New Staging System

One of the most significant contributions to the field of mesothelioma research and patient care is the development of a new staging system.  This is a collaborative effort among IMIG, the International Association for the study of Lung Cancer (IALSC) with partial funding by the Meso Foundation.  To characterize which patients will benefit from what type of surgery, what patients should be grouped together for clinical trials and to better understand the biology of mesothelioma, an enormous data collection is now taking place and will be stored in an international database.

The buzz word recently has been “personalized medicine” and this international database, once collected and analyzed, will lead to the implementation of personalized medicine for mesothelioma patients.  This database, through a combination of accurate medical, surgical and pathological data, will yield the most important advances for our patient population and will have protections built-in to avoid any risk of violation of privacy. On the other hand, a patient-based database project, which we had initially considered and studied through our SAB, will not be pursued, as it has been deemed to have no scientific value and not serve the interests of current and future patients and might prove vulnerable for subpoena in litigation cases.

~Mary Hesdorffer, NP

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2 Comments on "New Staging System"

  1. MAY 2010 my husband Gene passed. We are all grieving the BIG loss. For those of you who have lost a loved one, I highly recommend personal therapy, grief support group thru your church or city, and stay in touch with all your friends/loved ones. You will need them 3 months after the loss — that is when it hits you that your loved one is NOT coming back. Hard to believe. He waw diagnosed MAR 2009. We did EVERYTHING – surgeries/radiation therapy/chemo.
    At the end hospice was our friends.

  2. Hello, I am new to this site and just saw your very sad post. I am so sorry for your loss, and the suffering you are going through. My dad was DX in Nov. 2010 and I am terrified every day for him. I don’t let him see it, becauseI am his caregiver and must be strong. But your post hit me, and I just wanted to say I am sorry. I hope time eases your pain, and loving memories provide comfort.

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