Extending Mesothelioma Survival with Chemotherapy

In the continued quest to improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma, two new studies have been published this week on the effectiveness of adding additional drugs to the standard combination. The majority of patients who receive a mesothelioma diagnosis will have treatment that includes chemotherapy. According to data from the National Cancer Institute’s SEER database, the chemotherapy regimen prescribed most often … Continue reading Extending Mesothelioma Survival with Chemotherapy »

Mesothelioma Outcomes Better at High Volume Facilities

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A new study provides more evidence that malignant pleural mesothelioma patients considering surgery would do well to seek out a facility that does a lot of them. Researchers found that mesothelioma patients tend to have fewer complications and shorter hospital stays when they are treated at high volume facilities. The new study is based on data from the National Cancer Database and is published in … Continue reading Mesothelioma Outcomes Better at High Volume Facilities »

Minimally-Invasive CRS/HIPEC: Could it Revolutionize Mesothelioma Surgery?

A new study out of Spain suggests that it might be possible to perform the surgery that has become the standard of care for peritoneal mesothelioma in a much less invasive way. Cytoreductive surgery with heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CRS/HIPEC) has dramatically changed the survival odds for people with the abdominal form of malignant mesothelioma, also known as asbestos cancer. Now, researchers at the University Hospital … Continue reading Minimally-Invasive CRS/HIPEC: Could it Revolutionize Mesothelioma Surgery? »

Plasma-Based Surgery May Be Safer Alternative for Some Mesothelioma Patients

A minimally-invasive surgical technique that uses plasma energy to destroy diseased pleural tissue may be a safer alternative for mesothelioma patients who would not otherwise be candidates for surgery. Doctors at Harefield Hospital in the UK are reporting good results and no serious side effects from using the PlasmaJet Surgical System to operate on a patient with malignant pleural mesothelioma. PlasmaJet uses the energy of … Continue reading Plasma-Based Surgery May Be Safer Alternative for Some Mesothelioma Patients »

Study Finds Chemotherapy Unlikely to Improve Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survival

A new study from the University of Illinois suggests that patients with peritoneal mesothelioma who undergo  surgery may not get any benefit from having chemotherapy, too. Mesothelioma patients who have cytoreductive surgery, which is also called debulking surgery, tend to live more than four times as long as those who do not have the surgery. Rinsing the abdominal cavity with a heated solution of cancer-killing … Continue reading Study Finds Chemotherapy Unlikely to Improve Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survival »

New Surgical Technique May Improve Mesothelioma Survival

A new study is asking the question, is it possible to remove a malignant mesothelioma tumor with pleurectomy-decortication (P/D) without risking the spread of new tumors? P/D, the lung-sparing pleural mesothelioma surgery, has become the preferred approach in many cases where mesothelioma has not spread to the lung tissue. Most studies have found that P/D has a lower complication rate, produces less pain, and allows for faster … Continue reading New Surgical Technique May Improve Mesothelioma Survival »

Pleural Mesothelioma Treatment Disparities Seen in Lung Cancer Patients, Too

A new study on treatment disparities among lung cancer patients reflects a trend that has been documented among mesothelioma patients, as well; patients who are black or economically disadvantaged are less likely to get potentially life-saving treatments. Like non-small cell lung cancer, pleural mesothelioma affects the lungs. The standard of care is for patients to have a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. For malignant mesothelioma … Continue reading Pleural Mesothelioma Treatment Disparities Seen in Lung Cancer Patients, Too »

Mesothelioma Survival After Talc Pleurodesis

Pleural mesothelioma patients considering pleurodesis for excess lung fluid should know that there is very little data on how this procedure may affect survival or even quality of life. That is the conclusion of researchers at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York. Scientists with the Institute for Translational Epidemiology combed the medical literature for studies demonstrating mesothelioma survival after talc pleurodesis for lung fluid … Continue reading Mesothelioma Survival After Talc Pleurodesis »

Predicting Mesothelioma Survival: A New Model

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Could a geometric diagram hold the key to predicting the treatment outcomes of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma? A team of thoracic surgery experts at China’s Fudan University believe the answer is yes. The team has developed such a diagram, called a nomogram, and used it to demonstrate the connection between a list of prognostic factors and actual mesothelioma survival. Predicting Mesothelioma Prognosis The new … Continue reading Predicting Mesothelioma Survival: A New Model »

CRS/HIPEC May Extend Survival in Rare Form of Peritoneal Mesothelioma

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There has been an exciting new development in the treatment of one of the most aggressive forms of peritoneal mesothelioma. Biphasic mesothelioma is a variant of malignant mesothelioma that is even less responsive to standard cancer treatments than the more common epithelioid subtype. Many studies of peritoneal mesothelioma treatment have focused on people with the epithelioid form of the asbestos cancer, but much less is … Continue reading CRS/HIPEC May Extend Survival in Rare Form of Peritoneal Mesothelioma »

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