Spice Compound Extends Mesothelioma Survival in Mice

The compound that gives the spice turmeric its yellow color and pungent flavor is once again attracting the attention of mesothelioma researchers. Curcumin has been the subject of numerous mesothelioma studies. The latest one, conducted by scientists at the Department of Experimental Medicine at the University of Rome, finds that the compound has the power to not only kill mesothelioma cells in the lab, but … Continue reading Spice Compound Extends Mesothelioma Survival in Mice »

Scoring Tool Helps Doctors Select Mesothelioma Patients for Clinical Trials

Researchers in London have developed a new way of categorizing patients with advanced malignant mesothelioma that allows them to predict who will benefit the most from participation in a Phase I clinical trial. The Drug Development Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital already uses a prognostic scoring system for cancer patients to determine which patients would be good candidates for Phase 1 clinical trials of … Continue reading Scoring Tool Helps Doctors Select Mesothelioma Patients for Clinical Trials »

Compound in Pacific Sea Squirt Kills Mesothelioma Cells

There is new evidence that compounds isolated from a sea squirt found in the waters off of the Indonesian coast may hold the key to fighting mesothelioma and several other malignancies. The potential anticancer and antimicrobial properties are found in polysulfur aromatic alkaloids found in a Pacific sea squirt whose scientific name is Lissoclinum badium. In a new article in the Journal of Natural Products, … Continue reading Compound in Pacific Sea Squirt Kills Mesothelioma Cells »

New Drug Delivery System Doubles Mesothelioma Survival

A new method for delivering cancer-fighting drugs directly into mesothelioma tumors has been shown to more that double mesothelioma survival in a new animal study. Surgeons, pathologists, biomedical engineers and chemists from Boston University and Harvard Medical School used specially-formulated expanding nanoparticles to deliver high doses of the drug paclitaxel into mice with malignant mesothelioma. By loading the drug into nanoparticles that expand in the … Continue reading New Drug Delivery System Doubles Mesothelioma Survival »

African Plants May Offer New Ways to Treat Mesothelioma

Could compounds found in African plants hold the key to fighting intractable malignant mesothelioma? That is the suggestion of a new study conducted by an international team of researchers including scientists in Cameroon and Kenya. The study published in a recent issue of BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology, focused on naturally occurring quinones, organic compounds found in bacteria, certain fungi, and in various plants, including some … Continue reading African Plants May Offer New Ways to Treat Mesothelioma »

Immunotherapy Drug May Be New Option for Recurrent Mesothelioma

There may be new hope for malignant mesothelioma patients whose cancer recurs after treatment. A presentation at the recent World Lung Cancer conference in Vienna earlier this month suggests that the immunotherapy drug nivolumab (brand name Opdivo) could help people with pleural mesothelioma who have run out of treatment options. The author of the new study says his Amsterdam-based team has recorded mesothelioma survival of … Continue reading Immunotherapy Drug May Be New Option for Recurrent Mesothelioma »

Mesothelioma Tumor Growth Discovery May Open Door to Novel Treatments

New research suggests that mesothelioma cells have the ability to form their own new blood vessels, potentially feeding the asbestos cancer’s aggressive growth. The news could lead to new treatments that specifically target this unique ability. Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelial linings around the lungs, heart or abdomen. It is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos and is considered one of … Continue reading Mesothelioma Tumor Growth Discovery May Open Door to Novel Treatments »

Breast Cancer Drug May Enhance Pleural Mesothelioma Treatment

A drug most often associated with the treatment and prevention of breast cancer may offer a new way to treat pleural mesothelioma, too. A new study conducted by Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons and published in the medical journal Anticancer Research focuses on tamoxifen as a novel mesothelioma therapy. How Tamoxifen Works Tamoxifen helps fight breast cancer and protect high-risk women from getting it by … Continue reading Breast Cancer Drug May Enhance Pleural Mesothelioma Treatment »

Mesothelioma Growth Slowed by Breast Cancer Drug

A drug most often associated with the treatment and prevention of breast cancer may offer a new way to treat pleural mesothelioma, too. A new study conducted by Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons and published in the medical journal Anticancer Research focuses on tamoxifen as a novel mesothelioma therapy. How Tamoxifen Works Tamoxifen helps fight breast cancer and protect high-risk women from getting it by … Continue reading Mesothelioma Growth Slowed by Breast Cancer Drug »

Novel Treatment for Malignant Mesothelioma with Cholesterol Drugs

There is new evidence that a class of medicines normally used to reduce high cholesterol may have a role to play in the fight against malignant pleural mesothelioma. A new study conducted by researchers at Nagoya University in Japan suggests that mesothelioma cells with a certain kind of genetic mutation may be susceptible to treatment with a statin drug. What are Statin Drugs? Statin drugs … Continue reading Novel Treatment for Malignant Mesothelioma with Cholesterol Drugs »