New Clinical Tips for a Definitive Mesothelioma Diagnosis

New Clinical Tips for a Definitive Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Researchers at Ohio State University published new tips for a definitive mesothelioma diagnosis. The team says three different tools are important for getting the right answer. One of the biggest challenges with mesothelioma is just getting a definitive diagnosis. Mesothelioma is closely associated with asbestos. But symptoms may not show up until decades after the exposure. This makes it difficult to link the cause and effect. When symptoms such occur, they are often attributed to other, less serious causes. But a recent article in Diagnostic Cytopathology focuses on promising new diagnostic tips. Tips on Using 3 Different Diagnostic Tools Together For this case study, a single 63-year-old patient was used as an example. The team used a combination of tools … Continue reading New Clinical Tips for a Definitive Mesothelioma Diagnosis »

A 10-Year Study Confirms Longer Survival with Multimodal Therapy

A 10-Year Study Confirms Longer Survival with Multimodal Therapy

Multimodal therapy may give patients the best odds of surviving mesothelioma. Multimodal therapy often includes surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. A new article in the Journal of Chest Surgery detail the results of a new analysis of mesothelioma survival. Many Mesothelioma Therapies Malignant mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that rarely responds to a single cancer therapy. Malignant mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Usually, that happens in the workplace. Because mesothelioma is such a difficult cancer to treat, doctors often take a multi-faceted approach. This includes combining surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Yet even when combined, these therapies achieve only minimal success. And patients often face a grim prognosis. The 5-year survival rate of patients with mesothelioma … Continue reading A 10-Year Study Confirms Longer Survival with Multimodal Therapy »

Celebrating Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Celebrating Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is on September 26th each year. This day has helped to raise awareness about mesothelioma, the asbestos-caused cancer. This day is supported by patients, loved ones, caregivers, researchers, doctors, and survivors. There are many groups working towards a mesothelioma cancer cure. Many of these groups often provide social and financial support to patients. Participating in this day will help to spread information about mesothelioma. This helps raise funds for research on mesothelioma treatments. People can show their support and get involved in many ways. Check to see if there are any Mesothelioma Awareness Day events in your area. The mesothelioma community also comes together on this special day to connect and share their experiences. What Does a Mesothelioma Diagnosis Mean? Mesothelioma is … Continue reading Celebrating Mesothelioma Awareness Day »

Latest Classification Updates for Mesothelioma In Situ

Classification Updates for Mesothelioma In Situ

There are new guidelines on the diagnosis and classification of mesothelioma in situ. A new article in the Journal of Cancer Metastasis and Treatment talks about why these updates are important. The latest updates were first published by the World Health Organization (WHO). The previous WHO classification of pleural mesothelioma included three histological subtypes. But WHO recently recognized mesothelioma in situ as a fourth mesothelioma subtype. Pathologists can tell the difference between the subtypes by looking at the cells under a microscope. Each subtype has a slightly different cell shape, growth pattern, and nuclear characteristics. The fourth mesothelioma subtype is a very early form of mesothelioma. Previous studies suggest that it may be an early sign of mesothelioma. If patients … Continue reading Latest Classification Updates for Mesothelioma In Situ »

Humor Helps Stressed Veteran Mesothelioma Caregivers

Humor Helps Stressed Veteran Mesothelioma Caregivers

Mesothelioma, the asbestos-caused cancer, has a high symptom burden in British military veterans. There is little research on what it is like to live with mesothelioma as a veteran. Or what it is like for veteran mesothelioma caregivers. New research has been published in the journal of Illness, Crisis & Loss on this topic. The article highlights how veterans and their families cope with the stress of the disease. Asbestos Exposure in the British Military Malignant mesothelioma is a disease linked to asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure in the British Armed Forces has been documented. Many were exposed in damaged buildings during conflict and aid delivery. Mesothelioma is often diagnosed in older people, and survival rates are poor. Symptoms first appear … Continue reading Humor Helps Stressed Veteran Mesothelioma Caregivers »

