Mesothelioma Awareness Day, established by Meso Foundation community members, will take place on September 26 for the 13th year in a row. The campaign is designed to bring awareness and funding to mesothelioma, a disease that claims the lives of thousands each year. The disease has a mortality rate of nearly 64 percent within one year.
A recent study by researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center confirms what many North Carolina residents suffering from mesothelioma already know -- mesothelioma patients benefit greatly from undergoing several forms of treatment. The study's researchers found that post-disease diagnosis patients, who undergo multimodal treatment, live almost twice as long as those who do not.
Mesothelioma patients may be disappointed to learn that a trial of a new mesothelioma drug, anetumab ravtansine, was stopped after the drug was proven to be less effective than an existing drug, vinorelbine. The results of Bayer's Phase II clinical trial showed that the new drug designed to treat recurrent malignant mesothelioma did not slow progression of mesothelioma better than vinorelbine and therefore the trial did not meet its primary endpoint.
Treatments for mesothelioma have become more abundant and more advanced in the last ten years. While there is still no cure, patients are living longer and studies into new treatments have provided encouraging results. One controversial procedure may be more of a viable option due to the utilization of modern technology. According to a renowned thoracic surgeon, robotic surgery may change the future of mesothelioma treatment.
North Carolina residents may be interested to hear that recently, cancer researchers analyzed patients with peritoneal surface cancers to determine if the interval between cytoreductive surgeries with heated hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy is a marker for survival. Fourteen percent of patients in the study had peritoneal mesothelioma, a form of malignant mesothelioma initially affecting the lining of the abdomen. The other patients had peritoneal appendiceal, colorectal or ovarian cancer-related tumors. The study concludes that patients who live longer between surgeries have a greater chance of longer survival overall.
A previous blog post discussed an ongoing trial (Keynote-028) of a promising new treatment for mesothelioma. The study aimed to examine the effects of Keytruda, a checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy drug, on patients with mesothelioma. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now approved Keytruda for treatment of advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma, bringing it one step closer to becoming an approved treatment option for those with mesothelioma.
Thousands of people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. The latency period for mesothelioma is particularly long. Consequently, it has decades to establish itself in the body before disease diagnosis and treatment.
Exposure to asbestos in the workplace can lead to the contraction of a disease such as Mesothelioma. The most common form of Mesothelioma is Pleural Mesothelioma, a malignant cancer which forms on the lining of the lungs. The only approved treatment for this type of cancer is chemotherapy, with virtually no other options available if it is unsuccessful. However, a groundbreaking study introduces the possibility of a promising new treatment.
For a long time, asbestos was used in a variety of products like insulation, motor vehicle brakes, flooring and more. Unfortunately, dust from asbestos can settle in the stomach and lungs and eventually lead to fatal diseases such as mesothelioma.
Three types of vascular diseases are associated with exposure to asbestos fibers: asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Of the three, mesothelioma is the one most likely to be fatal. In this post, we will examine the warning signs for mesothelioma and summarize types of treatment.