Platelet Count Linked to Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survival After Surgery

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Peritoneal mesothelioma patients whose bodies produce too many blood platelets may not be good candidates for the treatment combination known as CRS with HIPEC.Cytoreductive surgery (CRS) followed by hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a process for removing as much peritoneal mesothelioma from the abdomen as possible and killing any cancer cells left behind with a […]

Diagnosing Pleural Mesothelioma with Lung Fluid: The Battle of the Biomarkers

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A biomarker called soluble mesothelin related peptide (SMRP) may be a more reliable way to diagnose malignant pleural mesothelioma from lung fluid than the protein fibulin-3.That is the finding of Italian researchers who tested the diagnostic performance of the two markers in 120 patients, including 33 mesothelioma patients, in an effort to resolve what they […]

Mesothelioma Tumor Thickness May Help Predict Treatment Outcomes

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New research out of Canada suggests that mesothelioma tumor thickness could be used to help predict mesothelioma survival and select the best treatments. Doctors at the University of Toronto compared the thickness of pleural mesothelioma tumors in 65 patients who had not yet received any treatment with their eventual outcomes and found a definite correlation.Summarizing their […]

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 […]

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 ScoreTo reach […]

Radical Mesothelioma Surgery Deemed Not “Clinically Effective”


The heads of a European working group charged with advising cardio-thoracic surgeons on the best ways to treat malignant pleural mesothelioma say the most radical and risky type of surgery is not clinically effective. Dr. Giuseppe Cardillo of Carlo Forlanini Hospital in Rome and Dr. Tom Treasure with University College London (author of the MARS […]

Maintenance Work Can Carry a High Mesothelioma Risk

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A CDC report out this week on the incidence of malignant mesothelioma in the US suggests that people who renovate or do repairs and maintenance work on older asbestos-containing buildings may have the highest risk for mesothelioma in the coming years.The report, entitled “Malignant Mesothelioma Mortality – United States, 1999 – 2015” shows that mesothelioma […]

Mesothelioma Risk in Older School Buildings


A new government report has some sobering news for teachers and students in England: Nearly 20 percent of schools may be failing to adequately protect them from asbestos, the primary cause of malignant pleural mesothelioma.The asbestos management report, issued by the Education Funding Agency, is based on data collected online from more than 5,500 schools in […]

The Hidden Mesothelioma Risk for Dentists


Mesothelioma risk can sometimes be found in unexpected places. According to a newly-published article, dentists and others involved in casting prosthetics such as crowns and bridges prior to the 1970s may be at elevated risk for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Researchers from Queens College, City University of New York and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine are […]

Immunotherapy for Pleural Mesothelioma: Does it Work?

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Immunotherapy is an important emerging therapeutic strategy for several types of cancer, but the jury is still out on whether it will eventually be a viable approach for malignant pleural mesothelioma.In a newly-published special report on the immune checkpoint inhibitor tremelimumab, researchers at the University of Salford in the UK call the use of such […]