New ‘Drug Factory’ Implant Eliminates Mesothelioma in Mice

New ‘Drug Factory’ Implant Eliminates Mesothelioma in Mice

A new ‘drug factory’ implant has eliminated advanced-stage mesothelioma tumors in mice. The treatment is effective in just a few days. It works by combining a “drug factory” implant with a checkpoint inhibitor drug. The news comes from researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine. The treatment worked in 100% of the animals treated. And it shows amazing hope for the future of mesothelioma. How the Treatment Works The treatment uses tiny drug-producing beads no larger than the tip of a needle. The beads go to work next to the mesothelioma tumor. Here, they work to produce continuous, high doses of interleukin-2 (IL-2). IL-2 is a natural compound that triggers white blood cells to fight cancer. The study … Continue reading New ‘Drug Factory’ Implant Eliminates Mesothelioma in Mice »

Cost Comparison of Immunotherapy vs. Traditional Chemotherapy in Mesothelioma

Cost Comparison of Immunotherapy vs. Traditional Chemotherapy in Mesothelioma

A new study does a cost comparison of immunotherapy over traditional chemotherapy. Immunotherapy and chemotherapy are common in the first-line treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. The news came from Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology. Traditional Chemotherapy In 2004, the FDA approved pemetrexed for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Pemetrexed is often taken together with cisplatin. It is for patients whose disease is either inoperable or who are not candidates for surgery. Pemetrexed + cisplatin/carboplatin are chemotherapy drugs. Chemotherapy is a group of toxic drugs that kill cells by damaging their DNA. They target both cancerous and healthy cells. Patients with this chemo regimen also take folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements. This helps to reduce side effects from the … Continue reading Cost Comparison of Immunotherapy vs. Traditional Chemotherapy in Mesothelioma »

High-Resolution Imaging for Mesothelioma Staging and Diagnosis

High-Resolution Imaging for Mesothelioma Staging and Diagnosis

High-resolution imaging is one of the most important tools for a clinician. A new report in the AME Surgical Journal shows the importance of better clinical imaging. It is key for accurate diagnosis and staging of malignant mesothelioma. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a complex disease. Mesothelioma diagnosis and accurate staging are often difficult to pin down. And the diagnosis is further complicated by different disease subtypes. Higher resolution diagnostic imaging plays an important role in diagnosis and staging. It shows tumor thickness or volumetric data. Future updates to the cancer staging system may use clinical imaging benchmarks. Importance and Use of Clinical Imaging Mesothelioma causes significant morbidity and mortality. And it remains a challenging disease to diagnose and stage accurately. … Continue reading High-Resolution Imaging for Mesothelioma Staging and Diagnosis »

Improving the Health and Lifestyle of Mesothelioma Patients

Improving the Health and Lifestyle of Mesothelioma Patients

Mesothelioma patients often have bad health outcomes and poor health-related quality of life. Common symptoms reported by mesothelioma patients are appetite loss and weight loss. Poor nutrition and low body mass index are also common. Most mesothelioma patients would welcome exercise and nutrition advice. This advice might help them cope with their cancer, and its symptoms, better. But there are barriers to getting this kind of information into the hands of people who need it. A clinical team from North Tyneside Hospital in the United Kingdom is looking into this. They have a new study called Help-Meso: Health and Lifestyle of Patients with Mesothelioma. Patients, caregivers, and health professionals will take part in the study. Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma and … Continue reading Improving the Health and Lifestyle of Mesothelioma Patients »

Predicting Survival in Patients with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Predicting Survival in Patients with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Researchers found a new way of predicting survival in malignant pleural mesothelioma patients. The prognostic model takes information from the health record to predict survival. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. The new prognostic model can help doctors decide on the best treatment plan. This is important for newly-diagnosed patients. And it will have a big impact on their prognosis and quality of life. Many factors can affect a malignant mesothelioma prognosis. Some relate to the patient’s overall health and disease stage or type. While others have to do with the type of treatment the patient undergoes. Several prognostic models have been developed for mesothelioma. These all include information from the patient’s record. And … Continue reading Predicting Survival in Patients with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma »

Get your free copy of
“Surviving Mesothelioma” Today!