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Orphan Drug Approval Could Mean New Mesothelioma Treatment Option

A drug designed to fight cancer by destroying the stem cells that give rise to new cancer cells has been granted orphan drug status for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. The designation paves the way for mesothelioma patients, who often have few treatment options, to get access to VS-5584 earlier than it would otherwise be available. VS-5584 is a powerful inhibitor of a signaling pathway that regulates cancer progression and the survival of cancer stem cells. According to Verastem, the Boston-based maker of VS-5584, the drug has already received a similar designation for mesothelioma in Europe. “This is an important regulatory milestone for Verastem and… will facilitate our global development of VS-5584 to help improve the available treatment options for patients suffering … Continue reading Orphan Drug Approval Could Mean New Mesothelioma Treatment Option »

Mesothelioma Treatment May Get Boost From Immune Therapy

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 »