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A Phase III Clinical Trial is Looking at the Combination of Durvalumab and Chemotherapy to Treat Mesothelioma

A new clinical trial involving durvalumab should be closely monitored by the Food and Drug Administration. The phase III clinical trial is being performed in Baltimore, Cleveland, and Ann Arbor as well as places in New Zealand and Australia. The randomized trial is known as DREAM3R. It wants to figure[…]

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Second-Line Chemotherapy Could Help Some Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients

Oncologists in Japan have found a way to determine which patients would best benefit from second-line chemotherapy. Second-line treatment is a second treatment that doctors perform after trying another treatment first. When the first treatment doesn’t work or stops working, a second-line treatment is tried to see if it will[…]

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Chemoperfusion Could help Extend Mesothelioma Sufferers’ Lives

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer of the mesothelium, which lines the lungs, heart, abdomen, and tunica vaginalis testis after exposure to asbestos. The most common type is pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs. There is no cure, so the best option for people with this cancer is[…]

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Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Does not Improve Survivability in Pleural Mesothelioma Patients

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is typically used to shrink tumors before surgery to make it easier to remove them. It has been thought that the combination of drugs and surgery can help patients survive longer, but a study at Duke has found that it does not increase survival in pleural mesothelioma patients.[…]

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Curcumin Could Soon Be Used to Treat Mesothelioma

Curcumin could soon be used to treat mesothelioma patients. It is a natural compound found in turmeric, a spice commonly found in Asian dishes. This natural compound has been used as an anti-inflammatory alongside other treatments, but it could soon be used as a standard mesothelioma treatment, which is what[…]

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New Molecular Compound May Improve Chemotherapy Treatment for those Suffering from Mesothelioma

Researchers from MIT and Duke may have found a way to make chemotherapy treatments more effective. Chemotherapy is usually the first treatment that is used in people diagnosed with cancer. It can be helpful, but cancers can have different responses and resistances to it. This new research can help make[…]

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New Clinical Trial Testing Effectiveness of Immunotherapy and Chemotherapy Before Surgery

Mesothelioma, the cancer of the linings of different organs, but primarily the lungs, has a poor prognosis and survival rate for those who are diagnosed. Since there is no cure, treatments helping to extend people’s lives need to be tested. Clinical trials help doctors find new ways to treat mesothelioma[…]

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Phase I Clinical Trial Yields Positive Results In Latest Immunotherapy Treatment

The immune system is the body’s first line of defense when fighting off any illness, attacking foreign organisms or other substances that may harm or threaten the over health of the body. When the immune system is compromised, the body is unable to fight infections and becomes weak as the[…]

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Peripheral Neuropathy Pain Reduced in Mesothelioma Patients

Avastin (bevacizumab) is a type of chemotherapy treatment that slows tumor growth by blocking the protein that is responsible for forming new blood vessels, which is what tumors need to thrive. By blocking these blood vessels, tumor growth is slowed. For those suffering from mesothelioma, hindering tumor growth can greatly[…]

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Less than Half of Cancer Patients Eligible for Immunotherapy Treatments

In late 2017, the FDA approved Keytruda (pembrolizumab) as an immunotherapy treatment for cancer.  It’s typically used to treat inoperable metastatic non-small cell lung cancer and melanoma but it has also been approved by the FDA to treat any unresectable or metastatic solid tumor, such as those found in mesothelioma.[…]

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