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Keytruda, an antibody drug used in cancer immunotherapy manufactured by Merck and also known as Pembrolizumab, has been approved by the FDA for treatment of solid tumor cancers. Previously, the drug had only been approved to treat non-small cell lung cancer. This is an important development for certain mesothelioma patients. In a press release, the FDA said that clinical trials showed an effective response rate for 29 percent of patients with mesothelioma and other applicable tumors that [...]

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Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive tumor primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. While there is currently no cure, researchers continue to discover new methods in treating symptoms. A team at theMoffitt Cancer Centerin Tampa has discovered that transarterial chemoperfusion has real potential to extend life expectancy for mesothelioma patients. How does transarterialchemoperfusionwork? Doctors apply a high dosage of drugs including cisplatin, methotrexate, and gemcitabine [...]

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We frequently suggest to patients and patient’s families to seek out a Mesothelioma Center of Excellence if diagnosed with this rare disease. For many, this includes traveling to get care at one of these centers. When the pandemic was first at its peak, a lot of travel was suspended and many just did not feel comfortable traveling away from home. For some who live locally to their Mesothelioma Center of Excellence they were able to have treatment but that was not the case for everyone.   [...]

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The COVID-19 pandemic upended our usual routine and impacted all of our lives. For people that needed medical treatment it became a different experience. Having treatment for anything but coronavirus related illness became the exception. No visitors were allowed in the hospitals for patients no matter what their diagnosis. Many people put off necessary treatment for a later time. Facing cancer at any time is frightening. Facing treatment for a rare cancer such as malignant mesothelioma, [...]

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COVID-19 has impacted our daily lives throughout the U.S. This previously unknown virus that has caused the pandemic we are currently in has scientists all over the world researching for a cure. The virus is educating a lot of people about the clinical trial process. As scientists race to find a cure for this deadly virus, the process that is in place for approval for new medications, treatments, and vaccinations is being questioned. Why does it take so long? Why is participation so low? [...]

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