Research, Science and Treatments

Genentech Halts Avastin Approval Filing for Mesothelioma

In 2015, data was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting from a Phase III French study that demonstrated improved survival rates for patients who received bevacizumab (Avastin® Genentech, Inc.) in addition to the standard chemotherapy regimen of pemetrexed/cisplatin.
The outcome of the study prompted the independent French cooperative group and Genentech […]



New Discovery: How and Why BAP1 Mutation Increases Susceptibility to Environmental Carcinogens

Michele Carbone, MD, PhD, Director of Thoracic Oncology at the University of Hawaii (UH) Cancer Center, along with his team, have discovered why people carrying mutations of the BAP1 gene are more susceptible to environmental carcinogens, including asbestos, radiation, and ultraviolet light.
BAP1 mutations are seen in approximately 20 percent of all cancers, and Dr. Carbone […]


Updates in Mesothelioma Research from ASCO 2017

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) held its Annual Meeting on June 2-6, 2017 in Chicago. The Meso Foundation’s CEO, Melinda Kotzian, and Director of Research and Medical Outreach, Gleneara Bates, MS, MSW, PhD (c), had the opportunity to attend the conference and hear the latest news reported in mesothelioma research.
Hedy Lee Kindler, MD, […]


Results Show Encouraging Survival Data: Nintedanib for Mesothelioma

On June 5, Anna Nowak, MD, PhD, of the University of Western Australia and member of the Meso Foundation’s Science Advisory Board, presented phase II results from LUME-Meso, a mesothelioma clinical trial sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago.
LUME-Meso is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial evaluating […]