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Chemotherapy is vital in the treatment of mesothelioma.  However,  it often results in side effects, such as low blood cell counts, thinned or brittle hair, loss of appetite or weight, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, that can be difficult for patients to manage and can sometimes outweigh the benefits of the treatment. Now, researchers report they have developed a technique for delivering medications that are “free of side effects.” Researchers from the University of Virginia [...]

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The goal of treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, is to kill off mesothelioma cells to increase the survival for the patients. But researchers report they discovered dying cancer cells communicate to their surviving cells that can then alter their genetic makeup to fight back the drugs. Finding a way to block this cell-to-cell communication is now the target for development of a novel cancer treatment. Researchers from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Russia and South [...]

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In May, Mesothelioma Help reported that researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center found a “promising new nanotechnology-based delivery method” for immunotherapy using nanoparticles. Now, another team of researchers report they have found a way to use this microscopic drug delivery system “for diagnostics, therapy, or both” for cancer care. In the latest research from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), [...]

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It has been over two years since Mesothelioma Help reported on the start of a clinical trial that used a combination of immunotherapy drugs to treat lung cancer. The trial was designed to determine whether the two drugs would work better than one in the treatment of cancer patients. Now, researchers say early results of the trial show the pair of drugs are “surprisingly effective” at controlling the progression of lung cancer. Immunologist John Wrangle, M.D. and his colleague [...]

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The key to increased life expectancy when battling lung cancer, and other extremely aggressive cancers such as mesothelioma, is early detection. Unfortunately, while there are standard screening tests and guidelines for breast cancer, colon, and prostate cancer, lung cancer screening tests are limited to high risk patients, defined as life-long heavy smokers. Now, researchers have developed a personalized lung cancer screening decision tool which incorporates past asbestos exposure as a [...]

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