There has been another win for one of the most promising new drugs for mesothelioma, the immunotherapy drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab). The makers of Keytruda today announced that, when combined with the mesothelioma drug Alimta (pemetrexed) and the platinum-based drug cisplatin, it significantly extended the survival of lung cancer patients. According to Bloomberg, the news will likely make Keytruda an even more popular choice among immunotherapy … Continue reading Another Win for Mesothelioma Immunotherapy Drug Keytruda
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?
Researchers in Japan believe they may have discovered a new and more effective drug for the intractable asbestos cancer, malignant pleural mesothelioma – and it comes from an unlikely source. Sialic acid-binding lectin (cSBL) is a protein derived from the eggs of bullfrogs. It has the ability to bind to cell membranes and appears to exhibit antitumor activity through the degradation of RNA. Previous studies have … Continue reading Bullfrog Eggs May Hold the Secret to Mesothelioma Survival
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
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
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
Want to lower your risk for malignant mesothelioma and other common cancers? Get more sunlight, eat more fish, and consider Vitamin D supplements. That advice comes from Michael Holick, MD, PhD, a long-time expert in Vitamin D at Boston University and is supported by a growing body of new research. In an article in the Journal of Clinical & Translational Endocrinology, Dr. Holick discusses the … Continue reading Fish and Sunlight May Lower Mesothelioma Risk