Mesothelioma Patients Live Longer After Aggressive Cancer Surgery

Aggressive pleurectomy/decortication surgery, while often recommended, will cause a significant decrease in pulmonary function with early-stage mesothelioma patients whose symptoms were previously minimal. More symptomatic patients with advanced disease will experience an improved quality of life and a preservation of their current pulmonary status after the same surgery. Those findings were reported in a study from the Department of Surgery, Division of Oncology at the University of Chicago Medical Center, raising questions about aggressive surgery for the early stages of mesothelioma. "Some of the results might be a little unexpected," renowned cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Wickii Vigneswaran, told "They gave us something to look closer at. They didn't change our thinking." The study was published last month in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Performance Status Is Key The P/D surgery involves the removal of the pleural lining around the lungs, as well as any visible tumors on the lungs or surrounding areas. The surgery also often involves partial or complete resection of the diaphragm, which is rebuilt with prosthetics. The study included 36 mesothelioma patients at the University of Chicago Cancer Center, all of whom had the P/D surgery performed by Vigneswaran, one of the country's leading thoracic surgeons. He also is well known for his expertise in thoracic organ transplants. There were 17 patients with a performance status (PS) of 0 at ...
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The asbestos cleanup of Libby, Montana, is coming to a celebrated close. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon end the largest, longest-running asbestos cleanup project in American history. It’s a bittersweet ending to what is left behind. The 19-year, $600 million EPA Superfund project aimed to right the wrongs created by the shuttered W.R. Grace and Co. vermiculite mine. Once the lifeblood of the community, it also became a cold-hearted killer. Although the mine was closed almost 30 years ago, health officials have since documented more than 400 deaths linked to asbestos-related diseases such as mes...
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CONCLUSIONS: Although jobs with high potential for exposure to asbestos products were held by only 20% of the enlisted naval population, sailors with these jobs (machinist's mate, pipe fitter, boiler technician, water tender and fireman) experienced 55% of mesothelioma deaths. The significantly higher mortality rate overall was explained by asbestos exposure among enlisted naval personnel in this low-dose radiation exposed cohort. PMID: 30513236 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: International Journal of Radiation Biology - Category: Radiology Tags: Int J Radiat Biol Source Type: research
You're reading 4 Key Ingredients to Avoid in Cosmetics, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. As you walk down a store’s beauty aisle, it’s easy to choose the most popular brands and products that line the shelves. After all, they are on sale and the labels claim to be organic or all natural. Despite these perks, what consumers fail to realize is that these labels can deceive consumers into believing their items are safe and toxin-free. The truth is the beauty market across the United States has lack...
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Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) remains a devastating disease with an increasing worldwide incidence. Prognosis is poor; median overall survival is only 9-18 months. Few patients are suitable for surgery and the mainstay of therapy remains systemic cytotoxic chemotherapy. Combination cisplatin/pemetrexed is the standard of care first line regimen, offering survival benefit of a few months. Patients invariably progress, and while there is currently no established second line regimen, single agent vinorelbine is used on the basis of activity in small trials.
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Radiation oncologist Dr. Andrea McKee believes deaths from lung cancer — including those related to asbestos exposure — could be reduced significantly by increased utilization of early CT screening. McKee, chair of radiation oncology at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Maine, has been a strong proponent of early screening for several years. “We could be saving tens of thousands of lives every year with this,” McKee told The Mesothelioma Center at “There is nothing else like it. The life-saving potential is the most important thing that has happened to cancer in my...
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Conclusions: Forty years after the Occupational and Safety Health Act, mesothelioma incidence and mortality remain elevated in Wisconsin, with increased risk continuing for certain I&O groups.
Source: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine - Category: Occupational Health Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLES Source Type: research
Condition:   Mesotheliomas Pleural Interventions:   Drug: Pembrolizumab;   Procedure: Indocyanine Green (ICG) Image-Guided Surgery;   Drug: Cisplatin;   Drug: Pemetrexed Sponsor:   Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania Not yet recruiting
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Malignant mesothelioma is associated with long-term exposure to asbestos [1 –3]. Consequently, asbestos consumption is banned or controlled in a large number of industrialized countries and should be banned worldwide to reduce the incidence of asbestos-related diseases [4–6]. However, the incidence of mesothelioma continues to go up due to the long latency period of 20- 50 years between exposure and the development of mesothelioma [7,8].
Source: Lung Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
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