Patients with Impaired Kidneys Could Still Take Alimta for Mesothelioma, Study Finds

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New research in the Netherlands suggests that patients who would not normally be prescribed Alimta for mesothelioma could still benefit from the gold standard mesothelioma treatment. The key is an alternate dosing strategy. Alimta is a powerful drug that works by blocking a molecule needed for cell replication. Right now, doctors do not recommend Alimta for mesothelioma in people with poor kidney function. But Dutch pharmacology experts now say it is possible to adjust the dosing to make Alimta safer for these mesothelioma patients. Alimta for Mesothelioma: Proper Dosing is Key The FDA approved Alimta for mesothelioma in 2004. Alimta (pemetrexed) is still the only drug approved for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. It has also been approved to treat … Continue reading Patients with Impaired Kidneys Could Still Take Alimta for Mesothelioma, Study Finds »

Chemotherapy During Mesothelioma Surgery: Is it Dangerous?

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A new study finds that chemotherapy during mesothelioma surgery does not raise the risk for complications. That could be good news for pleural mesothelioma patients who want to keep cancer at bay as long as possible. A group of Indian doctors compared the cases of thoracic cancer patients who had surgery with or without intraoperative chemotherapy. Only one of the “surgery + chemotherapy” patients developed a serious complication. Patients in this group also lived longer than those who did not receive intraoperative chemotherapy. When Do Doctors Use Chemotherapy During Mesothelioma Surgery? The two primary types of mesothelioma surgery are extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) or lung-sparing pleurectomy/decortication (P/D). Patients often have chemotherapy prior to surgery to shrink their mesothelioma tumor. Many have … Continue reading Chemotherapy During Mesothelioma Surgery: Is it Dangerous? »

Conservative Surgery Leads to Better Mesothelioma Survival After Recurrence

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Mesothelioma survival after recurrence may be better with lung-preserving P/D surgery than with more radical EPP. Japanese researchers recently analyzed the cases of 44 mesothelioma patients who underwent either EPP or P/D. It took about the same amount of time for mesothelioma tumors to start growing again, no matter what type of surgery the patient had. The difference was in survival. Both overall survival and mesothelioma survival after recurrence were longer in the P/D patients. EPP vs. P/D: The Ongoing Debate Mesothelioma surgeons around the world are still divided about which type of mesothelioma surgery is best. On one hand, extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) removes more diseased tissue, including a lung. Some say this improves the odds of long term mesothelioma … Continue reading Conservative Surgery Leads to Better Mesothelioma Survival After Recurrence »

Chemotherapy with Alimta: Putting More Gold in the Gold Standard

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A new Italian study suggests there may be a more effective way to deliver mesothelioma chemotherapy with Alimta. Chemotherapy with Alimta (pemetrexed) is the gold standard treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma. But fewer than 40 percent of mesothelioma patients see improvement when they receive the drug by standard infusion. Now, researchers in biotechnology and nanomedicine think they may have found a way around the limits of chemotherapy with Alimta. Tiny particles of gold may be the answer. Why Chemotherapy with Alimta Does Not Always Work Even though most mesothelioma patients receive chemotherapy with Alimta at some point, it is usually only moderately effective. That is because pemetrexed is a highly potent drug that can cause deadly side effects at high doses. … Continue reading Chemotherapy with Alimta: Putting More Gold in the Gold Standard »

Doctor Attitude Keeps Some Patient from Mesothelioma Chemotherapy

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A new study suggests that some patients are missing out on chemotherapy for mesothelioma because their doctors do not believe it will work. Doctor “nihilism” – the idea that life is meaningless anyway – was the top reason that 20+ percent of pleural mesothelioma patients did not get the care that might have helped them. In other cases, patients were simply never referred to a cancer doctor who could prescribe chemotherapy for mesothelioma. Doctor Attitudes and Chemotherapy for Mesothelioma The Australian study is based on surveys with 107 doctors and 19 nurses. Most respondents were either lung specialists or cancer doctors. They completed the surveys in 2014. The surveys show that most of the doctors (90%) think at least one … Continue reading Doctor Attitude Keeps Some Patient from Mesothelioma Chemotherapy »

