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OT-101 Useful for COVID-19 and Cancers Like Mesothelioma

Researchers are looking at a new treatment for mesothelioma. It is a multimodal treatment (multiple treatments combined) consisting of the immunotherapy drug Keytruda and a new drug called OT-101. OT-101 is an antisense drug, which is a drug that blocks molecules that make certain proteins. The drug is also effective[…]

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Durvalumab and Chemotherapy Extends Mesothelioma Patients’ Lives

Studies are showing that the immunotherapy drug durvalumab can make chemotherapy more effective for treating mesothelioma. Durvalumab is an immunotherapy drug called an immune checkpoint inhibitor. It blocks the protein PD-1, which is used by mesothelioma cells to protect themselves. Researchers believed that if the protein was blocked, mesothelioma cells[…]

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Researchers are Trying to Find New Treatments to Combine with Tumor Treating Fields

Tumor Treating Fields were approved for treating mesothelioma, and while they are effective, researchers want to make them more effective for the cancer. A researcher at the Humanitas University in Milan is studying different drug combinations to use with Tumor Treating Fields. The goal is to find a drug that[…]

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CAR-T Cell Therapy and Keytruda is Showing Real Promise

Researchers at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are experimenting with a combination of CAR-T cell therapy and Keytruda, a PD-1 blocker for the treatment of pleural mesothelioma. This is the first time that these two therapies have been combined. The results were recently published in Cancer Discovery. Mesothelioma is[…]

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Vinorelbine Could Soon be Used to Treat Mesothelioma

Vinorelbine could be a useful second-line treatment for patients with relapsed mesothelioma. A phase II clinical trial examined vinorelbine to see how effective it is in patients who had their pleural mesothelioma progress after platinum chemotherapy treatment. Doctors believe vinorelbine could be another option for patients instead of the standard[…]

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Researchers are Developing a Test to Determine Which Mesothelioma Patients Will Benefit From Immunotherapy

Doctors want to figure out which pleural mesothelioma patients will best benefit from certain chemotherapy drugs. Currently there are no tests to see what immunotherapy drugs might work on a specific patient. This leads to doctors trying out different treatments that have negative side effects to only find out the[…]

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Cholesterol Drugs Called Statins Could Help Extend Mesothelioma Sufferers’ Lives

A group of drugs called statins used for controlling cholesterol are showing that they can help mesothelioma patients taking PD-1 inhibitors survive longer. Researchers in Italy and the Netherlands found this information in an international study of 250 patients. The patients studied either had pleural mesothelioma or non-small cell lung[…]

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The ONCOS-102 Vaccine is Still Showing Promising Results

The ONCOS-102 immunotherapy vaccine is still showing promising results. Information from November shows when patients take the treatment with chemotherapy, it helped patients survive a minimum of 18.2 months. The median overall survival was four months better in the experimental group compared to the control group. Targovax, the maker of[…]

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Keytruda and Tumor Treating Fields Combination Could Soon be Used for Mesothelioma

A clinical trial being tested on lung cancer could potentially be a good treatment for people with mesothelioma. The combination of Keytruda and Tumor Treating Fields is being tested for non-small cell lung cancer. Keytruda is an immune checkpoint inhibitor that allows the immune system to find cancer cells hiding[…]

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A New Study is Looking at the Combination of Keytruda and ONCOS-102

A new combination of two existing drugs is being tested to treat mesothelioma. Merck and Targovax, which have the drugs Keytruda (pembrolizumab), an immunotherapy drug, and ONCOS-102, a modified adenovirus, are working together in the study. They can both be used on their own alongside chemotherapy to treat mesothelioma, but[…]

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