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 »

Evaluation and Treatment of Mesothelioma Pain

Pleural mesothelioma patients with an abnormal response to cool sensations are more likely to experience more intense pain. That is just one of the findings to come out of a new study on pleural mesothelioma pain conducted by Scottish researchers. Pain is a common symptom of pleural mesothelioma, a fast-growing and treatment-resistant malignancy that grows on the membrane surrounding the lungs. As tumors spread, the … Continue reading Evaluation and Treatment of Mesothelioma Pain »

Therapy Before Mesothelioma Surgery: Which is Better?

Targeted radiotherapy may be just as safe a way to prepare people for radical mesothelioma surgery as chemotherapy and may even result in less need for blood transfusion. That is the conclusion of a team of Canadian researchers who ran the first ever comparison of induction chemotherapy and induction radiotherapy in mesothelioma surgical outcomes. Induction Therapy for Mesothelioma In the context of mesothelioma treatment, induction … Continue reading Therapy Before Mesothelioma Surgery: Which is Better? »

Risk for Mesothelioma After Radiation Treatment is Low

There is some good news for cancer survivors who have undergone external beam radiation as part of their therapy: The risk for mesothelioma later in life is still very low. Most cases of mesothelioma are caused by occupational or environmental exposure to asbestos. But scientists have long known that exposure to radiation can also cause cellular changes that increase the risk of eventually developing mesothelioma. … Continue reading Risk for Mesothelioma After Radiation Treatment is Low »