Treatment for Pericardial Mesothelioma: Chemotherapy is Best

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Some of the nation’s top cancer researchers say chemotherapy is the best treatment for pericardial mesothelioma.  Even surgery does not extend survival as well as chemotherapy. Doctors at the University of Texas reached that conclusion after studying more than 100 cases of pericardial mesothelioma. Surgery is still the most common treatment for pericardial mesothelioma. But the new research suggests that chemotherapy may be better. In the study, chemotherapy and cancer spread were the only factors that seemed to impact mesothelioma survival. What is Pericardial Mesothelioma? Malignant mesothelioma tumors grow on the linings around internal organs. The most common type is pleural mesothelioma which grows near the lungs. Peritoneal mesothelioma on the abdominal lining is the second most common type. Pericardial … Continue reading Treatment for Pericardial Mesothelioma: Chemotherapy is Best »

Chemotherapy for Mesothelioma May Work Better with TroVax

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UK researchers say a cancer vaccine called Trovax has the potential to boost the power of chemotherapy for mesothelioma. Chemotherapy is the main treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lung lining caused by asbestos exposure. It is very hard to treat. Even people who have chemotherapy for mesothelioma do not usually live more than two years after diagnosis. Mesothelioma researchers are always looking for ways to improve chemotherapy for mesothelioma. It is often combined with other treatments like surgery, radiation or immunotherapy. Now, scientists think adding TroVax to mesothelioma chemotherapy may be another good option. What is the TroVax Cancer Vaccine? The TroVax cancer vaccine is made by UK-based Oxford BioMedica. It contains an altered … Continue reading Chemotherapy for Mesothelioma May Work Better with TroVax »

Faster Mesothelioma Chemotherapy Deemed “Safe and Feasible”

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Researchers in The Netherlands say it may be possible to deliver faster mesothelioma chemotherapy without doing any additional damage to the kidneys. If they are right, it could make mesothelioma treatment more accessible and convenient for patients. Most malignant mesothelioma patients will have chemotherapy. The most common type of chemotherapy is by infusion. Each session takes several hours. Every mesothelioma patient undergoing chemotherapy faces the possibility of kidney damage. That possibility can even limit how much medicine doctors can use. But a new Dutch study finds that faster mesothelioma chemotherapy may be as safe for the kidneys as standard chemotherapy. Analyzing Faster Mesothelioma Chemotherapy The study included 230 lung cancer patients who had chemotherapy. Some of the study subjects had … Continue reading Faster Mesothelioma Chemotherapy Deemed “Safe and Feasible” »

Study Suggests Sugar Supplement Could Slow Growth of Mesothelioma

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A sugar supplement might be able to slow the growth of mesothelioma and others types of cancer. The sugar supplement is called mannose. Mannose occurs naturally in some fruits, including cranberries. It is also sold as a nutritional supplement. Researchers with Cancer Research UK and Worldwide Cancer Research say mannose slowed the growth of tumors in mice. The test mice had leukemia, bone cancer, ovarian cancer, or bowel cancer. In a new report in the journal Nature, the researchers say mannose made mouse tumors smaller. It also helped chemotherapy work better and helped some mice live longer. How Does Mannose Slow Tumor Growth? All cells in the body need glucose to grow. This includes cancer cells. Cancers like mesothelioma need … Continue reading Study Suggests Sugar Supplement Could Slow Growth of Mesothelioma »

Mesothelioma Surgery PD Comparison

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Lung-sparing surgery is another name for pleurectomy/decortication (PD). In PD, surgeons take out as much mesothelioma cancer as they can without taking out one of the lungs. The other main type of mesothelioma surgery is called EPP (extrapleural pneumonectomy). In that surgery, doctors do take out a lung when they take out the mesothelioma tumor. Some studies say patients who have PD surgery live longer than people who have EPP. They may also have fewer problems after surgery. What is the New Clinical Trial? Researchers in Belgium and The Netherlands are running a test called EORTC 1205. EORTC 1205 is a clinical trial. Clinical trials test new drugs or treatments to see how well they work in people. Right now, … Continue reading Mesothelioma Surgery PD Comparison »

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