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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.
Concordia signs collaboration agreement with Orphan Canada for PHOTOFRIN

Concordia signs collaboration agreement with Orphan Canada for PHOTOFRIN

Concordia Healthcare Corp., a diverse healthcare company focused on legacy pharmaceutical products, orphan drugs, and medical devices for the diabetic population, today announced that its subsidiary, Pinnacle Biologics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in rare diseases, has signed a collaboration agreement for PHOTOFRIN® with Orphan Canada, a Toronto-based specialty pharmaceutical company that in‐licenses therapies for rare disorders and specialty medicines within Canada. Under the agreement, Pinnacle and Orphan Canada will partner to support the continued supply of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) using PHOTOFRIN in Canada. [More]
CD157 important in malignant pleural mesothelioma

CD157 important in malignant pleural mesothelioma

CD157 plays a pivotal role in the progression of malignant pleural mesothelioma and may be useful in the stratification of patients into different prognostic groups, Italian research suggests. [More]
Concordia subsidiary enrolls patients in Phase 2 trial to evaluate PDT with PHOTOFRIN in mesothelioma

Concordia subsidiary enrolls patients in Phase 2 trial to evaluate PDT with PHOTOFRIN in mesothelioma

Concordia Healthcare Corp., a diverse healthcare company focused on legacy pharmaceutical products, orphan drugs, and medical devices for the diabetic population, announced today that its subsidiary Pinnacle Biologics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in rare diseases, enrolled the first patients in a randomized Phase 2 trial to evaluate Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) with PHOTOFRIN for patients with epithelioid malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). [More]
Penn receives $8 million grant from NCI to study effects of PDT

Penn receives $8 million grant from NCI to study effects of PDT

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Roswell Park Cancer Institute have received an $8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study the effects of photodynamic light therapy (PDT) in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare, aggressive and deadly cancer that most often manifests itself in the lining of the lungs and is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. [More]
Researchers receive $8 million NCI grant to study effects of PDT in patients with mesothelioma

Researchers receive $8 million NCI grant to study effects of PDT in patients with mesothelioma

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Roswell Park Cancer Institute have received an $8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the effects of photodynamic light therapy (PDT) in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare, aggressive and deadly cancer that most often manifests itself in the lining of the lungs and is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. [More]
Penn’s immunotherapy receives FDA's Breakthrough Therapy designation for ALL treatment

Penn’s immunotherapy receives FDA's Breakthrough Therapy designation for ALL treatment

A University of Pennsylvania-developed personalized immunotherapy has been awarded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Breakthrough Therapy designation for the treatment of relapsed and refractory adult and pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). [More]
EnGeneIC plans for Phase 2a trial of EGFR-targeted doxorubicin-packaged EDV nanocells for GBM

EnGeneIC plans for Phase 2a trial of EGFR-targeted doxorubicin-packaged EDV nanocells for GBM

EnGeneIC, Ltd., an emerging biopharmaceutical company focused on revolutionizing the treatment of cancer through the targeted delivery of therapeutic agents directly to cancer cells, today announced plans to move forward with a Phase 2a clinical trial in the U.S. using its formulation of EGFR-targeted, EDV nanocells packaged with doxorubicin for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma (GBM), a common and aggressive type of brain tumor. [More]
FAK inhibitors prevent ovarian cancer progression

FAK inhibitors prevent ovarian cancer progression

A team of scientists, led by principal investigator David D. Schlaepfer, PhD, professor in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that small molecule inhibitors to a protein called focal adhesion kinase (FAK) selectively prevent the growth of ovarian cancer cells as tumor spheroids. [More]
Penn researchers awarded $10 million grant to study adverse health effects, remediation of asbestos

Penn researchers awarded $10 million grant to study adverse health effects, remediation of asbestos

Researchers at the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, have been awarded a $10 million grant from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences over the next four years to study asbestos exposure pathways that lead to mesothelioma, the bioremediation of this hazardous material, and mechanisms that lead to asbestos-related diseases. [More]
Biomarkers help resolve differential diagnosis between MPM and non-cancerous pleural tissue

Biomarkers help resolve differential diagnosis between MPM and non-cancerous pleural tissue

Scientists have identified four biomarkers that may help resolve the difficult differential diagnosis between malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and non-cancerous pleural tissue with reactive mesothelial proliferations (RMPs). [More]
CRS-207 and chemotherapy combination Phase 1b trial data for unresectable MPM presented at ASCO 2014

CRS-207 and chemotherapy combination Phase 1b trial data for unresectable MPM presented at ASCO 2014

Aduro BioTech, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company, today announced the presentation of safety and efficacy data from a Phase 1b clinical trial of its novel immunotherapy CRS-207 in combination with standard chemotherapy in patients with unresectable malignant pleural mesothelioma. [More]
Castle Biosciences reports study results from DecisionDx-EC multi-analyte test for esophageal cancer

Castle Biosciences reports study results from DecisionDx-EC multi-analyte test for esophageal cancer

Castle Biosciences Inc. today announced study results from its proprietary multi-analyte test DecisionDx-EC, which is designed to determine which patients with esophageal cancer are likely to respond or not respond to standard pre-surgical chemoradiation therapy. [More]
ArQule to present tivantinib clinical trial data at ASCO 2014

ArQule to present tivantinib clinical trial data at ASCO 2014

ArQule, Inc. today announced that tivantinib will be included in seven presentations during the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to be held from May 30, 2014 to June 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. [More]
Verastem announces expansion of ongoing COMMAND study in Japan

Verastem announces expansion of ongoing COMMAND study in Japan

Verastem, Inc., focused on discovering and developing drugs to treat cancer by the targeted killing of cancer stem cells, today announced the expansion of its ongoing COMMAND study to include clinical trial sites in Japan. [More]
NCCN publishes new patient resource for stage 0 breast cancer

NCCN publishes new patient resource for stage 0 breast cancer

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), with the support of the NCCN Foundation®, announces the availability of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Breast Cancer Stages 0 - IV—the latest addition to the library of NCCN Guidelines for Patients available online free-of-charge at NCCN.org/patients. [More]
Researchers launch detailed atlas with environment and health maps

Researchers launch detailed atlas with environment and health maps

Researchers have launched a detailed atlas with environment and health maps at a fine scale across England and Wales. [More]
Twenty years data analysis shows patients treated with HIPEC may have improved survival rates

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]