Predicting Mesothelioma Prognosis with PET/CT

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There is new evidence that the rate at which mesothelioma tumors metabolize glucose could provide significant prognostic information for mesothelioma patients and their doctors. Pleural mesothelioma is an especially fast-growing asbestos-linked malignancy. It typically carries a grim prognosis but several factors can impact mesothelioma survival, including tumor characteristics that can only be measured using advanced […]

BAP1 May Be Valuable for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Prognosis


There is new evidence that the same genetic mutation that is common in people with pleural mesothelioma may be present in many cases of peritoneal mesothelioma, too.BAP1 is a tumor suppressing protein encoded by the BAP1 gene. People with a mutation in this gene are less likely to produce the protein and are more likely […]

Asbestos Found in the Gallbladders of Pleural Mesothelioma Patients


There is new evidence that asbestos fibers can make their way into the gallbladders of patients with the lung-related cancer malignant pleural mesothelioma. The finding may help explain why some of these patients also suffer from gallbladder disorders. A new study conducted in Italy and published in the Journal of Microscopy discovered microscopic fibers of […]

Guidance System May Improve Light-Based Therapy for Mesothelioma


Using an infrared camera to guide the direction of a cancer-killing light may boost the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that attacks the membrane surrounding the lungs. Photodynamic therapy (PDT), which uses light and a photosensitizing drug, can be used to kill residual cancer cells after […]

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 […]

Diagnostic Accuracy of CT Limited for Pleural Mesothelioma


When it comes to diagnosing pleural mesothelioma, Scottish researchers say CT scanning is not accurate enough. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) can provide a cross-sectional image of the chest in people with suspected pleural mesothelioma.But researchers at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow say their tests show that CT is not sensitive enough to either confirm […]

Blood Test Could Aid in Mesothelioma Treatment Planning


Mesothelioma patients with elevated levels of a particular enzyme in their blood prior to the start of mesothelioma treatment may not live as long as those with lower levels.Afters years of mixed messages from researchers on this topic, scientists in China believe they have finally confirmed the value of the enzyme lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) as a […]

New Drug Delivery System Doubles Mesothelioma Survival


A new method for delivering cancer-fighting drugs directly into mesothelioma tumors has been shown to more that double mesothelioma survival in a new animal study.Surgeons, pathologists, biomedical engineers and chemists from Boston University and Harvard Medical School used specially-formulated expanding nanoparticles to deliver high doses of the drug paclitaxel into mice with malignant mesothelioma.By loading […]

African Plants May Offer New Ways to Treat Mesothelioma


Could compounds found in African plants hold the key to fighting intractable malignant mesothelioma? That is the suggestion of a new study conducted by an international team of researchers including scientists in Cameroon and Kenya. The study published in a recent issue of BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology, focused on naturally occurring quinones, organic compounds found […]

Gene Test May Help Distinguish Pleural Mesothelioma from Lung Cancer


There is more evidence this week that the tumor suppressor gene known as BRCA1-associated protein 1 (BAP1) could help doctors distinguish pleural mesothelioma from other types of lung cancer – even cancers that commonly spread to the pleura. Pleural mesothelioma is unique among cancers in that it starts on the pleural membrane that surrounds the […]