Administering the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel directly into the abdomen of people with mesothelioma might offer a way to prevent metastatic peritoneal mesothelioma. That is the premise of a recent article by Dr. Paul Sugarbaker in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology. Dr. Sugarbaker is a global expert in peritoneal mesothelioma. He works at MedStar Washington Hospital in Washington, DC. Metastatic peritoneal mesothelioma is when mesothelioma cells spread. They move from their original spot to other parts of the abdomen. Paclitaxel can help prevent new tumors in people who already have some metastases. In his new article, Dr. Sugarbaker says the evidence suggests that it might also work to keep metastases from forming. Metastatic Peritoneal Mesothelioma Treatment Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer … Continue reading Paclitaxel May Prevent Metastatic Peritoneal Mesothelioma in High Risk People
New lung cancer screening guidelines for smokers might have an unexpected benefit for people who have also been exposed to asbestos: They may catch mesothelioma earlier. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a lung-related cancer caused by asbestos. It develops over many years. Many mesothelioma patients do not show any symptoms until the disease is very advanced. There is currently no routine screening for mesothelioma. The new lung cancer screening guidelines apply to people ages 50 to 80. They suggest that those who have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 20 years should have annual low-dose CT scans. If screening shows a tumor, doctors can dig further to determine its type. Both lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma are more … Continue reading New Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines Could Catch Some Mesotheliomas Earlier
A new Australian study suggests that exercise is unlikely to prevent mesothelioma development in people who have been exposed to asbestos. The study focused on asbestos-exposed mice. Asbestos cancer can take decades to develop. Researchers thought the long latency period might offer an opportunity to prevent mesothelioma development with physical activity. But even mice that had no mesothelioma symptoms were less likely than mice their same age to be physically active. How Mesothelioma Develops Over Time Malignant mesothelioma has one of the longest latency periods of any cancer. The latency period is the time between exposure to a carcinogen and development of the disease. Scientists know that asbestos can cause mesothelioma. But they have not found a way to prevent … Continue reading Exercise Unlikely to Prevent Mesothelioma Development
A supplement that claims to increase oxygen in the tissues might boost the effectiveness of mesothelioma treatment. That is the conclusion of researchers at Italy’s National Cancer Institute in Rome. The group tested the supplement Cellfood (CF) on several types of cancer cells in the lab. They also gave the supplement to mice with implanted human mesothelioma tumors. CF appeared to boost the effectiveness of mesothelioma treatment with radiation or chemoradiation. What is Cellfood? Cellfood (Deutrosultazyme) is a nutraceutical produced by NuScience Corporation. A nutraceutical is a nutritional supplement that may function like a drug in some ways. According to NuScience, Cellfood contains colloidal minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and dissolved oxygen. Lab studies show that it has antioxidant effects and … Continue reading Supplement May Boost the Effectiveness of Mesothelioma Treatment
The findings of a new lung cancer study suggest that eating yogurt and fiber might help reduce mesothelioma risk. The study in JAMA Oncology involved more than 1.4 lung cancer patients from around the world. Researchers assessed the results of 10 dietary studies between 2017 and 2019. They found a “synergistic association” between eating fiber and yogurt and a lower risk of lung cancer. Pleural mesothelioma is a lung-related cancer with many of the same characteristics as lung cancer. It is possible that the same dietary habits might reduce mesothelioma risk, too. The Yin and Yang of an Anti-Cancer Diet The lung cancer researchers did not choose to study yogurt and fiber randomly. Dietary fiber is the main source of … Continue reading Can Yogurt and Fiber Reduce Mesothelioma Risk?
Two separate lung cancer studies suggest that antioxidant supplements for mesothelioma patients may not be advisable. The studies appear in the most recent issue of the medical journal Cell. Both focus on the role of antioxidants in the growth and spread of lung cancer. Although mesothelioma is not the same as lung cancer, it affects the same area of the body and shares many of the same characteristics. The new research suggests that, instead of fighting cancer, antioxidant supplements for mesothelioma patients, might actually help it grow. Supplements for Cancer Patients Antioxidant vitamins like A, C, and E are plentiful in fruits and vegetables. Many people take antioxidant supplements to make up for a poor diet. These vitamins can help … Continue reading Antioxidant Supplements for Mesothelioma Patients Might be Dangerous
There is new evidence that a compound found in flaxseeds may help prevent malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. The compound is an anti-inflammatory which appears to calm down the overactive immune system after asbestos exposure in mice. Inflammation has long been considered a key factor in the development of mesothelioma. Scientists are hopeful that preventing it may also prevent malignant mesothelioma. Inflammatory Response to Asbestos Exposure Asbestos is a group of naturally-occuring minerals that cause cancer in people and animals. When a person accidentally breathes in or swallows asbestos fibers, they trigger an inflammatory response that can last for years. White blood cells flock to the area and damaging free radicals are produced. Over time, some cells may become … Continue reading Flaxseed Compound May Help Prevent Malignant Mesothelioma and Asbestosis