For years mesothelioma cancer victims have suffered with no reprieve from their condition, caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers. However, victims received a glimmer of hope as scientists publish a study detailing a potential treatment of cancerous cells. The study, released in May 2008 in the Journal of Translational Medicine, exposed a weakness of the cancerous cells when treated to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which many know as anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin. Scientists combined the NSAIDs with Piroxicam and cisplatin (CDDP) and used the drugs to treat mesothelioma cells.
The results were astounding as the treatment actually caused an anti-tumoral effect. The research, considered by some to be breakthrough research for victims of mesothelioma cancer, will continue to be studied but the initial results highlighted a significant and positive trend toward cancer cell repression and prevention, particularly for malignant mesothelioma. According to researchers, because of the potential treatments' anti-tumoral results, advances in therapy treatment may be further explored. What is Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer? There are several varieties of mesothelioma cancer, however, malignant mesothelioma is considered one of the most lethal. According to the study, "prognosis is poor and patients have a median survival of a few months in either treated or untreated cases.
" Malignant mesothelioma is a rare cancer with malignant cancer cells forming on the sac lining of the chest or abdomen, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It is often associated with exposure to airborne asbestos particles and fibers, which increases the risk of malignant mesothelioma developing in an individual. Signs and Symptoms of Malignant Mesothelioma Malignant mesothelioma is often marked by several symptoms including lumps in abdomen, weight loss, pain or swelling in the abdomen, pain under the rib cage and difficulties breathing. The cancer can also often cause fluid retention in the abdomen or around the lungs. The cancer often has symptoms similar to other conditions making misdiagnosis of the condition common.
Medical professionals have even admitted that malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer are very similar and differentiating between the two is difficult, however, there is an array of tests that physicians can use to increase the potential for a more accurate diagnosis. Tests for diagnosis may include the patient enduring physical exams, chest x-rays, biopsy of body tissues, getting a complete blood count (CBC), cytologic exam, which is an exam of cells under a microscope, or a bronchoscopy procedure where a bronchoscope is inserted into the nose or mouth for a better view of airways. Diagnosing and Treating Malignant Mesothelioma While treatments for mesothelioma are rare in and of themselves, it becomes increasingly difficult to treat malignant mesothelioma because of the severity of the condition. Factoring in the best method of treatment often depends on several factors. The following is a detailed list of these factors, according to the NCI: * The stage of cancer, which includes stage I or localized malignant mesothelioma or advanced malignant mesothelioma that includes stage II, stage III and stage IV.
* The size of a tumor. * Potential for tumor removal through a surgical procedure. * The amount of fluid gathered in the chest or abdomen. * A victim's age, physical health and previous health issues. * Type of mesothelioma cancer. * Whether a cancer is reoccurring or just recently diagnosed.
Often, cancer may spread through the lymph system, blood stream or other bodily tissues. Treatments for malignant mesothelioma can range from surgery to therapy, including chemotherapy and biological therapy to clinical trials, although the outcome is based on the progression of the cancer and most often, individuals are not aware of their condition until it reaches an advanced and, usually, an untreatable stage. Asbestos Exposure and What to Do Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was used heavily in a range of building materials from vinyl flooring to insulation.
It was prized for its inexpensive production costs and fire-retardant ability making it ideal among construction companies. Unfortunately, the inhalation of high levels of asbestos dust and fibers contributed to the development of mesothelioma cancer. Unfortunately, this discovery came far too late, as millions of Americans working in the industry were exposed and millions more continue to remain at risk for exposure as asbestos still exists in homes, schools, apartment complexes and dozens of other types of buildings across the country. Individuals who believe they may have been exposed to asbestos particles and fibers should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If mesothelioma is the outcome it is advisable for a patient to receive consultation from an experienced mesothelioma attorney, as the potential for a mesothelioma lawsuit may exist with the opportunity for monetary compensation.
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