Archive for the ‘Research/Treatment’ Category

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


Worldwide mesothelioma rates vary significantly, study finds

16 Feb 2018 by under Research/Treatment

1024px The Earth seen from Apollo 17 100x100 Worldwide mesothelioma rates vary significantly, study findsIt’s often easy to think mesothelioma is a problem in only in a few particular countries, but while some countries are seeing improvements, the threat is far from over. A new study highlights how far-reaching asbestos has been around the globe. (more…)


Asparagus amino acid may impact cancer cells

12 Feb 2018 by under Research/Treatment
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No need to swear off asparagus quite yet. Despite recent research suggesting asparagine, found in asparagus and other foods, may contribute to breast cancer, the potential link is still unclear. (more…)


Enzyme inhibitor found to improve chemotherapy effectiveness

6 Feb 2018 by under Research/Treatment

598px Chemotherapy vials 3 100x100 Enzyme inhibitor found to improve chemotherapy effectivenessWhile is usually the go-to treatment option after a mesothelioma diagnosis, the deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure does not usually respond well to the treatment. The difficulty in treating mesothelioma results in many patients dying within the first 18 months of diagnosis. Hoping to improve , researchers are working on innovative ways to increase the effectiveness of drugs. (more…)


Radical therapies may not be the best approach, study finds

26 Jan 2018 by under Research/Treatment

Catheter for chemotherapy 1 100x100 Radical therapies may not be the best approach, study findsA medical treatment is considered radical when it exceeds the suggested standard treatment for a particular disease. Standard treatment in the U.S. for mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the lining of the heart, lungs or abdomen, involves a combination of drugs pemetrexed and cisplatin. New evidence suggests going above and beyond typical treatment may not always be the best move, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. (more…)


Pleurodesis needs more research into patient outcomes, study finds

22 Jan 2018 by under Research/Treatment

upper body 944557 960 720 100x100 Pleurodesis needs more research into patient outcomes, study findsFluid buildup in the chest cavity is a common symptom of mesothelioma. The excess fluid, known as , is linked to shortness of breath, greatly decreasing patient comfort as they fight the deadly cancer. Pleurodesis, a procedure to prevent the future accumulation of fluid, is often used as a treatment method, but a new study highlights how the risks associated with the procedure are not as well-known as popularity of the procedure would suggest. (more…)


Research suggests tanning may reduce risk of mesothelioma, other diseases

11 Jan 2018 by under Research/Treatment

Tanning bed November 2008 100x100 Research suggests tanning may reduce risk of mesothelioma, other diseasesMesothelioma and tanning beds are probably not two words that often end up in the same sentence. But new research is suggesting a connection between using tanning beds to increase vitamin D levels in hopes of improving mesothelioma . (more…)


New nomogram may help determine mesothelioma patient outcomes

5 Jan 2018 by under Research/Treatment

587px Researcher looks through microscope 1 100x100 New nomogram may help determine mesothelioma patient outcomesAccurately determining prognosis for those with mesothelioma allows doctors to make informed decisions about treatment options for their patients and allows patients to make informed quality of life and financial decisions. Because mesothelioma patients rarely live long after diagnosis, patient prognosis plays a significant role in research efforts. (more…)