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Lymphoma Drug May Fight Mesothelioma, Too

A drug granted accelerated FDA approval for the treatment of lymphomas appears to kill some types mesothelioma cells, too. Cancer researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Case Medical Center have just released some encouraging findings on the drug called brentuximab vedotin. Sold under the brand name Adcetris, brentuximab vedotin targets CD30, a protein that acts as a regulator of programmed cell death (apoptosis) by interacting with smaller proteins called cytokines. Certain cancers, including Hodgkin’s disease and anaplastic large cell lymphoma, have been found to overexpress CD30, making it easier for tumors to grow. Based on the success of brentuximab vedotin in lymphoma trials, and given the relatively low success rate of most standard mesothelioma treatments, the team elected to test the … Continue reading Lymphoma Drug May Fight Mesothelioma, Too »