Novel Treatments & Drugs

New mesothelioma detection method exposes subjects to less radiation

To monitor a patient for mesothelioma involves subjecting them to CT scans with high levels of radiation. Repeated screenings increase risks for other health issues. For workers exposed to asbestos, these scans are necessary for survival even with the drawbacks. A study out of France found a new CT method[…]

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Mesothelioma treatments found in unlikely places

Scientists around the world work endlessly to discover new treatments for mesothelioma. Taking decades to develop, the asbestos-caused cancer leaves most with less than a year to live after diagnosis. Many studies focus on the effectiveness of current treatments, hoping to expand current knowledge and provide victims with the best[…]

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New study suggests breast cancer drug may shrink mesothelioma tumors

After new evidence surfaced suggesting the enzyme aromatase is associated with malignant mesothelioma, Italian scientists began testing breast cancer drug Aromasin (exemestane) on mice and mesothelioma cells. Designed to inhibit aromatase, Aromasin curbs cell growth in breast cancer patients by helping reduce the amount of estrogen in the body. In[…]

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Alimta remains best treatment for victims of malignant pleural mesothelioma

For those with inoperable malignant pleural mesothelioma, Alimta (permetrexed) combined with cisplatin remains the top treatment. Japanese researchers recently analyzed the results of 30 patients taking either Gemzar or the Alimta combination and compared complications, disease control and survival rates. Thirty mesothelioma cases were examined featuring 13 patients taking Gemzar[…]

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