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Acupuncture as Potential Palliative Care for Mesothelioma Patients

When one thinks of acupuncture, one may envision a nice relaxing trip to a day spa, where after a long massage or a relaxing facial, tension in body can be further relieved through this ancient practice where thin needles are inserted into the body. However, this traditional Chinese medicine may benefit cancer patients by helping

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Quality of Life After Pleurectomy/Decortication vs. Extra Pleural Pneumonectomy

On the rare instance that mesothelioma is diagnosed in the early stages of the disease, patients have the option for surgery.  There are several surgical procedures used to treat mesothelioma. Some mesothelioma surgeries aim to provide a curative effect, while others are performed for palliative purposes. Pleurectomy/decortication (P/D) and extra pleural pneumonectomy (EPP) are two

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Phase 1 Clinical Trial For Those With Peritoneal Mesothelioma Underway

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer affecting only about 3,000 Americans each year. Most of those diagnosed are diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, but a small number (approx. 500 per year) are diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, which is mesothelioma in the abdominal lining. With so few diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, studying and evaluating the illness has been

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Decade Long Study Reveals Potential for Early Detection in Mesothelioma

For many patients who are suffering from malignant mesothelioma, their diagnosis came quickly after experiencing symptoms. In many cases, this is because symptoms of mesothelioma typically do not appear until the cancer has fully developed and it’s in the later stages. For those suffering from pleural mesothelioma – the most common type – 90 percent

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Researchers Theorize Drug from the 1800s Could Improve Radiation Treatments in Mesothelioma Patients

Radiation therapy for those suffering from mesothelioma is not typically the first line of treatment because of its overall effectiveness. High-energy x-rays, gamma rays, and neutrons that make up radiation treatment aim to shrink tumors and ultimately kill cancer cells, but since mesothelioma tumors often have an irregular shape, it can be difficult to target

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Phase III Clinical Trial for Nintedanib Discontinued After Yielding Negative Results

Disappointing results from the LUME-Phase III clinical trial regarding nintedanib is a setback for scientists and researchers who were hopeful they were on the brink of finding a new, first line treatment for those suffering from mesothelioma. Results from the Phase II clinical trial – published earlier this year – showed promise for the triple

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Survival Improves in Mesothelioma Patients who Received an Electricity-Based Treatment

The success of a recent Phase II clinical trial in malignant pleural mesothelioma has scientists and researchers excited about the possibility of adding a new treatment that will not only improve survival, but also improve quality of life of the cancer patient. Tumor Treating Fields, which is a therapy that uses alternating electric fields to

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Asbestos Related Deaths Reportedly Double Previous Estimations In the United States

Since the dangers of asbestos exposure began to come to light over 40 years ago, regulations have been implemented to ban asbestos in most household products and to severely limit asbestos exposure in the workplace. Asbestos is a known carcinogen that causes lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other life-threatening diseases, and these regulations not only

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Sarcopenia in Relation to Overall Survival in Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma only affects about 500 people each year, but its aggressive nature makes it hard to treat successfully and many who are diagnosed will on average survive only 6 to 12 months. Peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer affecting the abdominal lining, or peritoneum, which is why it is sometimes referred to as abdominal mesothelioma. Asbestos

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CAR T-Cell Therapy Research for Mesothelioma and Other Cancers

In malignant pleural mesothelioma, mesothelin – a protein that can be over expressed in many cancers – is present in 80 percent to 90 percent of all these cases. However, it is not common to see mesothelin on mesothelial cells, which allows for potential targeted treatment. CAR T -cell therapy is a type of treatment

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Empathetic Nurses Have Positive Impact on Cellular Activity in Pleural Mesothelioma Patients

A mesothelioma diagnosis and the treatment involved take a dramatic toll on the body and the mind, and with no known cure for mesothelioma, it is understandable that many feel loss of hope and despair. However, a recent study showed that having good mental health can improve treatment outcome, and it is directly related to

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Decrease in Survival Rate Among Those Who Receive Non-traditional Cancer Treatment

Complementary medicine and alternative medicine may sound one in the same, but are vastly different in how each is used, and varying results often make people wary of its true effectiveness. Alternative medicine is atypical, and not used with any sort of mainstream treatment. Complementary medicine, sometimes referred to as integrative medicine, is unconventional medicine

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New Surgical Technique Illuminates Previously Undetected Mesothelioma Tumors

In addition to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy, those suffering from mesothelioma also have the option for surgery (if they are physically able). Surgery is one of the better options for mesothelioma patients because it can remove most if not all the cancer; however, often times since the cancer is generally diagnosed in the later

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Metal-based Compound May Reduce Tumor Size in Pleural, Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Mesothelial cells are found in the lining of major organs such as the chest or the abdomen. When asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they slice through the soft tissue and become embedded in the lining of these organs. These fibers cause genetic mutations in the mesothelial cells which then cause the cells to reproduce

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Potential Breakthrough in Immunotherapy after Nivolumab Study Results

Immunotherapy treatments have once again made headlines, revolutionizing modern medicine and the way we have come to understand cancer treatment. The latest study results published in the American Journal of Case Reports, focuses on Opdivo (nivolumab), a type of check point inhibitor designed to stop immune cells from attacking the healthy cells that are needed

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Last update: March 06, 2014. 08:41:31 pm.