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Predicting Mesothelioma Outcomes with Blood Tests

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Two separate teams of Japanese researchers are delving into the possibilities of blood serum indicators that could help predict outcomes in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Pleural mesothelioma, a cancer that starts on the lining around the lungs, is the most common form of the disease. It occurs most often in people who have inadvertently inhaled asbestos dust. Mesothelioma is highly resistant to conventional treatments. It is also difficult to predict which patients are likely to do well with standard therapies and which are not, which is referred to as prognosis. But researchers worldwide are continually searching for new ways to diagnose and predict the prognosis of patients with … Continue reading Predicting Mesothelioma Outcomes with Blood Tests »

New Blood Test May Help Diagnose Mesothelioma Earlier

Investigators in California are evaluating new technology that could eventually help diagnose mesothelioma with a simple blood test. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.  It strikes about 2,500 people in the U.S. each year.  But its rarity – and its tendency to mimic other lung-related diseases – can make mesothelioma hard to diagnose.  In recent years, some mesothelioma centers have begun evaluating the DNA composition of suspected mesothelioma cells using a test called a DNA array. Now, a group of researchers in California reports that a different type of evaluation – one that looks for abnormal sugars (glycans) in blood serum – may offer another diagnostic option for mesothelioma.  Anti-glycan antibodies are produced by the immune system … Continue reading New Blood Test May Help Diagnose Mesothelioma Earlier »

Study Advises Caution For Mesothelioma Blood Test

Australian researchers are warning that a blood test used to help diagnose mesothelioma could indicate the presence of another disease instead. Mesothelin is a protein that occurs naturally in cells of the mesothelium, the membrane that surrounds and protects internal organs. The recent finding that blood levels of mesothelin are elevated in mesothelioma patients was a breakthrough for the asbestos-linked cancer that can be difficult to diagnose.  More than half of the mesothelioma patients tested had significantly elevated serum mesothelin at diagnosis, prompting doctors to begin using serum mesothelin as a diagnostic tool. But now a new study suggests that serum mesothelin can also be significantly elevated in people with kidney disease and recommends that doctors take that into consideration when looking … Continue reading Study Advises Caution For Mesothelioma Blood Test »

Mesothelioma Detected by Advanced Blood and Tissue Tests

Mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, can be extremely difficult to diagnose.  Not only do the symptoms, which can include shortness of breath, weight loss and fatigue, mimic many other, less serious conditions, but some patients have no symptoms at all until the disease is in its advanced stages. For this reason, many physicians now combine traditional cancer diagnostic techniques such as biopsy, X-ray, CT and PET scans with advanced blood and tissue tests designed to detect signs of the disease and help direct treatment.  The Mesomark assay blood test, developed by Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc. and released in Europe in 2005 is one such test.  Mesomark tests for the presence and amount of Soluble Mesothelin-Related Peptides … Continue reading Mesothelioma Detected by Advanced Blood and Tissue Tests »