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Cells Talking in the Tumor Microenvironment: Cracking the Code

Tumor Microenvironment

The tumor microenvironment and stroma cells affect the progression and treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. A new study shows how cells support the malignancy of mesothelioma and potential therapies. Malignant pleural mesothelioma has a unique and complex tumor microenvironment. A new study recently showed that the tumor microenvironment plays a key role in cancer initiation and progression. Scientists are seeking to understand how cancer and non-cancer cells communicate. Cancer and Non-Cancer Cells Talk to Each Other When white blood cells do not filter out asbestos fibers, other cells in the body are able to begin growing cancerous mesothelial cells. Scientists are seeking to understand how cancer and non-cancer cells communicate in the body. Non-cancer cells include immune cells and stromal … Continue reading Cells Talking in the Tumor Microenvironment: Cracking the Code »

Mesothelioma Therapies Benefit from Immune Approaches

Vaccines work by teaching the body’s immune system to recognize and destroy the germs that cause disease. That same principle is now being applied to vaccines against mesothelioma and other cancers. Vaccines and other immune-based therapies (immunotherapies) could be one of the new strategies to treat mesothelioma. This therapeutic approach may enhance the effectiveness of current treatments (including chemotherapy and radiation) while reducing side effects, according to a report published in the February/March issue of Cell Adhesion & Migration. Doctors have long realized that the immune system plays an important role in fighting cancer. Tumor associated proteins called tumor antigens are expressed on the surface of cancer cells. These are signals that could trigger the immune system to launch a … Continue reading Mesothelioma Therapies Benefit from Immune Approaches »