New research reported in a study published in Oncotarget concluded that a protein typically used to track and diagnose mesothelioma may be a helpful tool in predicting treatment outcomes. By tracking soluble mesothelin-related protein (SMRP) levels in the blood doctors can determine the efficacy of the treatments being used.
There are many prognostic tools that doctors use to predict the outcome of treatments such as age, overall health, and at which stage the cancer is caught. Seeking more reliable prognosis tools, the research team analyzed 579 cases. Dr. Long Tian, an author of the study stated that, “The results showed that soluble mesothelin level was significantly correlated with the survival of malignant pleural mesothelioma.”
The tests confirmed that those with the highest level of SMRP in the blood had the worst prognosis. Used in conjunction with other bio-markers SMRP analysis will likely provide the highest degree of accuracy.
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