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Surgical Techniques for Mesothelioma

While surgical techniques are not the most common effort when it comes to treating mesothelioma, the pleurectomy/decortication (P/D) is a technique that has been the most successful over the years. A recent study took a look at the different surgical techniques that can be used with P/D and noted the overall effects on the patient.

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Success in Lung Cancer Treatment Gives Hope to Mesothelioma Patients

The latest success concerning a treatment for non- small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has scientists and researchers hopeful that the same treatment can be applied to mesothelioma victims. The Phase III trial for Alecensa (alectinib), while currently not recruiting participants, is on-going and results thus far have shown to be promising for those with NSCLC.

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Treatment Used In Multiple Sclerosis May Be Used In Mesothelioma

Although still in the preliminary stages, scientists and researchers are excited to announce recent research involving a treatment that is used for certain types of multiple sclerosis (MS) and its effects on combating mesothelioma. This therapeutic agent is called Immune System Modulator FTY720 (fingolimod) and is interestingly derived from a certain type of fungus called

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Nintedanib and Pembrolizumab – Hope for Mesothelioma Patients

The latest findings in cancer treatments for the often fatal mesothelioma have scientists and researchers hopeful that they are one step closer in finding a consistent, effective treatment for the asbestos-caused cancer. The LUME-Meso Phase II trial for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma focused on the administration of the triple angiokinase inhibitor called Nintedanib. This oral

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National Asbestos Awareness Week: April 1 – April 7, 2017

On March 29, 2017 the U.S. Senate passed S. Res.98; a resolution designating the first week of April as “National Asbestos Awareness Week” in an attempt to warn and educate the public about asbestos exposure and its deadly health effects. Despite it being a known carcinogen and its ban in many countries, it is not

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Your Asbestosis Could Lead to Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma

Asbestosis, while not a cancerous condition, is serious and potentially life-threatening chronic disease that is caused by breathing in asbestos fibers. A person who has been diagnosed with asbestosis has a much higher chance of developing lung cancer or pleural mesothelioma, a fatal cancer affecting the lining of the lungs. While not all asbestosis cases

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Call Your State Senators to Oppose the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act

A new bill was approved by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee that could damage the asbestos claims process and prevent victims of asbestos-related diseases from ever seeing any sort of monetary compensation before they pass. The legislation is “H.R. 906” and is referred to as the “Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act.” If this bill is

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Nutritional Status and Tumor Thickness Helps Determine Mesothelioma Prognosis

The overall nutritional health of a patient suffering from mesothelioma can have major impact on how the patient will respond to treatment, which affects patient survival. To determine a patient’s nutritional factors on a more exact basis, researchers and scientists from Japan used a scoring system called Controlling Nutritional Status score, or CONUT. CONUT scores

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Despite Asbestos Regulations, CDC Reports Increase in Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is specifically caused by asbestos exposure. The cancer affects the lining surrounding various organs and cavities within the body called the mesothelium. Asbestos fibers, which are nearly invisible, sharp, and easily inhaled, become embedded in this soft tissue. The body is unable to break down or expel the

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Partial Repeal in the ACA Preserves Provisions for Residents in Libby, Montana

The dangers of asbestos have affected thousands of residents in the small town of Libby, Montana for decades. In 1919, the town that was once known for its logging industry discovered vermiculite mines – a naturally occurring mineral that is useful for fire-proofing, wall and loft insulation, and even soil conditioning.  W.R. Grace bought the

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Immunotherapy Drug Tremelimumab Not As Effective As Hoped

Mesothelioma’s aggressive nature makes it difficult to treat with common cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Scientists and researchers are constantly looking for new ways to treat mesothelioma outside of chemotherapy and radiation, such as gene therapy or immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a novel approach and sometimes a more viable option for those suffering from

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The Latest Clinical Trial for Nintedanib – Are You a Candidate?

Scientists and researchers are excited over the latest completion of a Phase II clinical trial for those suffering from mesothelioma – an incurable asbestos-caused cancer that has a median survival of only 9 to 12 months.  The LUME-Meso Phase II trial for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma showed a slight increase in progression-free and overall

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Lack of Treatment Responses for Mesothelioma, Proteins Combat Metastasis

Mesothelioma is an incredibly difficult cancer to treat. Its late stage diagnosis coupled with its aggressive nature leaves victims without very much time to combat this fatal cancer. There are a variety of treatment options available to those suffering from mesothelioma, even though there is no cure. Surgery Radiation Chemotherapy Intraoperative photodynamic therapy Immunotherapy Gene

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Lung-Sparing Surgery Dramatically Improves Prognosis for Mesothelioma Patients

Those suffering from mesothelioma know that the prognosis is grim. The average life expectancy for someone who is recently diagnosed is only eight months. Chemotherapy is the standard treatment for mesothelioma, but in most cases, the cancer is too far advanced for chemotherapy to be effective. Surgery for mesothelioma is possible but results from surgery

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Chemical Components In Peppers and Sea Cucumbers May Combat Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is difficult to treat for a number of reasons. The long latency period before initial diagnosis means that the cancer is typically in advanced stages by the time it is discovered. A built-up resistance to common cancer treatments also makes it difficult for treatment to have a positive effect on cancer victims. This contributes

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