Satterley & Kelley PLLC
Know Your Rights. Call 800-655-2117For A Free Initial Consultation.

Researchers explore more effective mesothelioma treatment

Mesothelioma patients in Louisville may have access to improved treatment in the years ahead based on research into a blood-clotting pathway. Researchers at the Langone Medical Center in New York and the Cancer and Vascular Biology Research Center in Haifa, Israel, report that initial results were promising and that additional research is needed, including human clinical trials.

According to researchers, most people with mesothelioma see little benefit from chemotherapy treatments. Researchers focused on how they could block an enzyme called heparanase. Heparanase is responsible for allowing blood to clot by breaking down another substance produced by the body, heparin, which prevents clots. Most cancer tumors produce a lot of heparanase, and the result is that the tumors become more aggressive.

Researchers found that when they blocked heparanase, mesothelioma growth slowed. They began in a laboratory setting and then tested their theory with mice. They also looked at heparanase levels in patients with mesothelioma. Those who had the highest levels of heparanase also had the shortest survival times. Therefore, it appears that inhibiting the production of heparanese may extend the lives of some patients with mesothelioma. Defibrotide is a type of heparanase inhibitor drug that is used by people who have vascular occlusion disease. This means clinical trials might happen sooner since the drug has already been approved for human use.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to products containing asbestos. Many people develop it as a result of workplace exposure, but people may also be exposed to asbestos at school or at home. People who suffer from asbestos-related diseases or people whose loved ones have died from such a disease might be able to file a lawsuit against the party responsible for the exposure. Compensation in such a case might pay for lost income, medical costs and other expenses.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
You do not have to stand alone. Call 855-385-9532 to talk to a lawyer at Satterley & Kelley PLLC in Louisville.

Office Address

8700 Westport Road
Suite 202
Louisville, KY 40242

Toll Free: 800-655-2117
Toll Free: 855-385-9532
Phone: 502-785-8758
Fax: 502-814-5500
Louisville Law Office Map

Office Numbers

Email Us For A Response

Get Help Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy