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Mesothelioma Patients May Need Special Help After Surgery

Pleural mesothelioma patients who undergo pleurectomy/decortication (P/D) surgery may need customized rehabilitation strategies to help restore their quality of life. That is the finding of a Japanese study conducted by rehabilitation experts at the Hyogo College of Medicine. In a study of malignant pleural mesothelioma patients, the team found that, after P/D, many measures of physical strength and vitality decreased, along with their health-related quality … Continue reading Mesothelioma Patients May Need Special Help After Surgery »

The Impact of Nutritional Status on Mesothelioma Survival

There is new evidence that a mesothelioma patient’s nutritional status could have an impact on their treatment outcomes. A group of Japanese surgeons, oncologists and pathologists compared the treatment responses of 83 patients with pleural mesothelioma and found that patients with the poorest nutritional status tended to have the poorest mesothelioma prognosis. Controlling Nutritional Status Score To reach their conclusion, the researchers used a tool … Continue reading The Impact of Nutritional Status on Mesothelioma Survival »

Novel Technique Controls Pleural Effusion in Mesothelioma Patients

Japanese researchers have come up with a new method of controlling one of the most bothersome and life-limiting symptoms of late stage malignant mesothelioma – a buildup of fluid around the lungs called malignant pleural effusion. When fluid collects in the space between the layers of the pleural membrane around the lungs, it becomes more difficult for the lungs to expand properly. At this stage, … Continue reading Novel Technique Controls Pleural Effusion in Mesothelioma Patients »

Lung Disease Stigma May Impact Mesothelioma Outcomes

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Patients with non-communicable respiratory diseases (NCRDs) such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asthma may feel stigmatized by their illness and those feelings can impact their clinical outcomes. That is the message of a report from researchers in New South Wales, Australia, a country with one of the highest per capita rates of malignant mesothelioma in the world. Experts in public health and behavioral science at … Continue reading Lung Disease Stigma May Impact Mesothelioma Outcomes »

Changes in Medical Marijuana Laws Could Impact Mesothelioma Patients

California mesothelioma patients who rely on medical marijuana to help manage their symptoms or support their treatment may find the product even safer if the governor signs a proposed new law. The law would set new standards for how medical cannabis products are manufactured in the state, requiring that medical marijuana be processed without solvents or with nonflammable, nontoxic solvents. Mesothelioma Patients May Be Affected … Continue reading Changes in Medical Marijuana Laws Could Impact Mesothelioma Patients »

Pleural Fluid May Help Mesothelioma Grow and Spread

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The excess lung fluid that is behind one of the most bothersome mesothelioma symptoms may be more than just a side effect;  it may actually contribute to the growth and spread of malignant mesothelioma. More than 90 percent of mesothelioma patients will experience pleural effusion, a buildup of fluid in the space around the lungs. As fluid fills the pleural space, many patients develop shortness … Continue reading Pleural Fluid May Help Mesothelioma Grow and Spread »

Mesothelioma Patients Could Benefit from Earlier Palliative Care

Too many patients with malignant mesothelioma may be suffering more than they have to because they are not being offered palliative care earlier. Cancer researchers in Italy reached that conclusion after evaluating the charts and symptoms of mesothelioma patients enrolled in a home palliative care program in Palermo. Palliative care is the medical specialty focused on alleviating pain and other life-limiting symptoms. While palliative care … Continue reading Mesothelioma Patients Could Benefit from Earlier Palliative Care »

Online Support for Mesothelioma Survivors: What's Working Now

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Remote support groups, including phone and Internet components, offer a unique way to help mesothelioma patients and caregivers – even when they’re not in session. That’s the finding of a new study conducted by researchers at Columbia University, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, and Maimonides Medical Center in New York. The researchers found that online and and telephone support as part of a closed group … Continue reading Online Support for Mesothelioma Survivors: What's Working Now »

Mesothelioma Symptoms: Best Management for Pleural Effusion

An international team of scientists is hoping to finally be able to answer the question of how often mesothelioma patients with pleural effusion should have their indwelling pleural catheters drained. Indwelling pleural catheters (IPCs) are a novel way to treat the bothersome mesothelioma symptoms caused by a buildup of excess fluid in the space around the lungs. Pleural effusion, as the excess fluid is called, is … Continue reading Mesothelioma Symptoms: Best Management for Pleural Effusion »

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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