Disrupting autophagy found to improve chemosensitivity

15 Nov 2017 by under Research/Treatment

598px Chemotherapy vials 3 100x100 Disrupting autophagy found to improve chemosensitivity treatment often involves using drug pemetrexed, but as many as 60 percent of patients see no improvement. Researchers may have found a way to improve the effects of chemo though, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. Read the rest of this entry »


Loose-fill asbestos insulation linked to increased risk of mesothelioma in men, study finds

13 Nov 2017 by under News

534px Australian Capital Territory in Australia zoom 100x100 Loose fill asbestos insulation linked to increased risk of mesothelioma in men, study findsThough asbestos is set for review by the (EPA), the report likely won’t contain information about the risks of loose-fill asbestos insulation already found in homes, the effects of which is all too familiar. Read the rest of this entry »


Studying gene expression can help determine immunotherapy outcomes, study finds

10 Nov 2017 by under Research/Treatment

upper body 944557 960 720 100x100 Studying gene expression can help determine immunotherapy outcomes, study finds aims to boost the body’s ability to recognize and fight cancer cells via the immune system, and researchers have honed in on immunotherapy as a way to fight malignant pleural , which does not typically respond well to traditional treatment methods.

A new study conducted by Italian researchers suggests gene expression analysis is the way to determine which patients will best respond to immunotherapy, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. They claim studying gene expression in the mesothelioma tumors or the immune system cells that infiltrate the tumors can help identify those who would most benefit. Read the rest of this entry »


Chemicals from red wine continue to show promise as pleural mesothelioma treatment

8 Nov 2017 by under Research/Treatment

450px Red wine in glass in restaurant 100x100 Chemicals from red wine continue to show promise as pleural mesothelioma treatmentRed wine has long been touted as a way to help keep your heart healthy, reportedly thanks to the antioxidants it contains. Research continues to show that chemicals derived from red wine could also be beneficial in preventing and treating malignant . Read the rest of this entry »


Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2017 introduced in Senate

6 Nov 2017 by under News

Environmental Protection Agency logo 100x100 Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2017 introduced in SenateThe (EPA) announced plans at the end of last month to limit its evaluation of chemicals under the , which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act, the U.S.’s primary chemical management law. Read the rest of this entry »


Mr. Fluffy abatement progressing according to plan

1 Nov 2017 by under News

534px Australian Capital Territory in Australia zoom 100x100 Mr. Fluffy abatement progressing according to planLoose fill insulation is considered a health hazard due to an increased likelihood of it becoming airborne and being inhaled or ingested. It’s a risk with which the Australian capital of Canberra is all too familiar thanks to Mr. Fluffy loose insulation. Read the rest of this entry »


Treatment options impact patient outcomes more than age

30 Oct 2017 by under Research/Treatment

220px Effusionhalf1 100x100 Treatment options impact patient outcomes more than ageBecause has such a long latency period, it’s easy to assume that age plays a major factor in patient surgical outcomes. However, a new English study has found being older does not automatically reduce a patient’s odds of benefiting from surgery. Read the rest of this entry »


Fire threat near Libby asbestos mine acts as ‘practice exercise’

27 Oct 2017 by under News
20090617 libbymineCREDITEPA 100x100 Fire threat near Libby asbestos mine acts as practice exercise

Credit: EPA

When the West Fork Fire threated to encroach on the former W.R. Grace and Co. asbestos mine in , , officials were preparing to deploy the Asbestos Response Plan. As MyMeso previously reported, the mine was spared from the fire thanks to a drop in temperature and an increase in rainfall.  Daily Inter Lake reports local, state and federal officials used the experience as test run in case the mine is not as fortunate in the future, though. Read the rest of this entry »


Montana DEQ faces suit over failure to ensure safe asbestos handling

25 Oct 2017 by under News

04 DEQLogo WhiteBG Web 100x100 Montana DEQ faces suit over failure to ensure safe asbestos handlingThe state of ’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is facing a lawsuit claiming it has failed to ensure waste is safely handled and properly disposed. Read the rest of this entry »


New peritoneal mesothelioma chemotherapy technique shows mixed results

23 Oct 2017 by under Research/Treatment
Peritoneales Mesotheliom CREDITHELLERHOFFWIKI 100x100 New peritoneal mesothelioma chemotherapy technique shows mixed results

Credit: Hellerhoff via Wikipedia

While a new technique for peritoneal mesothelioma patients has shown promising results in , it includes a high risk for complications. Pioneered in Europe, pressurized intraperitoneal aerosol (PIPAC) involves doctors “spraying” a solution of chemotherapy drugs directly onto tumors through small ports in the abdomen, according to Surviving Mesothelioma.

Read the rest of this entry »