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Study Found Lung Removing Surgery for Mesothelioma Can be More Effective in Some Patients

The most aggressive surgery for mesothelioma could be more beneficial for patients with the disease. The more aggressive surgery is called an extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP), which involves removing the lung. The other surgery, pleurectomy and decortication (P/D), spares the lung and only removes the lining of the lung and visible[…]

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Pleural Mesothelioma and Brain Metastasis

When people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is common for the disease to spread. This occurs in around 60 percent of people, but it does not usually spread to the brain. Researchers in Great Britain believe doctors should be focusing on cerebral metastasis in mesothelioma patients in addition to other[…]

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CARD is Performing Asbestos Screenings Throughout Montana

Asbestos exposure screenings are being performed in Libby, Montana. The Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD) is going around the state offering screenings to people who cannot or are not willing to travel. Libby, Montana was heavily contaminated with asbestos because of a contaminated vermiculite mine operating in the area.[…]

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A Protein Could Make Chemotherapy More Effective on Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer with a poor life expectancy. People diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma usually live for four to 18 months after diagnosis. The poor survival is a result of the aggressive nature of the cancer and that it is usually diagnosed at a late stage when it is[…]

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Mesothelioma Specialty Centers Offer Better Care for Mesothelioma Patients

When mesothelioma patients are treated at mesothelioma specialty centers, they experience better care and survive longer. Kaiser Permanente Northern California Health System compared its performance before and after it transitioned into a specialty care center for mesothelioma. The doctors found a dramatic improvement in patients after the transition. Results were[…]

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Allocetra and Cisplatin Combination for Mesothelioma

A new immunotherapy treatment is showing promising results against mesothelioma. The therapy consists of a combination of two drugs: one drug that reprograms macrophages and the other is the chemotherapy cisplatin. Mesothelioma is a cancer that does not respond well to treatment. The best option for patients is a combination[…]

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Tool to Measure Asbestos Levels in Tissue has Been Created

A new tool to determine levels of asbestos exposure has been developed. The tool, created by Italian researchers, is known as a Retrospective Exposure Assessment (REA). The tool uses a microscope to determine how much asbestos is in lung tissue. The study wants to compare the actual level of asbestos[…]

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Keytruda as a Second Line Treatment for Mesothelioma

A new second line treatment has been developed for pleural mesothelioma. The treatment was created at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. Research was done as a single-arm, open-label clinical trial combining pembrolizumab (Keytruda) and lenvatinib. The results were presented at the IASCL 2022 World Conference on Lung Cancer in[…]

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A New Blood Test That Can Diagnose Mesothelioma Has Been Developed

A blood test could make diagnosing mesothelioma faster, leading to doctors catching the disease earlier in patients. Mesothelioma is a hard-to-treat cancer mainly caused by asbestos. Once diagnosed, not much can be done because it has usually spread and progressed to a point where treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation[…]

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Researchers Found a Relationship Between GISTs and Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Scientists may have found an easy way to identify peritoneal mesothelioma, making it easier to detect and catch the cancer earlier. These researchers may have found a link between peritoneal mesothelioma and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. The research done in the division of surgical oncology at University of California San Diego[…]

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