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European Group Issues Updated Treatment Guidelines for Mesothelioma

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A group of medical researchers has just released an updated set of clinical practice guidelines for treating patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, one of the rarest and most treatment-resistant forms of cancer. The guidelines, released by the European Society for Medical Oncology and published in the newest issue of the Annals of Oncology, contain six sets of recommendations designed to support clinicians in the management of mesothelioma from diagnosis to treatment and follow-up. Recommendation for Mesothelioma Diagnosis The updated ESMO mesothelioma guidelines recommend that all patients undergo a thorough occupational history with emphasis on asbestos exposure and a CT scan of their chest. They also recommend that all patients with pleural thickening have a biopsy but do not recommend routine … Continue reading European Group Issues Updated Treatment Guidelines for Mesothelioma »

Pleural Mesothelioma Gets New Clinical Guidelines

Physicians around the country who treat patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma are getting familiar with the first-ever guidelines for handling this rare disease. The new guidelines were presented in March at the 15th Annual Conference of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) by Lee M. Krug, MD of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer of the lining around the lungs and other organs and is caused primarily by exposure to asbestos. In the United States, about 2,000 people annually are diagnosed with the disease, which can lay dormant for 20 to 50 years after contact with asbestos. It is four times more common in men than in women. Although there have been accepted practice … Continue reading Pleural Mesothelioma Gets New Clinical Guidelines »