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Uncertainly, Worry, and Hope Characterize the Experience of Mesothelioma

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The experience of mesothelioma is characterized by uncertainty and worry for some patients. But the same patients say they are also optimistic and hopeful.  These findings come from in-depth interviews with seven people with pleural mesothelioma. They were all patients at Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia.  This is not the first study on the lived experience of mesothelioma. But the authors say American mesothelioma patients are underrepresented in the medical literature. The US has a higher number of mesothelioma deaths each year than any other country.  The new study shows the experience of these patients is much like that of mesothelioma patients elsewhere in the world.  Fostering Understanding, Identifying Needs Mesothelioma is an extremely rare cancer with a poor prognosis. … Continue reading Uncertainly, Worry, and Hope Characterize the Experience of Mesothelioma »

IMRT for Mesothelioma: Experience Impacts Outcomes

A medical center’s level of experience with intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) can have a significant impact on the outcomes of mesothelioma patients who undergo the treatment. That conclusion comes from a new study conducted by cancer experts at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. IMRT is a precision method for delivering radiation into a tumor while protecting healthy cells from overexposure. Controlled by a computerized device called a linear accelerator, IMRT delivers beams of radiation in short bursts which give it the ability to conform radiation dose to the shape of a tumor. This ability to accurately target even oddly-shaped tumors is the reason some believe IMRT … Continue reading IMRT for Mesothelioma: Experience Impacts Outcomes »