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 »

Modified Surgical Approach May Boost Pleural Mesothelioma Survival

For people with malignant pleural mesothelioma, surgery often offers the best odds of survival. But surgery can also come at a heavy cost in terms of pain, post-surgical side effects, and quality of life. Even lung-sparing pleurectomy with decortication, the least radical of the two major types of mesothelioma surgery, can cause life-threatening complications. But a new Italian study suggests that it may be possible … Continue reading Modified Surgical Approach May Boost Pleural Mesothelioma Survival »

Many Pleural Mesothelioma Patients May Be Missing Out on Life-Extending Treatments

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Too many patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma are not getting the trimodality treatment protocol that could significantly change their outcomes. That is the finding of a newly-published study conducted at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Researchers reviewed the records of more than 20,000 patients in the National Cancer Database with a definitive diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma between 2004 and 2014. They discovered that, … Continue reading Many Pleural Mesothelioma Patients May Be Missing Out on Life-Extending Treatments »

Protein May Help Predict Complications After Peritoneal Mesothelioma Surgery

Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center say they may have found a way to help predict which peritoneal mesothelioma patients are most likely to develop complications after cytoreductive surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Cytoreductive surgery to remove as much of a mesothelioma tumor as possible, followed by a rinse of heated chemotherapy drugs in the abdomen is known as CRS + HIPEC. It has become a … Continue reading Protein May Help Predict Complications After Peritoneal Mesothelioma Surgery »

High Dose Radiotherapy Improves Mesothelioma Survival in New Study

Treating malignant pleural mesothelioma patients with high doses of targeted radiotherapy after surgery or biopsy may significantly extend their lives. That’s the message from a multi-center mesothelioma study conducted in Italy and recently published in a French medical journal. Mesothelioma Treatment with Radiotherapy Scientists analyzed the cases of 36 malignant pleural mesothelioma patients diagnosed between 2009 and 2012. Nineteen of the patients were treated with … Continue reading High Dose Radiotherapy Improves Mesothelioma Survival in New Study »

Better Nutrition Could Mean Longer Survival for Elderly Mesothelioma Patients

Could eating better improve elderly patient’s chances of surviving malignant pleural mesothelioma? Another new study suggests that it may. An article in the journal Surgical Oncology found that lung cancer patients who score low on a nutritional status assessment tool called the Geriatric Nutritional Risk Index (GNRI) have worse outcomes after surgery. The GNRI is a simple tool based on weight and levels of the … Continue reading Better Nutrition Could Mean Longer Survival for Elderly Mesothelioma Patients »

Age May Have Little Impact on Mesothelioma Surgery Outcomes

Being older does not necessarily reduce a patient’s odds of benefiting from mesothelioma surgery. That is the good news from a study conducted by mesothelioma experts at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, England. The bad news is that too many elderly mesothelioma patients are not being referred for adjuvant treatments that could improve their surgical outcomes. Adjuvant Therapy and Mesothelioma Survival Adjuvant therapy is a treatment … Continue reading Age May Have Little Impact on Mesothelioma Surgery Outcomes »

Sickest Mesothelioma Patients May Benefit Most from P/D Surgery

Patients with the worst cases of malignant pleural mesothelioma may stand to gain the most from pleurectomy and decortication (P/D) surgery. That is the conclusion of researchers at the University of Chicago and Loyola University who subjected 114 mesothelioma patients to a quality of life and overall health scoring system both before and after P/D surgery.   Considering Mesothelioma Surgery The decision on whether or … Continue reading Sickest Mesothelioma Patients May Benefit Most from P/D Surgery »

Radical Surgery Alone Unlikely to Prolong Mesothelioma Survival

Extrapleural pneumonectomy, the most radical – and risky – type of surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma, is more likely to lead to long term survival when paired with strategic follow-up treatments. That is the conclusion of researchers at Japan’s Kyushu University who conducted a retrospective study of 10 mesothelioma patients who underwent EPP at their institution between 2001 to 2010. EPP Surgery and Mesothelioma Outcomes … Continue reading Radical Surgery Alone Unlikely to Prolong Mesothelioma Survival »

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