For mesothelioma patients who are not candidates for surgery, new research suggests that an escalated dose of radiotherapy in the right place may help slow the cancer’s progression. Mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining around the lungs and other organs, is hard to treat with traditional therapies in part because of its atypical configuration. The cancer tends to spread across the thin, membranous tissue of the mesothelium in a ‘sheet’ formation, rather than a solid mass. The odd shape of mesothelioma tumors not only makes them difficult to remove surgically, but can also make them challenging to treat with radiation without harming vital organs beneath such as the lungs. But a group of radiology researchers in Milan, Italy found that, … Continue reading Mesothelioma Radiation ‘Boost’: A Surgical Alternative?
Therapies that trigger an immune response against mesothelioma tumors could potentially enhance the effectiveness of current treatments, but more research is still needed to find the most effective way to deliver these immune therapies, according to a study published online in the journal, Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. Because mesothelioma is such a difficult cancer to treat, doctors typically take a multi-faceted approach, using a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Yet even when combined, these therapies achieve only minimal success and patients often face a grim prognosis. In their search for new and better treatment options, researchers have started to focus on therapies that stimulate the body’s own immune response against the cancer. In both animal and human studies, … Continue reading Mesothelioma Treatment May Get Boost From Immune Therapy