Mesothelioma Diagnosis: Fluid Cytology Versus Biopsy


A mesothelioma diagnosis using pleural fluid is just as reliable at predicting survival as a diagnosis based on a tissue sample. That conclusion, published in a recent issue of the British Journal of Cancer, is based on an analysis of more than 2,000 cases of malignant mesothelioma over 42 years.Researchers from the University of Western […]

Mesothelioma Risk High Among Shipyard Workers

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A new analysis of Baltimore shipyard workers in the 1950s and 1960s suggests that exposure to a range of toxic substances raised their risk for lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma, and early death.Researchers with the Uniformed Services University in Maryland, the National Cancer Institute, and the US Military Academy in Westpoint, New York traced the work […]

Compound in Pacific Sea Squirt Kills Mesothelioma Cells


There is new evidence that compounds isolated from a sea squirt found in the waters off of the Indonesian coast may hold the key to fighting mesothelioma and several other malignancies. The potential anticancer and antimicrobial properties are found in polysulfur aromatic alkaloids found in a Pacific sea squirt whose scientific name is Lissoclinum badium.In […]

Phone Triage for Veterans with Suspected Malignant Mesothelioma


A plan to offer triage by telephone to veterans suspected of having malignant mesothelioma may enable them to access expert mesothelioma advice faster, potentially improving their long-term outcomes.In a newly published article in the Journal of Surgical Research, surgeons with VA Boston Healthcare System detail their experience with telephone triage of suspected malignant mesothelioma patients and […]

Mesothelioma Quality of LIfe Bolstered by Online Support Group

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Recent evidence appears to back the idea that private, guided support groups can help mesothelioma patients navigate the emotional ups-and-downs of this devastating and aggressive cancer – even if they meet via phone and email.In an article published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the developers of the Mesothelioma Survivor Project report that mesothelioma patients […]

The Surprise Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Mesothelioma Survival


New research suggests that the socioeconomic status of some mesothelioma patients may have a greater influence on survival than how close they live to high-level cancer care. Researchers in Australia, a country with a long history of asbestos use and a high per capita incidence of malignant mesothelioma, assessed the cases of more than 900 pleural […]

Second-Line Mesothelioma Treatment: “Uncertain” Evidence


A trio of researchers from England and Italy say the evidence for second-line treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma is “uncertain is best”.In a new article in JAMA Oncology, the three point out flaws or weaknesses in several of the most often-cited second line mesothelioma treatment studies and call for better-designed clinical trials in the future.First-Line […]

Lung Disease Stigma May Impact Mesothelioma Outcomes


Patients with non-communicable respiratory diseases (NCRDs) such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asthma may feel stigmatized by their illness and those feelings can impact their clinical outcomes. That is the message of a report from researchers in New South Wales, Australia, a country with one of the highest per capita rates of malignant mesothelioma in […]

Mesothelioma Patients See Long-Term Survival with EPP and IMRT


Radical surgery and intensity modulated radiotherapy may lead to long-term survival for select pleural mesothelioma patients, but at what cost?That is the finding, and the question, raised by cancer researchers at Japan’s Kyoto University in a recent article published in the Swedish medical journal, Acta Oncologica.In their study of 21 pleural mesothelioma patients, intensity modulated […]

Fluorescent Nanoprobes Improve Visualization During Mesothelioma Surgery

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A technique that uses minute fluorescent particles could light the way for surgeons to see and remove even tiny peritoneal mesothelioma tumors, potentially improving the odds of survival.In a study published in the American Chemical Society journal Nano, researchers with Boston University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital loaded fluorescent rhodamine into microscopic expansile nanoprobes (eNPs), tiny […]