The website Medical News Today recently released findings of a new treatment for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. The treatment involves PDT (photodynamic therapy) conjunction with lung-sparing surgery. Results look promising in comparison to patients utilizing other mesothelioma treatment options. In this approach, provided the patient can keep both lungs after treatment, patients face better chances […]
Patients often post on our bulletin board about their family members’ issues surrounding mesothelioma, which can differ greatly from the patient perspective. Though we remain sensitive to the needs of the patients, caregivers and bereaved, during this year’s symposium we will also address the impact of mesothelioma in families with children (defined as being under […]
There are a number of conditions that can contribute to cardiac arrhythmias in mesothelioma patients. Arrhythmias are rapid atypical heartbeats which lose the characteristic patterns observed in the normal electrocardiogram (EKG). In mesothelioma, primary cardiac tumors of the heart (pericardial mesothelioma) or in most cases the spread of mesothelioma to the cardiac silhouette, can be […]
I’ve had a chance to gain some distance and perspective over my latest CAT scan results. While they are not horrible, they are certainly not what I had been hoping for, and I find myself right smack back at Square One, wondering what on earth it takes to vanquish this enemy, mesothelioma.
Since my recurrence in […]
These are desperate times and I often get asked the question “should I pay for a treatment that my insurance company is denying”? This often becomes an option after a patient has received standard therapy and possibly one or more clinical trials. Often a physician has a hunch that a particular drug might have activity in mesothelioma, […]