Novel Treatment for Malignant Mesothelioma with Cholesterol Drugs


There is new evidence that a class of medicines normally used to reduce high cholesterol may have a role to play in the fight against malignant pleural mesothelioma. A new study conducted by researchers at Nagoya University in Japan suggests that mesothelioma cells with a certain kind of genetic mutation may be susceptible to treatment […]

New Marker for Mesothelioma Diagnosis and Follow-up


A protein most often used to measure the risk level in pregnancy may also offer a more reliable way to diagnose malignant pleural mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is a highly aggressive cancer associated with asbestos exposure. Right now, there is no easy or definitive way to diagnose it and doctors have to rely on some combination of […]

Experimental Treatment Targets Pleural Mesothelioma with Compound in Red Wine


The question of how to make chemotherapy more effective in the treatment of malignant mesothelioma is one that has plagued cancer researchers for years. Now, a group of Korean doctors believe they may be closer to an answer. Scientists at Soonchunhyang University in Cheonan, Korea were the first to study the mesothelioma-fighting power of a chemical […]

New Treatment Strategy Could Make Mesothelioma More Responsive to Chemotherapy


Researchers in Japan have taken another important step toward creating a novel therapeutic strategy for malignant pleural mesothelioma, a highly treatment-resistant and deadly form of lung cancer. Following up on research they conducted earlier this year, doctors at Tokushima University’s Institute of Health Biosciences successfully boosted the effectiveness of chemotherapy and prolonged mesothelioma survival in […]

New Mesothelioma Grading System May Lead to More Accurate Prognosis


A new method for determining the prognosis of people with peritoneal mesothelioma suggests that patients whose mesothelioma cells have certain characteristics may live as long as 12 years. A research team including scientists from Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New […]

Editorial Showcases Potential New Pleural Mesothelioma Treatments


As cancer researchers around the world struggle to find more effective treatments for malignant pleural mesothelioma, a team of Japanese doctors has published an editorial on two drugs they call “possible new therapeutic agents” for the asbestos cancer. The agents are both drugs that have been in the spotlight for a while and have been […]

Asbestos Insulation May Account for Mesothelioma Surge in Australia’s Capital


The rates of malignant mesothelioma appear to be rising faster in the region around Australia’s capital city than they are in the rest of country and researchers believe that loose-fill asbestos insulation may be to blame. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) comprises the capital, Canberra, and the surrounding area. The findings on mesothelioma rates in […]

Fast-Tracked Mesothelioma Drug Set for Phase 3 Trials


By this time next year, a pivotal Phase 3 trial will be underway on what looks to be one of the most promising new therapies for malignant pleural mesothelioma.   The makers of galinpepimut-S, an immunotherapy vaccine with Orphan Drug status for acute myeloid leukemia and pleural mesothelioma, recently announced their intention to begin the Phase […]

DNA Screening May Enhance Mesothelioma Treatment

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New research suggests that testing for evidence of DNA damage may make it possible for doctors to treat malignant pleural mesothelioma more effectively. Right now, there are few effective treatments for mesothelioma. Even the gold standard first-line treatment – pemetrexed-based chemotherapy – is only marginally helpful. For most patients who receive mesothelioma chemotherapy, their disease […]

Cancer-fighting Lessons Learned from Mesothelioma Survivors

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When a person receives a diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma, a rare and incurable cancer on the membranes that surround internal organs, it can feel hopeless. Patients may hear their doctors tell them that there are no viable mesothelioma therapies and they have only a limited time left to live. While that may be the story […]