Surgery

Techniques for Determining a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

If you have been exposed to asbestos and are exhibiting symptoms of mesothelioma including: pain in the side of your chest and lower back, shortness of breath, cough, fever, excessive sweating, fatigue, random weight loss, not being able to swallow, being hoarse, or have face and arm swelling it might[…]

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Safer and Less Intrusive Lung Cancer Test

In order to test for cancer, people have to go through invasive and even risky procedures to remove and biopsy a tumor. With these risky procedures between 75 and 85 percent of people find out that the tumor in question is benign and they went through a terrifying surgery to[…]

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New Surgical Technique Could Be Ideal for Patients with Advanced Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that has been notoriously difficult to treat. Caused by asbestos exposure, the latency period between the time of initial exposure and disease spans decades and generally by the time the cancer is detected, it is highly advanced. Surgical treatments for those with[…]

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Immunotherapy Treatment Durvalumab Enters Phase II Clinical Trial

While there is no cure for mesothelioma, those who are able to withstand surgery in general may have a better chance of survival, as the cancer is being physically removed. However, mesothelioma is a difficult cancer and often surgery is not an option, and the cancer is unresectable. The success[…]

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Multimodality Therapy in Pleural Mesothelioma

Even though there is no cure for mesothelioma, there are many different treatment options for those suffering from this almost always fatal cancer. Palliative therapy has been successful in lessening symptoms and making the patient more comfortable. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery are treatment methods that can be successful on[…]

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Risk Factors From Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy Could Be Determined By Early Biomarker

Peritoneal mesothelioma is an extremely rare form of mesothelioma that affects the abdominal lining, or peritoneum.  Caused by asbestos exposure, peritoneal mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms are not entirely unique to the disease, so a diagnosis has to be more than just what symptoms are observed. Through[…]

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Pleural Catheter vs. Pleurodesis

Symptoms for pleural mesothelioma are typically centered on lung function breathing, with shortness of breath (dyspnea), pleural effusion (fluid build-up), and pain in the chest being the primary indicators.  There is no cure for malignant pleural mesothelioma and while scientists and researchers are continually developing new treatments and therapies, in[…]

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Pleurectomy and Decortication Improve Survival, but May Impact Quality Of Life

Pleurectomy and Decortication (P/D) is a two-part surgical procedure that removes the pleural lining around the lungs (pleurectomy) and tumors along the surface area of the lung (decortication). To qualify for this surgery, mesothelioma patients must be in overall good health, and in the early stages of the disease. Since[…]

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Trimodality Therapy Increases Survival; Immunotherapy Treatment Approved by FDA

Since mesothelioma is often difficult to treat, scientists and researchers look to combination treatments and therapies to improve chances of patients’ survival. There is no “one” treatment that is used across the board in treating mesothelioma, because patients react differently, whether it is to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, or surgery.[…]

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