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New Report May Fuel Debate on Surgery

Mesothelioma is a deadly type of cancer that affects the lining, or pleura of the lung. When the cancer is diagnosed in its early stages, many patients who are in otherwise good health may be offered lung surgery as an option to improve their longevity and quality of life. The two most common surgeries have » Read More

Misconceptions Regarding Asbestos Exposure in the U.S.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the banning of asbestos fibers in fireplaces and wall patching compounds by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Just four years earlier, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had banned the spray application of the same. Twelve years after the CPSC ban, the EPA went further and banned many » Read More

Potential Asbestos Disease Biomarker

A recent study conducted by doctors at the Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences in Hangzhou, China found that individuals who have been exposed to asbestos and those who are facing asbestos-related illnesses including asbestosis and malignant pleural mesothelioma have higher levels of a protein known as high mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) in their blood. » Read More

Newly Identified Protein Holds Key to Effective Treatments

The fight against pleural mesothelioma may find success in gene therapy. A research team from University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland is working toward discovering the key to effective therapy for some mesothelioma sufferers. Genetic research in combating this cancer is not new, and while the results are promising here is one hurdle to cross. Using » Read More

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