Posts Tagged ‘chemotherapy’

Cellular transporter molecule levels linked to patient outcomes, study finds

9 Oct 2017 by under Research/Treatment

Catheter for chemotherapy 1 100x100 Cellular transporter molecule levels linked to patient outcomes, study findsWhy do some mesothelioma patients respond to chemotherapy and others do not? According to recent research, the answer may depend on the presence of a specific cellular transporter molecule. (more…)


Isolated chemotherapy may prove promising treatment technique

17 Aug 2017 by under Research/Treatment
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German scientists are narrowing in on a possible new chemotherapy technique for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs as the result of asbestos exposure. (more…)


Study: Elevated platelet counts linked to poor patient outcome

4 Aug 2017 by under Research/Treatment

Mesothelioma 100x100 Study: Elevated platelet counts linked to poor patient outcomeThrombocytosis, where too many blood platelets are present in the body, has been known to predict negative patient outcomes in several types of cancers. However, until recently, its effects on malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) had not been thoroughly investigated. (more…)


Study: Osteoporosis drug benefits mesothelioma patients

10 Jul 2017 by under Research/Treatment

Bone Comparison of Healthy and Osteoporotic Vertibrae edited1 100x100 Study: Osteoporosis drug benefits mesothelioma patientsWhen the creation of new bone is outpaced by removal of the old, a condition called osteoporosis occurs, which causes weak and brittle bones. Researchers at the University of Alabama have recently linked the benefits of a drug used to treat and prevent osteoporosis to mesothelioma treatment. (more…)


Compound found in broccoli could help fight mesothelioma

5 Jul 2017 by under Research/Treatment

Broccoli666 100x100 Compound found in broccoli could help fight mesotheliomaEveryone says to eat your veggies to stay healthy. However, they probably didn’t realize those veggies could contain mesothelioma cancer-fighting benefits.

A recent study found the compound sulforaphane, produced in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage, could boost the number of mesothelioma cells killed with chemotherapy and cause minimal side effects, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. The researchers studied the benefits of the compound in conjunction with chemotherapy using cisplatin, popularly used as part of multimodal treatment for the deadly cancer that can affect the lining of the heart, lungs or abdomen and take decades to become known. (more…)


Study: Meso treatment success determined by surgery intervals

16 Jun 2017 by under Research/Treatment

598px Chemotherapy vials 3 100x100 Study: Meso treatment success determined by surgery intervalsResearchers from the City of Hope Cancer Center and the Wake Forest School of Medicine believe they have uncovered information about how surgery success factors into peritoneal mesothelioma patients’ overall survival time. (more…)


Bullfrog protein may be used as mesothelioma treatment

8 Jun 2017 by under Research/Treatment

640px Pyxicephalus adspersus Boston Aquarium 100x100 Bullfrog protein may be used as mesothelioma treatment Standard-of-care treatments for mesothelioma patients often include chemotherapy, usually with a combination of Alimta and Platinol. However, no cure for mesothelioma currently exists and treatments often only extended patients’ lives by months. For those reasons, researchers continue searching for better treatment alternatives. They often turn to plants and animals for these alternatives and have recently turned to amphibians for clues. (more…)


New treatment could reduce pleural effusion in mesothelioma patients

28 Feb 2017 by under Research/Treatment

Diagram showing a build up of fluid in the lining of the lungs pleural effusion CRUK 0541 100x100 New treatment could reduce pleural effusion in mesothelioma patientsA buildup of fluid around the lungs, called malignant pleural effusion, is usually one of the late-stage symptoms of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer linked to asbestos exposure that affects the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen.

The accumulation of fluid around the lining of the lungs makes it difficult for them to fully expand, and, therefore, for patients to breathe properly. Japanese researchers believe they have found a new, viable way to treat pleural effusion called intrapleural perfusion with hyperthermic chemotherapy (IPHC), according to Surviving Mesothelioma. (more…)


Socioeconomic status impacts mesothelioma patient outcomes

6 Feb 2017 by under Research/Treatment

Australia location map with floral 100x100 Socioeconomic status impacts mesothelioma patient outcomes Socioeconomic status has a bigger impact on mesothelioma patient prognosis than any other factor, according to a new study.

Despite each of the 910 Australian patients with pleural mesothelioma who participated receiving some level of compensation for their diseases, the study found those with lower statuses on the Index of Relative Socioeconomic Advantage and Disadvantage (IRSAD) were less likely to receive adequate treatment, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. (more…)


Inhibiting WT1 protein could reduce pleural mesothelioma’s aggressiveness

17 Jan 2017 by under Research/Treatment

Protein WT1 PDB 1xf7SMEdit 100x100 Inhibiting WT1 protein could reduce pleural mesotheliomas aggressiveness A team of German and Japanese researchers believe they have discovered a protein linked to the chemoresistance of malignant mesothelioma tumors.

Mesothelioma Research News reports the study, published in Pathology & Oncology Research at the beginning of the year, has linked the WT1 protein to the survival of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). (more…)