“Spray On” Drugs May Be New Option for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients

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A new, minimally-invasive way of delivering drugs right to the site of a tumor is being called “safe and feasible” for people with recurrent malignant mesothelioma. Right now, mesothelioma patients whose cancer comes back after surgery and systemic chemotherapy have few viable treatment options. The new procedure, called Pressurized Inraperitoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy (PIPAC), may change that. During PIPAC, chemotherapy drugs are essentially “sprayed” as gas … Continue reading “Spray On” Drugs May Be New Option for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients »

Study Finds Chemotherapy Unlikely to Improve Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survival

A new study from the University of Illinois suggests that patients with peritoneal mesothelioma who undergo  surgery may not get any benefit from having chemotherapy, too. Mesothelioma patients who have cytoreductive surgery, which is also called debulking surgery, tend to live more than four times as long as those who do not have the surgery. Rinsing the abdominal cavity with a heated solution of cancer-killing … Continue reading Study Finds Chemotherapy Unlikely to Improve Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survival »

Mesothelioma Patients May Benefit From Kindness, Study Reveals

A study of more than 400 patients and their families shows that people coping with cancers such as malignant mesothelioma do better when their medical caregivers show them kindness. The study was originally published in the Journal of Oncology Practice and identifies six specific types of kindness that can help to ease the pain and challenges of mesothelioma treatment. High Tech Must Be Balanced by … Continue reading Mesothelioma Patients May Benefit From Kindness, Study Reveals »

What Type of Mesothelioma Do I Have? CT May Be Able to Tell

Researchers from one of the country’s top cancer centers say it may be possible to tell what subtype of pleural mesothelioma a person has by using computed tomography (CT). Pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive lung-related cancer for which patients and their doctors must develop a treatment plan quickly to get ahead of the disease. The challenge is that, not only is mesothelioma highly resistant to … Continue reading What Type of Mesothelioma Do I Have? CT May Be Able to Tell »

Life After Mesothelioma Can Still Be a Challenge

A new Japanese study has some sobering news for people hoping to survive malignant mesothelioma: Life after mesothelioma can still be challenging. The study was conducted by multiple centers across Japan. A total of 133 mesothelioma patients who had been free of disease for at least five years completed questionnaires about their experiences and their quality of life. Assessing the Lives of Mesothelioma Survivors To … Continue reading Life After Mesothelioma Can Still Be a Challenge »

Hard-to-Find Therapy Fights Mesothelioma Tumors with Carbon Ions

Carbon ion therapy—a cancer treatment developed in California but currently only available outside the US—may have the ability to significantly slow down the growth and spread of pleural mesothelioma tumors. Researchers at one of the world’s most experienced carbon ion therapy centers in Chiba, Japan shared that conclusion in a new article in the journal Oncotarget. According to the new research, carbon ion beams directed … Continue reading Hard-to-Find Therapy Fights Mesothelioma Tumors with Carbon Ions »

How Asbestos Turns Healthy Cells into Mesothelioma Tumors

Scientists are a step closer to understanding how malignant mesothelioma may take hold in the body thanks to new research from the University of Vermont. A team of pathologists, biologists, and geneticists have released a report suggesting that exosomes, tiny vesicles secreted by cells, undergo dangerous changes when the cells encounter asbestos fibers. According to the researchers, exosomes from asbestos-exposed cells can carry gene-altering cargo … Continue reading How Asbestos Turns Healthy Cells into Mesothelioma Tumors »

Could Drug “Repurposing” Be the Cure for Mesothelioma?

An exciting new use for an old drug is shining a spotlight on the potential for repurposing previously approved drugs to treat malignant mesothelioma faster and more effectively. Malignant mesothelioma is the cancer most closely associated with the mineral asbestos. Although it’s incidence is slowly declining in some parts of the world, mesothelioma continues to rise in many poor countries where asbestos regulation is lax … Continue reading Could Drug “Repurposing” Be the Cure for Mesothelioma? »

Home-Based Rehab Helps Mesothelioma Patients Bounce Back After Chemotherapy

New evidence suggests that a pulmonary rehabilitation program that comes to them might help patients recover after pleural mesothelioma treatment. Experts in pulmonary cancers at several French institutions recently published what they called a “real-life feasibility study” of home-based rehab in patients who had received chemotherapy for either lung cancer or malignant pleural mesothelioma. Previous research has shown that these patients are typically less physically … Continue reading Home-Based Rehab Helps Mesothelioma Patients Bounce Back After Chemotherapy »

Measuring the Emotional Toll of Mesothelioma

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A new report suggests that too many mesothelioma patients and their families may not be coping as well as they could be with the implications of their diagnosis. Italian researchers in environmental health, occupational disease, and psychology conducted extensive interviews with 10 mesothelioma patients and 9 of their caregivers. In a report in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, the team concluded that families with malignant … Continue reading Measuring the Emotional Toll of Mesothelioma »

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