Monthly Archives: September 2014


Mesothelioma Researchers Hope Spice Leads to Treatment

The discovery that it may be possible to treat mesothelioma with a drug derived from an Asian spice has researchers at Case Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ohio savoring the taste of triumph. Their findings appear this week in the print edition of the journal Clinical Cancer Research. Joined by colleagues from the Georg-Speyer-Haus in Frankfurt,

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Macrophage Ratio Shift Could Doom Mesothelioma Tumors

Dutch scientists are theorizing that mesothelioma can be beaten by upsetting the balance between macrophage types found in each mesothelioma tumor. Macrophages should be seen as a therapeutic target in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma, contend the researchers from Erasmus MC Cancer Institute in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in the peer-reviewed online journal PLOS ONE.

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Jazz Great Joe Sample Didn’t Let Mesothelioma Slow His Tempo

Although mesothelioma this month claimed legendary jazz pianist Joe Sample, the founding member of The Crusaders never once let the disease stop him from living life to the fullest. Sample, 75, who received treatment from top mesothelioma clinic MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, was until recently on a concert tour with Louisiana-style zydeco band

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7 Ways to Make This Mesothelioma Awareness Day Count

September 26 is National Mesothelioma Awareness Day in the U.S. In 2014, it falls on a Friday, although many mesothelioma awareness-building activities are set to unfold over the following weekend. You might be wondering how you can join in and lend your voice to this year’s countrywide chorus of Americans concerned about mesothelioma. It’s as

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Mesothelioma Blood Vessel Growth Caused by Gene’s Signals

Discovery of a gene that helps mesothelioma take delivery of nourishing blood could open the door to a new type of mesothelioma treatment. The find was made by researchers at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. It was reported in the journal Nature. Specifically, discovery of the gene answers many questions scientists have

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Researchers Tell Mesothelioma Cells to Shut Up and Go Away

Researchers think they’ve hit upon a tricky way to stunt or even stop pleural mesothelioma cell growth. They’ve got a gene that tells the cancer to shut up when it comes to the expression of mesothelin. Mesothelin is a protein contained in the healthy mesothelial cells that make up the lining of the chest and

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Malignant Mesothelioma Falsely Read as Benign by CT Scans

Researchers in England have concerns that using just a CT scan to identify malignant mesothelioma may miss pleural malignancies and lead to incorrect diagnoses. A “significant proportion” of patients examined for suspected mesothelioma with the aid of nothing more than a CT scanner can expect to be told they do not have the disease, when

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Photodynamic Mesothelioma Drug Begins Phase 2 Trial

Researchers are launching a Phase 2 clinical trial to make sure the impressive mesothelioma survival rates they achieved earlier with a novel photodynamic therapy-enhancing drug were no fluke. If the drug continues to prove itself in the course of Phase 2 testing, researchers say it could change the way doctors now think about treating mesothelioma.

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Food Poisoning Bacteria Kills Mesothelioma

You know how bad it feels when you get sick from eating food that’s gone bad. So you’re probably happy to learn that food poisoning sickens mesothelioma cells so viciously that they die. Mesothelioma cells don’t get food poisoning the same way you do. The cells don’t eat things that are past their shelf-life or

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