Monthly Archives: August 2014

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‘Dye Hard with a Vengeance’ is Battle Cry in Mesothelioma War

When you have mesothelioma surgery, the doctor wielding the knife can never really be sure that of finding all of the cancer. That’s because mesothelioma has a way of blending in with healthy tissues along the edges of the tumor.  As a result, tissues the surgeon believes are healthy and avoids cutting out may be

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Mesothelioma Survival Rates Up with New Approach at Center

Doctors at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle are now confirming that radiation therapy given before mesothelioma surgery is better for some patients than giving it to them afterward. Not long ago, the mesothelioma treatment center began offering preoperative radiation to complement its traditional package of surgery with either or both chemotherapy and postoperative radiation.

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Kill Mesothelioma Cells by Injecting Salt

Rubbing salt in a wound causes pain. But researchers now think that applying salt to a cancer — mesothelioma, for instance — could cause healing. The healing would come about as malignant cells die off from overdosing on salt, say the researchers who figured out that putting cancer on a massively sodium-rich diet isn’t healthy for the

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Mesothelioma Pain-Relief Option Is Threatened

Clinical investigators conducted a study that may persuade the United Kingdom government to keep making percutaneous cervical cordotomy available to mesothelioma patients. Currently, pleural mesothelioma victims can get the pain-controlling procedure at just four mesothelioma treatment centers. The government health system in the U.K. isn’t sure it’s worth leaving it on the menu of options.

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Fighting Mesothelioma and Other Cancer Unites Congress

The politically divided U.S. Congress agrees on practically nothing — except mesothelioma. Now, in a rare show of bipartisan unity, members from both parties are currently lining up to help others find a mesothelioma cure. They want to make sure victims of the asbestos cancer get more support. This coming together of customary foes is being

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Low Cholesterol Doesn't Help Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Not Stopped by Low Cholesterol

Lowering your cholesterol might not be able to help you fight mesothelioma after all. In May, we reported on research that contended getting rid of “bad” cholesterol and increasing “good” cholesterol could stop mesothelioma from spreading to other parts of your body. New research from the University of Western Australia in Perth suggests the opposite.

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New Mesothelioma Diagnosis Tool Is a Blood Test

The way your doctor typically tells for sure if you have mesothelioma is by ordering a biopsy. But an invasive diagnostic procedure like that could soon become a thing of the past. Researchers in the United Kingdom are trying out a newly developed test that involves little more than taking a blood sample and subjecting

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Mesothelioma Research Arm Gets Funding

Nationwide mesothelioma research has dodged a bullet thanks to a federal agency decision to keep a vital mesothelioma tissue-lending program fully funded for the next two years. The National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank for Translational Research was facing closure due to a government budget cut. But the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety in June

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Even Without Asbestos Mesothelioma Risk Rises

You need to be exposed to asbestos just once to find yourself at risk for developing mesothelioma. And new research suggests the mesothelioma risk created by that single exposure actually grows over time. Appearing in the May 19 edition of the journal Thorax, the findings indicate that the risk for pleural mesothelioma keeps rising for

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