At a recent International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, three doctors representing some of the biggest organizations behind mesothelioma treatment discussed what patients should look for to determine a truly outstanding mesothelioma treatment center. The quality of the center you choose for your care may determine your treatment options, your prognosis, and overall, your quality of
On April 18, 2019, Harpoon Therapeutics, Inc. announced the dosing of their first patient with HPN536. HPN536 is a type of lab-created protein that causes T cells — special cells in the immune system — to target and attack mesothelioma and other cancer cells. Part 2 of the clinical trial will involve volunteers with mesothelioma.
September 26, 2019 marks the 16th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Since 2004, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) has spearheaded Mesothelioma Awareness Day to drive more attention and funding toward mesothelioma treatment research. For over a decade and a half, the thousands of participants in Mesothelioma Awareness Day have helped more and more families
Managing mesothelioma pain during treatment is a challenge because pain is often caused by multiple factors. However, the more experts understand the pathology of pain—how and why pain develops—the more effectively they can treat it and improve patient quality of life. A new oncology nurses’ report looked at the challenges doctors face when trying to
A cancer diagnosis, like mesothelioma, causes severe emotional distress producing a range of symptoms and mental health issues. Mesothelioma patients should be aware of the prevalent issue of mental health and cancer and understand what emotional issues may arise after diagnosis and throughout treatment. Learning you have cancer is a highly emotional and stressful time.
A new study shows that aggressive radiation for pleural mesothelioma may be a crucial treatment option that improves patients’ life expectancy. The results from the research showed that pleural mesothelioma patients who undergo high doses of chest radiation have extended survival. About Radiation for Pleural Mesothelioma Currently, treatment options for pleural mesothelioma are limited and
Researchers may have confirmed a quick, effective and minimally invasive tumor tracking test for pleural mesothelioma. A simple blood test may soon accompany the standard CT scans to accurately detect tumors and allow doctors to quickly respond with appropriate treatments. Mesothelin Testing in Mesothelioma Patients Researchers have been investigating the connection between mesothelin blood levels
New research indicates that liquid biopsies could determine whether or not surgery would be beneficial for a cancer patient, including people with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is often treated with a multi-modal approach—surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. While this is the current standard of care, physicians and researchers know that surgical operations are risky and may not improve
If you have mesothelioma, you will need to seek cancer treatments. However, mesothelioma treatments often have side effects that can sometimes be serious. By focusing on your mental and physical health, you may have a better chance at long-term survival as you undergo treatment. Taking Care of Your Health During Cancer Treatment A mesothelioma cancer
Some cancer patients have started turning to alternative or complementary therapies for cancer in addition to their doctor’s suggested treatment plan. However, herbal medicines don’t always interact well with chemotherapy drugs or radiation. A new study by Dr. Nina Sanford of UT Southwestern Medical Center found that around one-third of cancer patients are supplementing their