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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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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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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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Why is Chemotherapy Often Ineffective in Those Suffering from Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a difficult cancer to treat for a multitude of reasons. A mesothelioma diagnosis is rare – only about 3,000 people per year in the United States are diagnosed – and this can make it difficult to study, given that there is generally a very small sample of patients that are able to be

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Nintedanib May Surpass Bevacizumab as a More Effective Chemotherapy Treatment for Mesothelioma

In 2016, scientists and researchers were excited to begin Phase II of the clinical trial involving treating patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma with Nintedanib, a triple angiokinase inhibitor designed to hinder protein kinases in cancer cells and stop cancer cells from growing their own blood vessels. The LUME-Meso Phase II trial yielded promising results –

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Immunotherapy – What Side Effects Can You Expect?

As the success of immunotherapy treatments in improving survival and symptom management for cancer patients have started to become known, those suffering from cancer such as mesothelioma and lung cancer may now be given options in terms of the best course of treatment. Immunotherapy works with the body’s own natural defense system by strengthening and

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ONCOS-102 Update: Mesothelioma Patients Responded after Phase II Clinical Trial

Advancement in mesothelioma treatments over the past decade has been relativity stagnant, according to Targovax  – a Norwegian immune-cology company dedicated to the study and research of immunotherapy treatments. However, those suffering from mesothelioma have hope, as continuing phases of clinical trials are showing positive results; the latest being ONCOS-12, an immunotherapy treatment that showed

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Aerosol Chemotherapy – Targeting Peritoneal Mesothelioma Through Pressurized Medicine

Peritoneal mesothelioma is an incredibly rare form of cancer that affects the peritoneum, or abdominal lining. It is not entirely understood how exposure to asbestos causes this type of cancer, but scientists and researchers theorize that ingested asbestos fibers work themselves into the peritoneal cavity, or if inhaled, are transported through the lymph node system.

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New Surgical Technique Could Be Ideal for Patients with Advanced Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that has been notoriously difficult to treat. Caused by asbestos exposure, the latency period between the time of initial exposure and disease spans decades and generally by the time the cancer is detected, it is highly advanced. Surgical treatments for those with pleural mesothelioma are generally more

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Immunotherapy May Help Extend the Lives of Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Patients

Immunotherapy is revolutionizing the health care industry by adding extra years of life to people with lung cancer. A few years ago it was rare for patients with an advanced stage of this disease to live past two years but today it has become more common to do so. Immunotherapy treatment works by boosting immune

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Immunotherapy Treatment Durvalumab Enters Phase II Clinical Trial

While there is no cure for mesothelioma, those who are able to withstand surgery in general may have a better chance of survival, as the cancer is being physically removed. However, mesothelioma is a difficult cancer and often surgery is not an option, and the cancer is unresectable. The success of immunotherapy treatments for cancer

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Biomarker CD47 as a Successful Diagnostic and Treatment Tool

Survival rates for diffuse mesothelioma are notoriously low with the median survival ranging between 12 to 22 months.  A contributing factor to treatment being ineffective is that the disease if often in the advanced stages by the time it is noticed and diagnosed. Early detection may be a key factor in fighting this illness effectively,

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