New study shows that mesothelioma therapies are underutilized in women

June 16, 2020 By Melissa Soria

A new study has found that #mesothelioma therapies are underutilized in women. A research team of specialists has uncovered a surprising underutilization of treatments for pleural mesothelioma cancer in women. Women were 15% less likely to receive aggressive mesothelioma surgery that has proven its worth in extending lives for this cancer, which has no definitive cure. They…

Immunotherapy/chemotherapy study shows promise at ASCO 2020

June 4, 2020 By Melissa Soria

A phase 2 immunotherapy clinical trial combining durvalumab, an immunotherapy drug, with standard treatment of Alimta (pemetrexed)/cisplatin has shown promising overall survival results.  The study enrolled 55 patients and showed a median survival of 20.1 months. Of those 55 patients, 31 demonstrated a partial response, and 22 had stable disease. Most frequently observed adverse events included fatigue, nausea, anemia, and constipation…

Coronavirus and Mesothelioma Victims

March 11, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Mesothelioma patients and their caregivers have to be extra vigilant during this time as a result of the fast-spreading Coronavirus. Here is what the CDC recommends to stay healthy: * Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. * Use alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. * Avoid touching…

New liquid biopsy test unveiled for mesothelioma

February 18, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Cellular Analytics, a biotechnology company in Ontario, Canada, has unveiled a novel liquid biopsy test for mesothelioma that could lead to more effective management of this rare cancer. The test has the potential to produce a much-earlier diagnosis of disease and the ability to personalize treatment and better predict a patient’s response to specific therapies.…

Asbestos in talc can increase the risk of mesothelioma

January 29, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Did you know that asbestos in talc can increase the risk of mesothelioma? Talc is used in food processing, and to make some supplements, pharmaceutical pills, gum, and rice. Consumer groups have also found it in crayons and children’s toys. Talc is also used in many cosmetics: lipstick, mascara, face powder, blush, eye shadow, and foundation.