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First-Line Keytruda Treatment May Support Longer Mesothelioma Survival

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New data suggests first-line Keytruda treatment helps lung cancer patients more than chemotherapy – even if chemotherapy patients add Keytruda later. The news is likely to have implications for people with pleural mesothelioma, too. German researchers presented the data earlier this week at the World Lung Cancer Conference in Barcelona.  The presentation was based on three years of the KEYNOTE-024 trial. The trial focused on lung cancer. But Keytruda is also an up-and-coming drug for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is a lung-related cancer similar to non-small cell lung cancer.  Blocking PD-L1 with First-Line Keytruda Treatment Keytruda is the brand name for pembrolizumab. It is an immune checkpoint inhibitor that blocks a protein called PD-L1. To be eligible for first-line … Continue reading First-Line Keytruda Treatment May Support Longer Mesothelioma Survival »

Mesothelioma Staging Guidelines May Need Revisions

The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) says the current strategy for staging malignant pleural mesothelioma may need to be modified. According to an international team of IASLC member researchers, the current system, which was established by the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (IMIG) and has been widely used, has a number of flaws. First, in part because it was based on a retrospective analysis of a small group of mesothelioma surgical patients, it has limited value in clinical staging.  In addition, the IMIG mesothelioma staging guidelines use descriptors for lymph node involvement which the IASLC researchers say may not be relevant to mesothelioma. Because of these shortcomings, the IASLC has announced that it will work with the IMIG to … Continue reading Mesothelioma Staging Guidelines May Need Revisions »