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Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is almost always caused by previous exposure to asbestos. In this disease, malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body's internal organs. Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or have been exposed to high levels of asbestos fibers.

Twenty years data analysis shows patients treated with HIPEC may have improved survival rates

Meaningful long-term survival is possible for selected patients suffering from advanced cancer of the abdomen when treated with cytoreductive surgery with Hyperthermic IntraPeritoneal Chemotherapy, or HIPEC, according to a first-of-its-size analysis by physicians at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. [More]

UKATA challenges commonly held view that asbestos related diseases are a thing of the past

Emmerdale’s latest storyline featuring a young girl diagnosed with Mesothelioma is welcome, as it helps organisations like the UK Asbestos Training Association challenge the commonly held view that asbestos related diseases like Mesothelioma are a thing of the past and an old man’s disease - when thanks to asbestos, nothing could be further from the truth. [More]
RPCI receives FDA approval to enroll patients in phase II clinical trial using I-PDT approach

RPCI receives FDA approval to enroll patients in phase II clinical trial using I-PDT approach

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to enroll patients in a phase II clinical trial that will use a unique and highly precise method of delivering interstitial photodynamic therapy (I-PDT) to recurrent tumors of the head and neck. [More]
New era of lung cancer therapy close to dawning

New era of lung cancer therapy close to dawning

A new era of lung cancer therapy is close to dawning, using drugs that can prevent tumour cells from evading the immune system, experts have said at the 4th European Lung Cancer Congress. [More]
FDA grants PMA for Pinnacle's Optiguide DCYL700 Fiber Optic Diffuser Series flexible fiber

FDA grants PMA for Pinnacle's Optiguide DCYL700 Fiber Optic Diffuser Series flexible fiber

Concordia Healthcare Corp. announced today that its subsidiary Pinnacle Biologics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in rare diseases, was granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration premarket supplemental approval (PMA) for its Optiguide DCYL700 Fiber Optic Diffuser Series flexible fiber. [More]
Systemic stem cell therapy reduces malignant mesothelioma growth

Systemic stem cell therapy reduces malignant mesothelioma growth

Systemic delivery of stem cells expressing an apoptosis-inducing protein can successfully incorporate into malignant pleural mesothelioma cells and subsequently induce their death, according to preclinical study findings. [More]
Novel cancer immunotherapy approach may provide new weapon against most deadly tumors

Novel cancer immunotherapy approach may provide new weapon against most deadly tumors

A novel approach to cancer immunotherapy - strategies designed to induce the immune system to attack cancer cells - may provide a new and cost-effective weapon against some of the most deadly tumors, including ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. [More]
Verastem presents preliminary data from VS-6063 Phase 1 trial in Japanese patients with solid tumors

Verastem presents preliminary data from VS-6063 Phase 1 trial in Japanese patients with solid tumors

Verastem, Inc., focused on discovering and developing drugs to treat cancer by the targeted killing of cancer stem cells, today presented preliminary data from an ongoing First-in-Asia Phase 1 trial of VS-6063 in Japanese patients with advanced solid tumors, including one patient with mesothelioma. The Phase 1 study assessed the safety and pharmacokinetics of single agent VS-6063. [More]

RNAi-based screening offers MPM treatment hope

Research using RNA interference-based screening has identified several potential targets for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. [More]
Mesothelioma patients treated with radiation before surgery experience speedier recovery

Mesothelioma patients treated with radiation before surgery experience speedier recovery

Results of clinical research that treated mesothelioma with radiation before surgery show the three-year survival rate more than doubled for study participants afflicted with this deadly disease, compared to treating with surgery first. [More]

Study: Radiation before surgery may show better outcomes for people with mesothelioma

Results of clinical research that treated mesothelioma with radiation before surgery show the three-year survival rate more than doubled for study participants afflicted with this deadly disease, compared to treating with surgery first. [More]
Studies aim to address urgent need to identify possible new methods for mesothelioma treatment

Studies aim to address urgent need to identify possible new methods for mesothelioma treatment

Mesothelioma is a very aggressive cancer associated with asbestos exposure, which is usually diagnosed in an advanced stage. So far no therapeutic strategy has proven effective against this deadly cancer and the prognosis remains very poor with only few exceptions. [More]

Concordia Healthcare acquires Pinnacle Biologics

Concordia Healthcare Corp., an integrated, specialty healthcare company focused on the acquisition of legacy pharmaceutical products and medical devices and the acquisition and/or development of orphan drugs, announced today that it has acquired Pinnacle Biologics, Inc., a U.S.-based biopharmaceutical company specializing in legacy pharmaceuticals which have the potential for development as orphan drugs to treat cancer indications in addition to those for which they have previously been approved. [More]
Engineered immune cells show antitumor activity in two patients with advanced cancers

Engineered immune cells show antitumor activity in two patients with advanced cancers

Engineered immune cells, called CARTmeso cells, designed to direct antitumor immune responses toward tumors that carry a protein called mesothelin, showed antitumor activity in two patients with advanced cancers that had not responded to prior treatments, according to a study published in Cancer Immunology Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. [More]

Chest wall resection effective for recurrent mesothelioma

Salvage chest wall resection could lengthen survival in patients with isolated chest wall recurrence of malignant pleural mesothelioma, research indicates. [More]

Penn Medicine researchers show predictive power of overlooked lymph nodes

For the first time, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have shown the predictive power of a group of overlooked lymph nodes--known as the posterior intercostal lymph nodes--that could serve as a better tool to stage and ultimately treat patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. [More]

Loyola hospital uses new 3-D vision technology for minimally invasive lung surgery

Loyola University Medical Center is the first Illinois hospital to use new 3-D vision technology for minimally invasive lung surgery. [More]

Polaris Group reports positive results from ADI-PEG 20 Phase 2 trial for malignant pleural mesothelioma

Polaris Group announced today that positive results from a randomized Phase 2 trial of ADI-PEG 20, arginine deiminase formulated with polyethylene glycol, for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma were presented at the World Conference on Lung Cancer in Sydney, Australia. [More]
FDA grants orphan drug designation to Aduro's CRS-207 for treatment of pancreatic cancer

FDA grants orphan drug designation to Aduro's CRS-207 for treatment of pancreatic cancer

Aduro BioTech, Inc. announced today that the Office of Orphan Products Development of the Food and Drug Administration has granted orphan drug designation for CRS-207, a novel immunotherapy, for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. [More]
Verastem presents positive results from VS-6063 clinical and preclinical studies at 2013 AACR-NCI-EORTC meeting

Verastem presents positive results from VS-6063 clinical and preclinical studies at 2013 AACR-NCI-EORTC meeting

Verastem, Inc., focused on discovering and developing drugs to treat cancer by the targeted killing of cancer stem cells, announced positive results from the Phase 1 portion of its Phase 1/1b study of defactinib (VS-6063) in combination with paclitaxel in patients with ovarian cancer that were presented at the 2013 AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics in Boston. [More]