Posts Tagged ‘mesothelioma’

Pleurectomy surgery better for quality of life, study finds

26 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

220px Effusionhalf 100x100 Pleurectomy surgery better for quality of life, study findsAn estimated 22 percent of malignant mesothelioma patients undergo surgery to treat the deadly disease, according to Mesothelioma Research News, but which surgical option is most beneficial? Yet another study has confirmed pleurectomy surgery rather than extrapleural pneumonectomy (EEP) is the best option. (more…)


IMRT proves effective mesothelioma treatment, study finds

25 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment
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Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is the most advanced type of radiation, allowing for even greater regulation of radiation beams than was possible in 3D planning. It’s a “sophisticated form of 3D planning,” according to OncoLink, and it is used regularly to treat a variety of cancers, including prostate cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, brain cancers and lung cancers.

IMRT has become increasingly important in the treatment of mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure that affects the lining of internal organs, but until recently, its benefits had never been proven, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. Dr. Kenneth Rosenzweig’s new study published in the Annals of Translational Medicine concludes IMRT at an experienced institution has led to improved mesothelioma outcomes and is “both feasible and effective” as a treatment option for malignant pleural mesothelioma(more…)


Majority of London hospitals contain asbestos

19 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
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The buildings Londoners visit to improve their health might actually put them at risk of asbestos exposure. According to BBC London, 94 percent of hospitals in the city, where about 1,000 people have died from mesothelioma since 2011, contain asbestos.trans Majority of London hospitals contain asbestos (more…)


Tween makeup contains asbestos, study finds

17 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

640px Talc mutnikSVK01 100x100 Tween makeup contains asbestos, study findsMakeup sold in a popular tween clothing and accessories store could contain cancer-causing materials, according to North Carolina news outlet ABC11. (more…)


Asbestos alternative also damages DNA, study finds

14 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

800px How joint 100x100 Asbestos alternative also damages DNA, study findsA new Chinese study suggests an asbestos alternative can cause the same type DNA damage as the carcinogen it was meant to replace, potentially increasing health concerns for those who used a product they believed was safe. (more…)


Canada lowers airborne chrysotile asbestos exposure limit

13 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Flag of Canada.svg 1 100x100 Canada lowers airborne chrysotile asbestos exposure limitIn a December 2016 press release, the Canadian government announced its plans to oust asbestos from the country by 2018 in a “whole-of-government approach.” As part of its efforts to meet the quickly approaching deadline, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Patty Hajdu announced Tuesday the enhancement of the Canada Labour Code by lowering the exposure limit of airborne chrysotile asbestos to “as close to zero as possible,” according to a press release. (more…)


Measles virus may be used to fight mesothelioma

12 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

595px Measles virus 100x100 Measles virus may be used to fight mesothelioma Vaccination programs to protect Americans from the measles virus began in 1963, and since then, the number of measles cases has dropped 99 percent. Now researchers have turned their attention to finding uses for the disease and are actually trying to harness it in the fight against mesothelioma. (more…)


10 gene mutations linked to mesothelioma predisposition

11 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

598px Chemotherapy vials 3 100x100 10 gene mutations linked to mesothelioma predisposition Researchers associate a BAP1 gene mutation with a predisposition to several types of cancers, including mesothelioma. In a new study, Italian researchers suggest BAP1 is not the only gene mutation that can cause the deadly cancer. (more…)


Study: Osteoporosis drug benefits mesothelioma patients

10 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan 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…)


Secondhand asbestos victims push for justice

7 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

upper body 944557 960 720 100x100 Secondhand asbestos victims push for justiceWhile most people think of mesothelioma as a deadly occupational cancer, increasing recognition is being given to family members who are exposed to asbestos secondhand, when a worker transfers asbestos fibers from work to home through clothing, tools, vehicle, etc. In the United States, California has opened the door for secondhand exposure—also known as take-home exposure—compensation, and asbestos victims in the United Kingdom who were exposed through family members are urging the government to acknowledge them by campaigning for compensation, according to the BBC. (more…)