Posts Tagged ‘radiotherapy’

IMRT may be more effective mesothelioma radiation treatment

18 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment
RadiationTherapy 100x100 IMRT may be more effective mesothelioma radiation treatment

Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Liliana Moreno

Radiation therapy, or , is often included in the multi-modal treatment of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos. Because mesothelioma affects the lining of organs and those linings are in close contact with other vital tissues, radiation runs the risk of damaging surrounding healthy organs. New research has shown a different type of radiation therapy may be more effective on pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs, compared to standard conformal radiation by reducing the risk of damaging healthy tissue. (more…)


Australian doctor researching radiotherapy for treatment of pleural mesothelioma

9 Feb 2010 by Wendi Lewis under News, Research/Treatment

DrMalcolmFeigen 100x100 Australian doctor researching radiotherapy for treatment of pleural mesothelioma One of the many mesothelioma community members on Facebook posted a question today about a clinical trial being conducted at the Mesothelioma Center, located at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. MyMeso discussed this clinical trial in a July post. The clinical trial is a program of targeted radiation and chemotherapy protocol for pleural mesothelioma, which is a cancer of the lung’s lining almost always caused by asbestos. In response to the Facebook thread, meso survivor and awareness advocate (read: warrior) Debbie Brewer, who many of you know from her story and updates here (thanks Debbie!), mentioned a similar study currently ongoing in Australia.

Debbie provided a link to a story published in November 2009 by ABC News that outlines the work of specialists at Austin Health Centre in Victoria. The treatment, spearheaded by Dr. Malcolm Feigen, a radiation oncologist at the Centre, uses high doses of , concentrated on specific areas of the lining of the lungs to target mesothelioma tumors.

According to the ABC report, 13 patients participated in a pilot program to test this new targeted treatment. Most had some surgery prior to the treatment, and some also had chemotherapy before or after the treatment, although Dr. Feigen believes the patients showed the most benefit primarily as a result of the regimen.

Participants in the U.S. clinical trial at the Mesothelioma Center receive a multi-modality therapy that incorporates surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy in combination.

Listen to the interview with Dr. Feigen about the Australian research, which was broadcast on ABC’s AM morning current affairs program.