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The Challenges of Diagnosing Mesothelioma

The Challenges of Diagnosing Mesothelioma

The case of a 67-year-old man complaining of abdominal pain is a sobering example of the challenges of diagnosing malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. Malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops from the thin layer of tissue that covers many of the body’s internal organs. When mesothelioma grows in the lining of the abdomen, it’s called malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. Malignant mesothelioma is generally caused by exposure to asbestos. This exposure usually happens on the job, and it can take years for symptoms to appear. In this case, the elderly man went to the emergency room for help with abdominal pain. This pain had been getting worse over the last month. He was also experiencing shortness of breath and fatigue. After … Continue reading The Challenges of Diagnosing Mesothelioma »

New Mesothelioma Diagnosis Technique

New Mesothelioma Diagnosis Technique

A patient was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma using a new technique. Her doctors used endobronchial ultrasound and endoscopic ultrasound-guided biopsy at the same time. These two techniques are less invasive than the usual diagnostic procedures. This could be helpful for diagnosing mesothelioma patients who are in poor health. Signs of Cancer Mesothelioma, an asbestos-linked malignancy that starts on the membrane around the lungs, can be difficult to diagnose. Mesothelioma diagnosis usually involves several tests. Patients may have imaging scans, blood tests, and a biopsy. By the time mesothelioma is finally diagnosed, it may already be too late for treatment to help. A 48-year-old woman went to the hospital because she had been experiencing shortness of breath and coughing for … Continue reading New Mesothelioma Diagnosis Technique »

Ultrasound More Accurate for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Ultrasound More Accurate for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Ultrasound may be a more accurate and cheaper option than CT scans for malignant pleural mesothelioma. A group of Italian researchers examined the use of ultrasound to help diagnose malignant pleural mesothelioma. The goal was to help doctors locate optimal sites for biopsies. Diagnosing Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops from mesothelium cells. The mesothelium is the lining that covers many of our internal organs. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, a toxic substance used in industrial and consumer products. When mesothelioma develops in the lining of our lungs, it is called malignant pleural mesothelioma. It can take around 40 years for malignant pleural mesothelioma to develop after asbestos exposure. Diagnosing malignant pleural … Continue reading Ultrasound More Accurate for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma »

The Most Accurate Way to Diagnosis Mesothelioma

The Most Accurate Way to Diagnosis Mesothelioma

A new study out of India shared new findings on the most accurate way to diagnose mesothelioma. Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare type of cancer. The peritoneum is the membrane that lines your abdominal cavity. MPM forms in this lining and spreads within the abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. MPM is likely caused by ingesting asbestos that become stuck in the abdomen. It can take up to 50 years for MPM to form and cause symptoms after asbestos exposure. It can be hard for doctors to diagnose MPM. This is because MPM is so rare and the symptoms often look like more common diseases. A delayed diagnosis leads to delayed treatment and a lower … Continue reading The Most Accurate Way to Diagnosis Mesothelioma »

New Model for the Diagnosis of Mesothelioma

New Model for the Diagnosis of Mesothelioma

A new model studied by researchers from China could help doctors to tell two different cancers apart. Mesothelioma scan results can often be confused with another cancer, called metastatic pleural disease (MPD). Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that develops in the linings of internal organs. When the cancer grows in the lining of the lungs, it is called malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). This is because the lining the of the lungs and chest are called the pleura. MPD also forms in the lining of the lungs. This cancer starts to grow in a different organ and spreads to the lung. Unlike mesothelioma, it is not caused by exposure to asbestos. Difficulties in the Diagnosis of Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is … Continue reading New Model for the Diagnosis of Mesothelioma »

Ultrasound for Diagnosing Mesothelioma

New Mesothelioma Diagnosis Technique

A team of researchers in China analyzed the accuracy of a specific kind of ultrasound for diagnosing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Even though it is a rare cancer, the global incidence of mesothelioma has been rising over the past decade worldwide. One of the biggest challenges with mesothelioma is getting a definitive diagnosis. Mesothelioma diagnosis usually involves several tests. Patients may have imaging scans, blood tests, and a biopsy. By the time mesothelioma is finally diagnosed, it may already be too late for treatment to help. Getting an Accurate Diagnosis A biopsy involves examining a sample of tissue from a patient’s body to find out if they have a … Continue reading Ultrasound for Diagnosing Mesothelioma »

New Tool Estimates Survival in Mesothelioma Patients

New Tool Estimates Survival in Mesothelioma Patients

Researchers in China have developed a new tool to estimate survival in patients with mesothelioma. This will help doctors to create effective treatment plans for mesothelioma patients.   A Rare Form of Cancer   Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects almost 2,000 Americans every year. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. The WHO predicts that cases of mesothelioma will be more common in the future. The five-year survival rate for mesothelioma patients is less than 10%.   Mesothelioma is hard to diagnose because it takes a long time to develop symptoms. By the time a doctor diagnoses a patient with mesothelioma, it can be difficult to treat.   Limited treatment options are available for mesothelioma. Treatment plans usually … Continue reading New Tool Estimates Survival in Mesothelioma Patients »

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 »

New Tips for Diagnosing Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma

New Tips for Diagnosing Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that often mimics other conditions. This can make it difficult to get a definitive diagnosis. But a new report in Pathology Case Reviews provides tips for identifying peritoneal mesothelioma. Diagnosing Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is usually diagnosed after a person experiencing symptoms goes to a doctor. Patients often complain of vague abdominal symptoms, such as pain, nausea, bloating, weight loss. Distinguishing peritoneal mesothelioma from other cancers is important to ensure appropriate treatment. One thing a doctor may do is perform a tissue biopsy. The doctor will remove a part of the tissue (suspected mesothelioma) for examination. A biopsy is the “gold standard” and the single most important procedure for an accurate diagnosis. Doctors … Continue reading New Tips for Diagnosing Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma »

COVID-19 Pandemic Had Little Or No Impact On New Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnoses

COVID-19 Pandemic Had Little Or No Impact On New Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnoses

A new study published in Thoracic Cancer discussed the impact of COVID‐19 pandemic on new mesothelioma diagnoses in Italy. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare disease of great interest to the scientific community and to public health. This is due to its high lethality and its association with asbestos exposure. The timely diagnosis of mesothelioma is important. Although it may not change the prognosis of the disease, it can help in treatment strategies. It can also help in documenting previous exposure to asbestos. This can contribute to any request for compensation. New Study Shows Promising Results During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a delay in the diagnosis of oncological diseases. This was because many departments were converted into COVID wards. And … Continue reading COVID-19 Pandemic Had Little Or No Impact On New Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnoses »