What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer. It attacks the lining around the lungs – the pleura – and is often termed a ‘pleural cancer.’ Other people just call it lung cancer. It comes from exposure to asbestos. In the past, people didn’t know that asbestos was dangerous, so they used it for insulation in homes,… Continue reading What is Mesothelioma?

What to expect after a mesothelioma diagnosis

Getting a cancer diagnosis is never good news. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer with only 2,000- 3,000 new cases diagnosed in the US each year and most cases can be traced to occupational asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is considered incurable, but in recent years doctors have learned how to better treat and diagnose this particular cancer.… Continue reading What to expect after a mesothelioma diagnosis

Understanding Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure that affects the lining surrounding internal organs in the body. There are three types of mesothelioma. The most common, accounting for about 70% of cases, is pleural mesothelioma that affects the lining surrounding the lungs and internal chest cavity. Mesothelioma can also affect the… Continue reading Understanding Mesothelioma

Cancer Clusters

When beginning to learn about cancer clusters it is important to know the facts about cancer itself.  Cancer is the growth and spread of abnormal cells in the body and if left untreated it can often result in death.  There are more than 100 types of the disease and it can attack any part of… Continue reading Cancer Clusters

Neutropenia in mesothelioma patients

Chemotherapy drug treatments reduce the number of neutrophils, also known as white bloods cells that protect the body against infection. This causes a condition known as neutropenia. Cancer patients that suffer from neutropenia have an increased risk of bacterial infections and could be fatal if left untreated. Some symptoms of neutropenia include body aches, fever… Continue reading Neutropenia in mesothelioma patients

Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Treatment

Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is the least common histological type of mesothelioma, but it is the most aggressive. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20081811?dopt=Abstract Even more than epithelial mesothelioma, the sarcomatoid form is difficult to diagnose and to distinguish from other diseases. Just looking at the cells under a microscope is not enough, and doctors employ immunohistological tests to distinguish Sarcomatoid mesothelioma… Continue reading Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Treatment

Epithelial Mesothelioma – Clinical Presentation and Diagnosis

Epithelial (or epithelioid) mesothelioma is the most common histological type of mesothelioma.  Epithelial mesothelioma is a subtype – both pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma may be epithelial or sarcamatoid or biphasic (including both cell types.) Epithelial mesothelioma has a better prognosis than other subtypes.  Average life expectancy after diagnosis is longer. As with all types of mesothelioma, asbestos… Continue reading Epithelial Mesothelioma – Clinical Presentation and Diagnosis

Diagnosing Epithelial Mesothelioma

Performing a concurrent bronchoscopy may be vital for making a differentiation between mesothelioma and metastatic adenocarcinoma of the lung, since endobronchial lesions are seldom seen in mesothelioma. A new approach to differentiate between mesothelioma and adenocarcinoma of the lung is currently under development. This new approach relies on gene expression profiling, by identifying specific genes… Continue reading Diagnosing Epithelial Mesothelioma

World’s First Cancer-Killing Pill May be Available Within the Decade

Thanks to advancement made possible through the Human Genome Project, British researchers believe the world’s first cancer-killing pill may be on the horizon. According to the team’s timeline, such a pill may be available in as few as ten years. The success of this future pill will work by exploiting a specific gene flaw that… Continue reading World’s First Cancer-Killing Pill May be Available Within the Decade

New Diagnostic Technique Could Result in Test for Mesothelioma

Reuters is reporting a new blood test that could identify mesothelioma at an early stage. The biotech company Somalogic, which specializes in developing diagnostic tests, announced a new technology that could allow doctors to identify mesothelioma in patients before they show visible symptoms. Somalogic scientists used blood samples from mesothelioma patients and were able to… Continue reading New Diagnostic Technique Could Result in Test for Mesothelioma