Asbestos-Contaminated Insulation May Raise Mesothelioma Risk for Homeowners

People who live in houses with loose-fill asbestos insulation may be up to five times more likely to eventually develop deadly malignant mesothelioma. That is the finding of a 30-year Australian study of more than a million people in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), where asbestos-containing insulation had been used in some houses. The study found that, not only do residents of asbestos-insulated homes have … Continue reading Asbestos-Contaminated Insulation May Raise Mesothelioma Risk for Homeowners »

Modified Surgical Approach May Boost Pleural Mesothelioma Survival

For people with malignant pleural mesothelioma, surgery often offers the best odds of survival. But surgery can also come at a heavy cost in terms of pain, post-surgical side effects, and quality of life. Even lung-sparing pleurectomy with decortication, the least radical of the two major types of mesothelioma surgery, can cause life-threatening complications. But a new Italian study suggests that it may be possible … Continue reading Modified Surgical Approach May Boost Pleural Mesothelioma Survival »

Mindfulness May Help Mesothelioma Patients Cope

There is new evidence that lung cancer patients who receive training in mindfulness can dramatically lower their feelings of stress and anxiety. Lung-related cancers like pleural mesothelioma and non-small cell lung cancer have been shown to produce some of the highest levels of anxiety of any cancer. Although there are differences between the asbestos cancer malignant mesothelioma and other types of lung cancer, both malignancies tend … Continue reading Mindfulness May Help Mesothelioma Patients Cope »

Breath​ ​Test​ ​May​ ​Finally​ ​Offer​ ​a​ ​Way​ ​to​ ​Screen​ ​for​ ​Pleural​ ​Mesothelioma

Earlier diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma may be just a breath away. A new Belgian study shows that two kinds of breath-analyzing tests may finally offer an accurate way to screen for the deadly asbestos cancer. An accurate screening tool could lead to earlier mesothelioma diagnosis, earlier intervention, and, potentially, better treatment outcomes. Pleural mesothelioma is an extremely rare but aggressive cancer caused almost exclusively … Continue reading Breath​ ​Test​ ​May​ ​Finally​ ​Offer​ ​a​ ​Way​ ​to​ ​Screen​ ​for​ ​Pleural​ ​Mesothelioma »

Many Pleural Mesothelioma Patients May Be Missing Out on Life-Extending Treatments

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Too many patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma are not getting the trimodality treatment protocol that could significantly change their outcomes. That is the finding of a newly-published study conducted at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Researchers reviewed the records of more than 20,000 patients in the National Cancer Database with a definitive diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma between 2004 and 2014. They discovered that, … Continue reading Many Pleural Mesothelioma Patients May Be Missing Out on Life-Extending Treatments »

Protein May Help Predict Complications After Peritoneal Mesothelioma Surgery

Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center say they may have found a way to help predict which peritoneal mesothelioma patients are most likely to develop complications after cytoreductive surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Cytoreductive surgery to remove as much of a mesothelioma tumor as possible, followed by a rinse of heated chemotherapy drugs in the abdomen is known as CRS + HIPEC. It has become a … Continue reading Protein May Help Predict Complications After Peritoneal Mesothelioma Surgery »

A New Approach to Reducing Mesothelioma Risk in Asbestos-Exposed People

The Japanese researchers who first suggested that removing iron from the body could help prevent malignant mesothelioma have come up with a way to make the process even easier and safer. In their original 2016 study, scientists at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine induced a pre-mesothelioma state in lab rats by injecting their abdomens with deadly crocidolite asbestos. As predicted, the rats exhibited all … Continue reading A New Approach to Reducing Mesothelioma Risk in Asbestos-Exposed People »

Immune System Changes Could Signal Mesothelioma Risk

The state of an asbestos-exposed person’s immune system might give doctors clues about how likely they are to develop malignant mesothelioma. It’s a fear for any person who has worked around asbestos – that one day they may develop the asbestos-linked cancer, mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma can take decades to develop, causes few symptoms at first, and is extremely hard to treat. Right now, there is … Continue reading Immune System Changes Could Signal Mesothelioma Risk »

Fish and Sunlight May Lower Mesothelioma Risk

Want to lower your risk for malignant mesothelioma and other common cancers? Get more sunlight, eat more fish, and consider Vitamin D supplements. That advice comes from Michael Holick, MD, PhD, a long-time expert in Vitamin D at Boston University and is supported by a growing body of new research. In an article in the Journal of Clinical & Translational Endocrinology, Dr. Holick discusses the … Continue reading Fish and Sunlight May Lower Mesothelioma Risk »

Improving Communication for Mesothelioma Patients and Providers

When it comes to communicating with malignant mesothelioma patients and their families, a longitudinal approach where patients are followed throughout their cancer journey may be most effective. That is the suggestion of a lung  cancer communication study newly published in the European Journal of Cancer Care. Researchers at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the University of Utah Population Health Sciences Department conducted interviews … Continue reading Improving Communication for Mesothelioma Patients and Providers »

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