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Techniques for Determining a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

If you have been exposed to asbestos and are exhibiting symptoms of mesothelioma including: pain in the side of your chest and lower back, shortness of breath, cough, fever, excessive sweating, fatigue, random weight loss, not being able to swallow, being hoarse, or have face and arm swelling it might be a good idea to

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Safer and Less Intrusive Lung Cancer Test

In order to test for cancer, people have to go through invasive and even risky procedures to remove and biopsy a tumor. With these risky procedures between 75 and 85 percent of people find out that the tumor in question is benign and they went through a terrifying surgery to learn they are healthy. Instead

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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 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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Multimodality Therapy in Pleural Mesothelioma

Even though there is no cure for mesothelioma, there are many different treatment options for those suffering from this almost always fatal cancer. Palliative therapy has been successful in lessening symptoms and making the patient more comfortable. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery are treatment methods that can be successful on their own, but in the

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Risk Factors From Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy Could Be Determined By Early Biomarker

Peritoneal mesothelioma is an extremely rare form of mesothelioma that affects the abdominal lining, or peritoneum.  Caused by asbestos exposure, peritoneal mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms are not entirely unique to the disease, so a diagnosis has to be more than just what symptoms are observed. Through MRIs, CAT scans, biopsies, and

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Pleural Catheter vs. Pleurodesis

Symptoms for pleural mesothelioma are typically centered on lung function breathing, with shortness of breath (dyspnea), pleural effusion (fluid build-up), and pain in the chest being the primary indicators.  There is no cure for malignant pleural mesothelioma and while scientists and researchers are continually developing new treatments and therapies, in the meantime, advancements in palliative

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Palliative Care for Mesothelioma Patients

What is Palliative Care? For serious illnesses, some patients may receive palliative care, or palliative treatment. Palliative care treats the symptoms of the disease, not the disease itself, in an attempt to provide relief and make the patient as comfortable as possible during their illness. Palliative treatment can be provided at the beginning of treatment,

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Pleurectomy and Decortication Improve Survival, but May Impact Quality Of Life

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

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Trimodality Therapy Increases Survival; Immunotherapy Treatment Approved by FDA

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

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Mesothelioma Treatments Used Alongside Surgery – A Clinical Trial

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

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Improvements in Radiation Therapies Give More Treatment Options

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

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