Additional Chemotherapy Extends Survival in Relapsed Mesothelioma Patients

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Mesothelioma patients who experience a recurrence of their asbestos cancer after radical surgery may live longer if they undergo additional rounds of chemotherapy. That conclusion comes from a group of Japanese researchers who performed a retrospective review of 59 consecutive pleural mesothelioma patients who had multimodal mesothelioma treatment that included extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) surgery.Study subjects […]

More Evidence for Inflammation Marker in Mesothelioma Prognosis


There is more evidence that a measure of how well the immune system is functioning may be an efficient prognostic tool for people with malignant pleural mesothelioma.Even though some recent studies have found the ratio of neutrophils to lymphocytes (NLR) in the blood to be a poor prognostic indicator for cancer, Chinese researchers say it […]

New Prospects for Treating Malignant Mesothelioma with Curcumin


There is more evidence that the active ingredient in turmeric may have the power to help combat malignant mesothelioma. A new French study on curcumin finds that the compound not only slowed the growth of one of the rarest types of mesothelioma tumor cells in the laboratory but also reduced total tumor mass in lab […]

Lung-Sparing Surgery and Mesothelioma Survival


When it comes to the mesothelioma surgery known as pleurectomy/decortication (P/D), not all techniques are created equal. A new report in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery finds that two of the three primary P/D approaches offer a significant mesothelioma survival advantage over the third.Setting up the Mesothelioma Surgery StudyThoracic surgeons from 11 Italian institutions […]

Surgery May Impact Mesothelioma Survival More Than Stage


A study conducted in Belgium appears to support the idea that whether or not a malignant pleural mesothelioma patient undergoes surgery may be a better predictor of survival than the stage of their cancer. The study including 101 patients diagnosed with or treated for pleural mesothelioma between 2001 and 2015 at Antwerp University Hospital.The goal […]

Dental Technicians May Be at Increased Risk for Malignant Mesothelioma


A new study is highlighting a little known risk for people who have worked in the dental industry – the risk of developing malignant mesothelioma.The study conducted in Italy focuses on the cases of four dental laboratory technicians and one spouse of a technician who apparently developed pleural mesothelioma because of the asbestos used in the […]

Cellular Factors Predict Survival in Epithelioid Mesothelioma Patients

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A team of French scientists believe they have found a way to predict survival and help plan a treatment course for people with the epithelioid form of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Until now, mesothelioma histological subtype has been the only way to reliably predict mesothelioma prognosis based on pathology (cellular characteristics that can be seen under […]

New Combination Treatment for Rare Mesothelioma Subtypes


An enzyme shown to help fight melanoma and liver cancer may offer new hope to patients with some of the most treatment-resistant mesothelioma tumors. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare, asbestos-linked cancer of internal membranes. Although all forms are highly resistant to standard cancer therapies, the sarcomatoid and biphasic subtypes – which are the rarest forms […]

MS Drug May Help Treat Malignant Mesothelioma, Too

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Preliminary tests of a potential new mesothelioma treatment have yielded some exciting results at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. Mesothelioma researchers there are evaluating an immune system modulator called FTY720 or fingolimod. Derived from a fungus called Iscaria sinclairii, FTY720 has been used to treat the relapsing form of multiple sclerosis.Although FTY720 has shown […]

New Evidence Supports Post-Surgical IMRT for Mesothelioma Treatment


Just a week after New York researchers published their own study on radiation therapy and mesothelioma surgery, a group of doctors from Texas has reached a similar conclusion – that highly-targeted radiotherapy can improve mesothelioma survival.This week’s study was conducted by radiation oncology specialists at Austin Cancer Centers and Baylor Scott and White Health in Temple, […]