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 Survival Data Lacking for Common Mesothelioma Procedure
There has been another win for one of the most promising new drugs for mesothelioma, the immunotherapy drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab). The makers of Keytruda today announced that, when combined with the mesothelioma drug Alimta (pemetrexed) and the platinum-based drug cisplatin, it significantly extended the survival of lung cancer patients. According to Bloomberg, the news will likely make Keytruda an even more popular choice among immunotherapy … Continue reading Another Win for Mesothelioma Immunotherapy Drug Keytruda
Mesothelioma researchers are calling for more study of compounds extracted from European mistletoe after a German pleural mesothelioma patient survived for more than four years with no other treatment. Pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Although many different types of new mesothelioma treatments are under investigation, there is no cure. An Alternative Mesothelioma Treatment? Most mesothelioma patients receive some combination … Continue reading Long-Term Mesothelioma Survival with Mistletoe Extract
A team of Egyptian researchers is calling on mesothelioma doctors and patients to rethink their approach to treating this aggressive, asbestos-linked cancer. Scientists with Ain Shams University in Cairo conducted a review of studies on radical multi-modality approaches to malignant mesothelioma treatment and concluded that, despite what some other studies seem to suggest, this may not always be the best approach. What Are Radical Multi-Modal … Continue reading Radical Multi-Modal Mesothelioma Treatment: Is it Worth It?
Italian researchers have released a controversial report suggesting that, despite the fact that tanning beds have been associated with an increased risk of skin cancer, they might actually reduce the risk of other cancers such as malignant mesothelioma. In an article in the journal Advances in Clinical Chemistry, researchers from the University of Verona and the Academic Hospital of Parma are calling for large, randomized … Continue reading Could Tanning Beds Help Prevent Mesothelioma?
Researchers in Japan believe they may have discovered a new and more effective drug for the intractable asbestos cancer, malignant pleural mesothelioma – and it comes from an unlikely source. Sialic acid-binding lectin (cSBL) is a protein derived from the eggs of bullfrogs. It has the ability to bind to cell membranes and appears to exhibit antitumor activity through the degradation of RNA. Previous studies have … Continue reading Bullfrog Eggs May Hold the Secret to Mesothelioma Survival
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
Despite decades of evidence that asbestos exposure can cause malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other illnesses, the toxin is still being used in some unexpected and potentially dangerous ways. CNBC is reporting that the jewelry story Claire’s has pulled several different glitter-containing makeup products from its shelves amid fears that they may contain asbestos. WJAR-TV in Rhode Island broke the story last week after a … Continue reading Glitter Makeup Pulled from Shelves Amid Mesothelioma Fears
The New Year is often a time to set new goals and make plans. While it is important for mesothelioma patients and their families to fully embrace the present, there are also some goals worth setting, even if the prognosis seems grim. The following six New Year’s resolutions can help ensure the best possible quality of life and treatment outcomes for people battling malignant mesothelioma … Continue reading Six Resolutions Mesothelioma Patients Should Make in 2018
Keeping up with rewarding activities may be one way that mesothelioma patients can keep themselves emotionally healthy during cancer treatment. A new study from Spain’s University of Oviedo finds that lung and breast cancer patients who stayed engaged in their favorite activities fared better emotionally and socially than patients who abandoned theirs. Emotional Stress of Mesothelioma Diagnosis Receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma or another type … Continue reading Staying Active May Help Mesothelioma Patients Manage Stress