Treatments | Surviving Mesothelioma

Immunotherapy and Radiation: A Powerful Mesothelioma Combo

New research suggests that, in the battle against malignant pleural mesothelioma, a treatment combining of immunotherapy drugs with radiotherapy may be a powerful new weapon. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania reached that conclusion after reviewing the few existing studies on this emerging multimodal mesothelioma treatment for an article in Translational Lung Cancer Research.   Current available treatments for pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive lung-related cancer,  include surgical resection, … Continue reading Immunotherapy and Radiation: A Powerful Mesothelioma Combo »

IMRT Beats Conformal Radiotherapy for Pleural Mesothelioma

The targeted radiotherapy technique known as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) may offer a safer way to treat pleural mesothelioma tumors with fewer side effects. Researchers at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey recently compared the outcomes of  twenty-four radiation therapy plannings in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma and found that IMRT was both less dangerous and more effective. Radiotherapy for Mesothelioma Radiotherapy is often used in pleural … Continue reading IMRT Beats Conformal Radiotherapy for Pleural Mesothelioma »

New Report May Fuel Debate Over Mesothelioma Surgery

A new Swiss report on the two major types of mesothelioma surgery appears to raise as many questions as it answers, adding fuel to the fire in the ongoing debate over surgical technique. While thoracic surgeons around the world remain divided over the best type of surgery for the asbestos cancer,  the report suggests that the two primary curative approaches have similar rates of complications … Continue reading New Report May Fuel Debate Over Mesothelioma Surgery »

VEGF-Inhibitor Looks Promising for Malignant Mesothelioma

There is more encouraging news about the monoclonal antibody bevacizumab (Avastin) and its potential to boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy for people with malignant pleural mesothelioma. A pair of oncology researchers from Texas have just released their summary of the the most recent published studies on bevacizumab. They conclude that, for the right patients, bevacizumab may improve mesothelioma outcomes and extend survival by blocking tumor blood … Continue reading VEGF-Inhibitor Looks Promising for Malignant Mesothelioma »

Additional Chemotherapy Extends Survival in Relapsed Mesothelioma Patients

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Mesothelioma patients who experience a recurrence of their asbestos cancer after radical surgery may live longer if they undergo additional rounds of chemotherapy. That conclusion comes from a group of Japanese researchers who performed a retrospective review of 59 consecutive pleural mesothelioma patients who had multimodal mesothelioma treatment that included extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) surgery. Study subjects had been treated for malignant mesothelioma at Hyogo College … Continue reading Additional Chemotherapy Extends Survival in Relapsed Mesothelioma Patients »

New Prospects for Treating Malignant Mesothelioma with Curcumin

There is more evidence that the active ingredient in turmeric may have the power to help combat malignant mesothelioma. A new French study on curcumin finds that the compound not only slowed the growth of one of the rarest types of mesothelioma tumor cells in the laboratory but also reduced total tumor mass in lab rats in just two weeks. Evaluating Curcumin’s Effect on Mesothelioma … Continue reading New Prospects for Treating Malignant Mesothelioma with Curcumin »

Lung-Sparing Surgery and Mesothelioma Survival

When it comes to the mesothelioma surgery known as pleurectomy/decortication (P/D), not all techniques are created equal. A new report in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery finds that two of the three primary P/D approaches offer a significant mesothelioma survival advantage over the third. Setting up the Mesothelioma Surgery Study Thoracic surgeons from 11 Italian institutions reviewed the cases of 314 pleural mesothelioma patients … Continue reading Lung-Sparing Surgery and Mesothelioma Survival »

New Combination Treatment for Rare Mesothelioma Subtypes

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An enzyme shown to help fight melanoma and liver cancer may offer new hope to patients with some of the most treatment-resistant mesothelioma tumors. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare, asbestos-linked cancer of internal membranes. Although all forms are highly resistant to standard cancer therapies, the sarcomatoid and biphasic subtypes – which are the rarest forms of mesothelioma – typically carry the worst prognosis. But a … Continue reading New Combination Treatment for Rare Mesothelioma Subtypes »

MS Drug May Help Treat Malignant Mesothelioma, Too

Preliminary tests of a potential new mesothelioma treatment have yielded some exciting results at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. Mesothelioma researchers there are evaluating an immune system modulator called FTY720 or fingolimod. Derived from a fungus called Iscaria sinclairii, FTY720 has been used to treat the relapsing form of multiple sclerosis. Although FTY720 has shown what the research team calls “therapeutic potential” in some … Continue reading MS Drug May Help Treat Malignant Mesothelioma, Too »

New Evidence Supports Post-Surgical IMRT for Mesothelioma Treatment

Just a week after New York researchers published their own study on radiation therapy and mesothelioma surgery, a group of doctors from Texas has reached a similar conclusion – that highly-targeted radiotherapy can improve mesothelioma survival. This week’s study was conducted by radiation oncology specialists at Austin Cancer Centers and Baylor Scott and White Health in Temple, Texas. The team performed a retrospective analysis of 18 … Continue reading New Evidence Supports Post-Surgical IMRT for Mesothelioma Treatment »

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