Mesothelioma is lung cancer One of the most common areas of the body where mesothelioma develops is the lung, and because of this, many misunderstand mesothelioma to be a type of lung cancer. In actuality, mesothelioma is cancer of the mesothelium – found in the lining of the heart, lungs, abdomen, or internal reproductive organs.
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Pleurectomy and Decortication (P/D) is a two-part surgical procedure that removes the pleural lining around the lungs (pleurectomy) and tumors along the surface area of the lung (decortication). To qualify for this surgery, mesothelioma patients must be in overall good health, and in the early stages of the disease. Since mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer
Out of all the types of mesothelioma, pericardial mesothelioma is one of the rarest forms, accounting for only 0.002% of all known diagnosed mesothelioma cases. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure, and despite this knowledge and years of research, scientists and researchers still do not have a clear answer as to how the asbestos fibers
Mesothelioma is rare and aggressive asbestos-caused cancer in which there is no cure. The cancer affects the lining that surrounds various organs and cavities in the body; most tumors are commonly found in the lining of lungs and the chest (the pleura), making up two thirds of all diagnosed cases. Peritoneal mesothelioma, sometimes referred to
Immunotherapy treatments are becoming known alternatives to chemotherapy in cancer patients who have had little success with traditional cancer treatments. With mesothelioma, often times first line treatments have little effect because the cancer is typically in the advanced stages by the time it is detected. While there currently is no cure for mesothelioma, scientists and
The average survival rate for mesothelioma after diagnosis is less than one year; however, certain individuals will survive longer than others, but the reason as to why this is, is largely unknown. The latest study to be published in Histopathology investigates what it is in the body that determines a higher survival rate in some,
A mesothelioma diagnosis often a grim one; fatality rates are high as there is no known cure. Treatment can help alleviate pain and symptoms, but more often than not, patients will succumb to this deadly asbestos-caused disease. While treatment has proven to be difficult, diagnosing mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused illnesses is often just as challenging.
Since mesothelioma is often difficult to treat, scientists and researchers look to combination treatments and therapies to improve chances of patients’ survival. There is no “one” treatment that is used across the board in treating mesothelioma, because patients react differently, whether it is to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, or surgery. A research team from MD
Rare and aggressive in nature, mesothelioma is often a fatal cancer mainly due to its lack of response to most treatments. Surgical options have a higher chance of success for those in the early stages of the disease, but since there is a long latency period between asbestos exposure and symptoms of mesothelioma, often times
Recognized as one of the six types of asbestos, tremolite is considered to be one of the more deadly forms of asbestos due to its long, sharp, needle-like fibers that are easily inhaled and embedded in the soft tissue of the lungs and surrounding organs. Tremolite is generally found in other minerals such as vermiculite,
Tremelimumab Earlier in the spring of 2017, scientists and researchers from the University of Salford in the UK published a special report questioning the effectiveness of the new immunotherapy treatment known as tremelimumab. Trials of the check point inhibitor did not show promising results and there was concern about the drug’s effectiveness, safety, and tolerability.
When it comes to different treatments for mesothelioma patients, there is no shortage of diversity, as options include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, immune-based therapies, gene-based therapies, and more. Chemotherapy treatments cisplatin and pemetrexed are first line treatments, especially among those who do not quality for surgery. Radiation treatment is available, but is typically the path less
The term “high-risk predisposition,” is a well-known term in the cancer world that means a person could have certain genetic factors or other factors that places him or her at a higher risk for certain cancers. For mesothelioma, a high risk factor is the mutated BAP1 gene: a tumor suppressor that is responsible for encoding
Known as a bisphosphonate, zoledronic acid is typically used for bone diseases such as osteoporosis, and to treat high calcium levels in the blood that can lead to other health complications. Nitrogen containing bisphosphonates like zoledronic acid are known to have cancer suppressing qualities, and scientists and researchers were eager to find out if zoledronic
Asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma and asbestosis have been known to develop over a period of decades, affecting people years and years since their last exposure. Many studies over the years have suggested that the length of the amount of time that has passed since initial exposure and subsequent symptoms can increase the risk of
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