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Dendritic cell therapy may improve mesothelioma treatments

Various treatments for mesothelioma have been developed, yet none have been found to extend the lives of mesothelioma patients beyond a few months. Residents of Kentucky should know that the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors is also ineffective, the reason being that mesothelioma can keep dendritic cells, which are immune system cells, from activating the T-cells that can attack the cancer.

New liquid biopsy could diagnose mesothelioma early

Louisville residents should be aware that mesothelioma, especially pleural mesothelioma, is an aggressive cancer. What makes matters worse is that most people are diagnosed in its late stages and thus have a low survival rate. However, Israeli researchers have found that a new cancer blood test could identify early-stage mesothelioma.

Symptoms and risk factors of mesothelioma

Every year in the U.S., there are approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma. This disease, which usually arises from prolonged exposure to asbestos, equally affects men and women regardless of age or profession. However, Louisville residents should know that it may take years or even decades before they are ever diagnosed with it.

Radiotherapy may not offer benefit for mesothelioma patients

Mesothelioma patients in Kentucky may soon be receiving a different recommended treatment plan from their oncologist. A new study found that prophylactic radiotherapy may not be a successful treatment option for this form of cancer. Prophylactic radiotherapy has been used for over 20 years in the treatment of pleural mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma and nonexpandable lung

Kentucky residents who have a nonexpandable lung may have malignant mesothelioma. The lungs of people with malignant mesothelioma are unable to expand to the chest wall, which makes it difficult for them to inhale and exhale normally. This inability of the lung to expand properly can be the result of fibrotic changes in the chest cavity and of inflammation. According to researchers who examined patients who were diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, a nonexpendable lung in cancer patients who can be an accurate indicator of patient mortality.

Mesothelioma survival rates have not improved

Kentucky patients who have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma may be interested to learn that survival rates have not improved throughout the last few decades despite the fact that the treatments for the disease are improving. According to a study, patients with mesothelioma have a median survival rate of 15 months, which has barely changed since 1990.

New breath test may detect early-stage mesothelioma

Researchers hope that a test of breath-based biomarkers can help them detect mesothelioma in its early stages. Louisville residents should know that historically, the U.S. has been lagging behind Europe in the use of breath tests to identify cancer. In 2017, a study from Belgium showed the potential benefits of breath tests for asbestos-related conditions like mesothelioma.

Defactinib ineffective for malignant pleural mesothelioma

A COMMAND Phase 2 trial of maintenance therapy using the drug defactinib has been found unable to increase the survival rate of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. This aggressive and incurable cancer has few treatment options to begin with; Louisville residents should know that the primary treatment is chemotherapy using a combination of the drugs pemetrexed and cisplatin.

A swallowing problem may indicate mesothelioma

A Kentucky resident experiencing problems swallowing may have an early sign indicating a cancer diagnosis of mesothelioma. Known as dysphagia, this type of symptom involving swallowing difficulties is not usually associated with asbestos-related illnesses. However, a Spanish medical journal recently published an article expressing the view that a swallowing problem could indicate the beginning stage of mesothelioma. There are two types of mesothelioma: pleural mesothelioma affects the lungs, and peritoneal mesothelioma affects the abdomen.

Systemic inflammation shortens lives of mesothelioma patients

Mesothelioma, as Louisville residents may know, is an aggressive cancer usually caused by long-term exposure to asbestos. Among mesothelioma patients, there are several factors that can determine how long they have to live, and Chinese researchers have recently pointed to systemic inflammation as one of those factors. Their results were published in Cancer Management and Research.

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