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First FDA Approved Mesothelioma Treatment in 15 Years to be Used Soon

A new cancer treatment using electricity has been approved for use in mesothelioma patients. The NovoTTF-100L uses Tumor Treating Fields, which are electric signals tuned to a specific frequency, to disrupt cancerous cell division. The fields are applied to the patient with adhesive bandages and are used for at least 18 hours a day. This

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CAR T-Cell Therapy Could Soon be used on Mesothelioma Patients

An immunotherapy treatment that utilizes T cells to fight cancer may soon be covered by Medicare for mesothelioma patients. Immunotherapy is still an emerging set of cancer treatments that utilizes the patient’s own immune system to fight and kill cancer cells. The specific treatment that uses T cells is called chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell

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MicroRNA Could be used to Quickly Diagnose Mesothelioma

Biomarkers are measureable substances that indicate if someone has a disease. Doctors and researchers are able to find different substances within a person’s body and deduce that the person has a specific type of cancer. Researchers have found a relatively new biomarker called microRNA, which could possibly be used to diagnose mesothelioma. MicroRNAs control gene

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Opdivo and MTG201 Together Could Potentially Treat Mesothelioma

Typical cancer treatments are hard on the body and are not always effective. When treating someone for cancer, chemotherapy is typically used, which kills cancer cells or stops them from growing or spreading. Chemotherapy can also kill healthy cells, which makes it hard on the body. Immunotherapy is another option, and it works by helping

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Dendritic Cell Therapy Could be used to Treat Mesothelioma

Immunotherapy is a blossoming field that is becoming more advanced. Instead of other treatments that kill healthy cells in addition to killing cancerous cells, immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells, leaving healthy non-cancerous cells intact. It is a better treatment because it is very effective, more efficient, and is easier on

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Phase I Clinical Trial Yields Positive Results In Latest Immunotherapy Treatment

The immune system is the body’s first line of defense when fighting off any illness, attacking foreign organisms or other substances that may harm or threaten the over health of the body. When the immune system is compromised, the body is unable to fight infections and becomes weak as the illness takes over. For those

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Peripheral Neuropathy Pain Reduced in Mesothelioma Patients

Avastin (bevacizumab) is a type of chemotherapy treatment that slows tumor growth by blocking the protein that is responsible for forming new blood vessels, which is what tumors need to thrive. By blocking these blood vessels, tumor growth is slowed. For those suffering from mesothelioma, hindering tumor growth can greatly improve the quality of life

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Less than Half of Cancer Patients Eligible for Immunotherapy Treatments

In late 2017, the FDA approved Keytruda (pembrolizumab) as an immunotherapy treatment for cancer.  It’s typically used to treat inoperable metastatic non-small cell lung cancer and melanoma but it has also been approved by the FDA to treat any unresectable or metastatic solid tumor, such as those found in mesothelioma. Immunotherapy is a type of

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Potential New Treatment Acts as a Sealant for Pleural Mesothelioma Tumors

Pleural mesothelioma, caused by exposure to asbestos is a rare cancer – only 3,000 cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year – but it is highly aggressive. There is no cure for plural mesothelioma but findings published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery reveal that a new type of combination treatment specifically

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First FDA Approved Treatment for Mesothelioma in 15 Years

In the Fall of 2018 scientists and researchers from Novocure, an oncology company that specializes in treating solid tumors, were hopeful their latest success with Tumor Treating Fields therapy would lead to FDA approval and ultimately, more options for those suffering from mesothelioma. After a successful clinical trial, these hopes became a reality as the

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Currently Recruiting: Mesothelioma Clinical Trials

When it comes to effective mesothelioma treatments, options are unfortunately limited. There is no cure for mesothelioma and first line chemotherapy treatment Alimta, is no guarantee.  Many who are suffering from mesothelioma, who have found little or no comfort in traditional treatments, may turn to clinical trials for hope.  Through clinical trials, patients have access

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Survival Factors for Mesothelioma Highlighted by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

According to GLOBOCAN 2018 statistics, each year there are 30,443 mesothelioma cases worldwide, and of those 30,443, 25,576 pass away.  With close to 85 percent of those diagnosed succumbing to the disease, mesothelioma remains one of the most deadly cancers as there is no cure. However, surviving a mesothelioma diagnosis is not entirely impossible as

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Phase III Clinical Trial for Mesothelioma Available in 50 Locations Across the Globe

A Phase III clinical trial is now underway in the pivotal study of interferon alfa-2b gene therapy in pleural mesothelioma. After promising results from the Phase II clinical trial, scientists and researchers are hopeful they are just one step away from FDA approval for this cancer treatment that is over 20 years in the making.

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Targeted Immunotherapy Warrants More Research for Those Suffering from Pleural Mesothelioma

Late last month, the Clinical Respiratory Journal released their findings on the efficacy of intrapleural immunotherapy, which is a highly targeted approach of receiving immunotherapy treatment for those suffering from mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer caused only by asbestos exposure. Since asbestos is the only known cause, mesothelioma is sometimes referred to as “asbestos cancer.”

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New Clinical Trial Underway for Immunotherapy Treatment; CA-170

A new immunotherapy treatment that has recently been administered to a patient suffering from mesothelioma has researchers and scientists optimistic that if results are positive, this treatment could be more effective than Keytruda, the immunotherapy treatment that has had major success in non-small cell lung cancer  The name of the treatment is CA-170, and while

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Last update: April 01, 2019. 03:30:08 pm.