Radiation Therapy | 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 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 »

Tri-Modality Treatment Extends Mesothelioma Survival

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New research suggests that a combination of lung-sparing surgery, highly targeted radiotherapy, and chemotherapy may bolster survival in people with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York have just published some promising findings on trimodality mesothelioma treatment with hemithoracic intensity-modulated pleural radiotherapy (IMPRINT). Conventional RT vs IMPRINT The team analyzed the cases of 209 mesothelioma patients who underwent the … Continue reading Tri-Modality Treatment Extends Mesothelioma Survival »

Mesothelioma Tumor Thickness May Help Predict Treatment Outcomes

New research out of Canada suggests that mesothelioma tumor thickness could be used to help predict mesothelioma survival and select the best treatments.  Doctors at the University of Toronto compared the thickness of pleural mesothelioma tumors in 65 patients who had not yet received any treatment with their eventual outcomes and found a definite correlation. Summarizing their research in The European Respiratory Journal, the team … Continue reading Mesothelioma Tumor Thickness May Help Predict Treatment Outcomes »

Mesothelioma Patients See Long-Term Survival with EPP and IMRT

Radical surgery and intensity modulated radiotherapy may lead to long-term survival for select pleural mesothelioma patients, but at what cost? That is the finding, and the question, raised by cancer researchers at Japan’s Kyoto University in a recent article published in the Swedish medical journal, Acta Oncologica. In their study of 21 pleural mesothelioma patients, intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) after EPP surgery produced an overall … Continue reading Mesothelioma Patients See Long-Term Survival with EPP and IMRT »

The Role of Post-Surgical Radiation in Mesothelioma Survival

More research is needed before we will know whether radiotherapy after mesothelioma surgery can improve mesothelioma survival. That’s the conclusion of a newly-published assessment performed by an Egyptian doctor. The study, which tracked more than 2,000 mesothelioma patients over a ten-year period, found that, while some radiotherapy patients did live longer, the benefits did not extend to patients with a certain mesothelioma subtype. Radiotherapy and … Continue reading The Role of Post-Surgical Radiation in Mesothelioma Survival »

Radiotherapy Found to Boost Survival in Non-Metastatic Mesothelioma Patients

New research suggests that radiation therapy may eventually play a bigger role in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Doctors at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that, although only a small percentage of mesothelioma patients in their study had undergone radiation therapy, the survival rates among those who did were significantly higher than those who had had other treatment modalities. The Multi-modal … Continue reading Radiotherapy Found to Boost Survival in Non-Metastatic Mesothelioma Patients »

Italian Mesothelioma Patient Doing Well More Than a Year After IMRT

A new case report has researchers cautiously optimistic about the potential benefits of a highly targeted radiotherapy technique called IMRT in people with malignant pleural mesothelioma. The Italian case report comes on the heels of study earlier this summer at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York that called IMRT part of a “new lung-sparing paradigm” in multimodality therapy for patients with locally advanced pleural mesothelioma. … Continue reading Italian Mesothelioma Patient Doing Well More Than a Year After IMRT »

Most Mesothelioma Patients Don’t Need Preventive Radiotherapy after Pleural Intervention

Preventive radiotherapy may not be the best way to keep new tumors from growing at the site of pleural interventions in people with malignant pleural mesothelioma. That is the finding of a group of physician researchers in the UK, who tracked the outcomes of more than 200 mesothelioma patients from institutes across the country who had procedures that required the use of a large-bore pleural … Continue reading Most Mesothelioma Patients Don’t Need Preventive Radiotherapy after Pleural Intervention »

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