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Researchers are making advances in chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiotherapy, and other techniques.

Overall cancer rates down. Mesothelioma still trending up.

The number of cancer deaths in the United States dropped slightly in 2003, the first such decline since 1930. Good news, attributed to cutbacks in smoking, better nutrition, better treatment. Unfortunately, mesothelioma is still an intractable form of cancer. And the numbers of mesothelioma patients, although small compared to all cancer patients, is slowly buy …

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Pemetrexed clinical trial

Research is being done to determine the effects that the drug pemetrexed has on response to treatment (tumor shrinking or staying the same) and length of life, and to evaluate the side effects. Patients who qualify for this study will have cancer of their cartilage that cannot be removed by surgery or has spread to …

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Gene signatures?

Scientists recently found an 11-gene “signature” in cancer tumors that apparently predicts prognosis in at least 10 types of cancer. Mesothelioma is one of those types. The medical research community is excited because the findings may also change the process of development of new cancer therapies.