEC May Extend Survival in Rare Form of Peritoneal Mesothelioma »

Protein May Help Predict Complications After Peritoneal Mesothelioma Surgery

Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center say they may have found a way to help predict which peritoneal mesothelioma patients are most likely to develop complications after cytoreductive surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Cytoreductive surgery to remove as much of a mesothelioma tumor as possible, followed by a rinse of heated chemotherapy drugs in the abdomen is known as CRS + HIPEC. It has become a … Continue reading Protein May Help Predict Complications After Peritoneal Mesothelioma Surgery »

Better Nutrition Could Mean Longer Survival for Elderly Mesothelioma Patients

Could eating better improve elderly patient’s chances of surviving malignant pleural mesothelioma? Another new study suggests that it may. An article in the journal Surgical Oncology found that lung cancer patients who score low on a nutritional status assessment tool called the Geriatric Nutritional Risk Index (GNRI) have worse outcomes after surgery. The GNRI is a simple tool based on weight and levels of the … Continue reading Better Nutrition Could Mean Longer Survival for Elderly Mesothelioma Patients »

Age May Have Little Impact on Mesothelioma Surgery Outcomes

Being older does not necessarily reduce a patient’s odds of benefiting from mesothelioma surgery. That is the good news from a study conducted by mesothelioma experts at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, England. The bad news is that too many elderly mesothelioma patients are not being referred for adjuvant treatments that could improve their surgical outcomes. Adjuvant Therapy and Mesothelioma Survival Adjuvant therapy is a treatment … Continue reading Age May Have Little Impact on Mesothelioma Surgery Outcomes »

New Biomarker Could Help Eradicate Mesothelioma Resistance to Chemotherapy

Researchers in the Netherlands have unveiled what may be a major breakthrough in the chemotherapeutic treatment of malignant mesothelioma. Malignant mesothelioma, a rare and virulent cancer caused by asbestos exposure, is notoriously resistant to standard cancer treatments, including chemotherapy. Even the only chemotherapy drug specifically approved for the treatment of mesothelioma, Alimta (pemetrexed), only works for some patients. Now, a new study published in the … Continue reading New Biomarker Could Help Eradicate Mesothelioma Resistance to Chemotherapy »

Sickest Mesothelioma Patients May Benefit Most from P/D Surgery

Patients with the worst cases of malignant pleural mesothelioma may stand to gain the most from pleurectomy and decortication (P/D) surgery. That is the conclusion of researchers at the University of Chicago and Loyola University who subjected 114 mesothelioma patients to a quality of life and overall health scoring system both before and after P/D surgery.   Considering Mesothelioma Surgery The decision on whether or … Continue reading Sickest Mesothelioma Patients May Benefit Most from P/D Surgery »

Inflammation Marker May Predict Mesothelioma Prognosis

The ratio of neutrophils to lymphocytes – a way of measuring inflammation in the body of people with malignant pleural mesothelioma – may help doctors predict how well they will respond to treatment. That is the conclusion of mesothelioma researchers at China’s Sichuan University. In a new article in the journal Oncotarget, the team observed that NLR has been associated with survival in other types … Continue reading Inflammation Marker May Predict Mesothelioma Prognosis »

New Research Finds Little Survival Difference Between Mesothelioma Surgeries

The largest analysis of mesothelioma surgery ever done finds little survival difference between lung-sparing and lung-removing surgeries. A team of top mesothelioma oncologists and surgeons at three US Universities analyzed the cases of 1,307 malignant mesothelioma patients from the National Cancer Database (NCDB), a joint project of the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society. After using a series of statistical tools to … Continue reading New Research Finds Little Survival Difference Between Mesothelioma Surgeries »

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