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Blog Posts in June, 2017

New Senate Health Bill Could Have Drastic Impact on Mesothelioma Care Costs

The senate is preparing to vote on a new health bill to replace the current version of the Affordable Healthcare Act. Of particular concern for mesothelioma patients are the provisions regarding ...
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Scientists Aim to Deactivate Tumor Protecting Proteins

A cell surface protein called PD-L1 cloaks cancerous tumors from the immune system. It is estimated that approximately 40% of all malignant mesothelioma patients overexpress the PD-L1 protein – ...
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Why Asbestos Still Continues To Claim Lives

An article coming out of the UK, published in the Eastern Daily Press is helping to raise awareness of the fact that Asbestos still remains a danger to this day. Like in the United States, asbestos ...
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Study Finds That Mesothelioma Exposure Continues to Increase 40 Years After Exposure

Polish researchers published a report congruent with the findings of several other studies – the risk of contracting mesothelioma continues to increase even 40 years after a person’s last ...
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Mesothelioma Cancer Staging System

The TNM staging system is the medical standard used in the United States as well as in the international community. The system is updated every 6-10 years to make sure to account for advances in ...
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BAP1 And Mesothelioma Survival Rates

A new research paper out of Fudan China studied the link between the tumor suppressor gene BAP1 and cancer, including malignant mesothelioma. The article, published in Tumor Biology, analyzed over 21 ...
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Boosting Chemotherapy Effectiveness With VEGF Inhibitors

In a new article published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, researchers found that when an optimal dose of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor cediranib is administered that it may ...
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New Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Opens With High Expectations

A recent 125 patient study researching the use of the drugs nivolumab (Opdivo) and ipilimumab (Yervoy) in lieu of standard-of-care chemotherapy (check it out here ) has shown great promise. ...
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New Immunotherapy Drugs Show Promise in Treating Mesothelioma Relapse

A new study out of France, published in the American Society of Clinical Oncology, reports that a combination of the immunotherapy drugs nivolumab (Opdivo) and ipilimumab (Yervoy) are showing promise ...
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Research Nurse in the UK Awarded Grant For Mesothelioma Diagnosis Work

A nurse in the UK has received a grant for the study of a less invasive mesothelioma diagnostic tool - structured light plethysmography or SLP. The procedure takes only five minutes and operates by ...
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Asbestos Sprayers Are Subject to a Higher Lifetime Risk of Mesothelioma

A Finnish study published in Safety and Health at Work studied mesothelioma incidence rates in four separate occupational groups. The report found that asbestosis sprayers or the workers who actually ...
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New Report Suggests That Calretinin Should Be Used As A Biomarker For Mesothelioma

A German study published in the journal BMC Cancer has concluded calretinin, a blood based biomarker, may be able to be used for early detection of mesothelioma. The study found that calretinin has an ...
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Cholesterol Drug May Provide Protection From Radiation Treatment

Japanese researchers have published a report in Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine suggesting that the cholesterol lowering drug Pravastatin may be able to help protect patients from the harmful ...
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Altered Viruses May Soon Fill a Larger Role in the Fight Against Mesothelioma

Dr. Dash and Dr. Patel of Macalester College and University of Minnesota respectively, have published a report in the Biomedicines Special Issue claiming that there are specific types of altered ...
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