Posts Tagged ‘patient outcomes’

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 chemotherapy is usually the go-to treatment option after a diagnosis, the deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure does not usually respond well to the treatment. The difficulty in treating 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 chemotherapy drugs. (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 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 patients rarely live long after diagnosis, patient prognosis plays a significant role in research efforts. (more…)


Breath tests shown to be effective mesothelioma diagnostic tool, study finds

13 Dec 2017 by under Research/Treatment

lungs 1 002 100x100 Breath tests shown to be effective mesothelioma diagnostic tool, study findsBreath tests for are one step closer to reality as Belgian researchers continue to look into its use as a screening tool for earlier diagnosis and treatment of pleural . (more…)


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. (more…)


Inflammation prognostic indicator looks promising for mesothelioma patients

22 Sep 2017 by under News
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The neutrophil to lymphocyte ration (NLR) has been used as a prognostic indicator for patients with a number of cancers, but its benefits are still unclear for patients with malignant . is a cancer of the lining of internal organs caused by exposure. It is usually deadly within 12-18 months of diagnosis and has few effective treatment options, prompting researchers to continue to find ways to help treat the disease and measure the effectiveness of those treatments. (more…)


Study: Older pleural mesothelioma patients less likely to receive treatment

30 Aug 2017 by under Research/Treatment

220px Effusionhalf1 100x100 Study: Older pleural mesothelioma patients less likely to receive treatment has established a reputation for its long latency period. It can take 30-plus years to develop the cancer after initial exposure to , meaning a young person exposed to likely wouldn’t receive a mesothelioma diagnosis until he is a senior citizen. A recent study determined that the older a person with mesothelioma is, the less likely they are to receive treatment for the deadly cancer. (more…)


Breath test for mesothelioma may be a future diagnostic tool

13 Jun 2017 by under Research/Treatment

upper body 944557 960 720 100x100 Breath test for mesothelioma may be a future diagnostic toolBreathalyzers are a staple for testing the sobriety of swerving drivers on the road, and now researchers in Belgium are trying to make a similar breath test a staple in treatment. (more…)


Cholesterol medication may help reduce healthy cell death in mesothelioma patients

6 Jun 2017 by under Research/Treatment

shutterstock 380260327 edited 100x100 Cholesterol medication may help reduce healthy cell death in mesothelioma patientsA cholesterol-lowering medication may be able to pull double duty to help patients, according to a group of Japanese researchers. The drug, pravastatin, has been shown to reduce damage to healthy cells when given to mice with mesothelioma before treatments. (more…)


FitBits may be used to track mesothelioma patient outcomes

24 May 2017 by under Research/Treatment
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exposure can cause a wide range of health issues, from lung-scarring asbestosis to . Many treatments for asbestos-related diseases can require extensive surgeries, and a large part of patient outcomes stems from how well patients recover from surgery, especially in the case of invasive procedures like removing a lung.

A new study by the Pacific Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s (PHLBI) Pacific Mesothelioma Center is using FitBit devices to monitor patients’ progress after surgery, according to a news release. (more…)


SMRP biomarker can indicate pleural mesothelioma patient outcomes

22 May 2017 by under Research/Treatment

587px Researcher looks through microscope 11 100x100 SMRP biomarker can indicate pleural mesothelioma patient outcomesWhen biomarkers occur at elevated levels in the blood, they typically indicate disease, and testing for specific biomarkers helps doctors determine from which disease a patient is suffering. New research has shown a biomarker long used to diagnose malignant may be a beneficial way to predict as well. (more…)