Avoid exposure to asbestos – especially if you are a smoker. That is the central message in an article by two Dutch cancer researchers who have some good news and some bad news about the link between asbestos exposure and malignant pleural mesothelioma. Pulmonologists Dr. Paul Baas and Dr. JA Burgers of AVL/NKI Cancer Center in Amsterdam analyzed a study of 58,279 Dutch construction workers from 1986 to 2007. The study, published by Offermans et al in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, confirmed what past research has found – that the risk of lung cancer, laryngeal cancer, and mesothelioma increased as asbestos exposure increased. “The risk of development of … Continue reading How Much Asbestos Can Cause Mesothelioma?
Patients with peritoneal mesothelioma face a poorer prognosis if they smoke or drink alcohol, finds a new study from researchers in Sydney, Australia. The good news from the study is that removing as much of the tumor as possible with surgery (cytoreduction) can extend patients’ survival. Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare cancer, but people who develop it survive an average of just 7 to 13 months. The poor survival is largely due to the late stage at which the cancer is often diagnosed. Researchers launched the current study to determine which factors might prolong patient survival. The study included 20 patients with peritoneal mesothelioma who were treated at the University of New South Wales Department of Surgery between 1997 and 2008. The … Continue reading Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survival Linked to Smoking and Alcohol