Archive for the ‘Research/Treatment’ Category

Novel treatment showing promise in patients with pleural mesothelioma

20 Apr 2018 by under Research/Treatment

Diagram showing a build up of fluid in the lining of the lungs pleural effusion CRUK 0541 100x100 Novel treatment showing promise in patients with pleural mesotheliomaAdding a novel therapeutic option called Tumor Treating Fields to standard of care demonstrated clinically meaningful improvements in overall survival and progression-free survival in patients with pleural mesothelioma, according to top-line results from Novocure’s STELLAR phase 2 pilot trial. (more…)


Majority of mesothelioma patients were exposed to asbestos

18 Apr 2018 by under Research/Treatment

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Majority of mesothelioma patients were exposed to asbestosAbout 3,000 people are diagnosed with each year in the United States, and between 70 to 80 percent of them were exposed to in their lifetime. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of lung cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and other organs. The disease typically kills within 18 months of diagnosis.

Asbestos is a strong, flexible mineral with fire-proof properties once commonly added to cement, insulation, roof shingles, and other products. Asbestos has been positively linked to the development of mesothelioma. (more…)


Mesothelioma study combines radiation with immunotherapy

20 Mar 2018 by under Research/Treatment
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Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York is recruiting patients with relapsed mesothelioma for a study to determine the safety and efficacy of a combined and immunotherapy treatment.

Researchers are hoping that steroatactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) can boost the immune system’s anti- response, and that the immunotherapy drug avelumab can enhance that effect. (more…)


New mesothelioma study focuses on personalized treatment

14 Mar 2018 by under Research/Treatment

587px Researcher looks through microscope 1 100x100 New mesothelioma study focuses on personalized treatmentThe Leicester Research program, a multidisciplinary research partnership between the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS trust, received a donation of about $3.5 million from the British Lung Foundation to develop a groundbreaking new umbrella study on . (more…)


Researchers identify mechanism linking mesothelioma and asbestos exposure

13 Mar 2018 by under Research/Treatment

research test tubes 100x100 Researchers identify mechanism linking mesothelioma and asbestos exposureA team of researchers has found the exact mechanism that causes malignant mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer linked to exposure.

According to a study by the Swiss National Science Foundation, malignant begins when the long, pointed fibers of asbestos come in contact with the cells of the mesothelium, the membrane that covers the lungs and other organs. The body is unable to expel the fibers through the lymphatic system, leaving them to wreak havoc on tissue creating micro injuries. This causes an immune reaction, triggering white blood cells to rush to the site of the injury to repair the tissue. But, the cells multiply so quickly that tumors form and the cells’ RNA mutates, creating the perfect landscape for the cancer to grow out of control. (more…)


Mesothelioma can also strike children, young adults

3 Mar 2018 by under Research/Treatment

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Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that typically takes years to develop. But in some cases, children and young adults can fall victim to this deadly disease. (more…)


Radiotherapy for lymphoma treatment linked to mesothelioma

1 Mar 2018 by under Research/Treatment

120131 F ML202 100 1 100x100 Radiotherapy for lymphoma treatment linked to mesotheliomaPeople with lymphoma who undergo therapy are more likely to develop malignant mesothelioma, especially if they were diagnosed before 1995 and were younger at the time of diagnosis, according to a study published in the journal Cancer Causes & Control. (more…)


Blood test may be used to track mesothelioma progression

23 Feb 2018 by under Research/Treatment

Catheter for chemotherapy 1 100x100 Blood test may be used to track mesothelioma progressionComputerized tomography, more commonly known as a CT scan, combines X-ray images taken from different angles for a detailed cross-sectional image of the body, according to the Mayo Clinic. While the procedure isn’t dangerous, many CTs are required to track the progress of mesothelioma tumors, which can become a timely and costly process. (more…)


Organoids may offer specialized meso treatment options

21 Feb 2018 by under Research/Treatment
Intestinal organoid 100x100 Organoids may offer specialized meso treatment options

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What once would have been considered science fiction may bring new treatments for patients. Doctors at Wake Forest University are using mini lab-grown tumors to test individualized therapies. (more…)


Black lung resurgence continues, study finds

19 Feb 2018 by under Research/Treatment

640px BLACK LUNG X RAYS FROM PATIENTS OF DR. A.H. RUSSAKOFF PULMONARY DISEASE SPECIALIST AND PIONEER AIR POLLUTION FIGHTER...   NARA   545474 100x100 Black lung resurgence continues, study findsUnfortunately, is far from being history. In fact, the occupational disease caused by breathing in coal dust is actually making a comeback, health experts report. (more…)