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Is there a role for prophylactic radiotherapy to intervention tract sites in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma?

Translational Lung Cancer Research 2018 October [Link] Halford P, Clive AO Malignant pleural mesothelioma has a high morbidity and poor prognosis. Most patients undergo invasive pleural interventions to either facilitate diagnosis and/or alleviate symptoms from malignant pleural effusion. Procedure tract metastasis (PTM) are a well-known complication of pleural procedures in mesothelioma and there has been […]

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Differential Survival characteristics of sarcomatoid subtype biphasic pleural mesothelioma.

Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2018 October 30 [Link] Harling L, Kolokotroni SM, Nair A, Smelt J, King J, Routledge T, Spicer J, Ng W, Bille A Abstract BACKGROUND: Biphasic mesothelioma (BPM) accounts for approximately 10% of all pleural mesothelioma. Our aim was to assess the clinical, radiological and pathological factors impacting survival in BPM and […]

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Is There a Role for Cancer Directed Surgery in Early Stage Sarcomatoid or Biphasic Mesothelioma?

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2018 September 29 [Link] Kim S, Bull DA, Garland L, Khalpey Z, Stea B, Yi S, Hsu CC Abstract BACKGROUND: Benefits of surgery for early stage non-epithelioid MPM have not been clearly elucidated. This study investigated whether cancer-directed surgery affects overall survival compared to non-surgical therapies for T1-T2N0M0 sarcomatoid or […]

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Intensity-modulated radiotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for localized malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Thoracic Cancer 2018 September 21 [Link] Simon M, Shochat T, Peled N, Zer A, Kramer MR, Eldan O, Saute M, Dudnik ER, Allen AM Abstract BACKGROUND: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare disease and management of localized disease is controversial. Radiotherapy has been shown to be useful after extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP), as well as […]

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Proton beam therapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Translational Lung Cancer Research 2018 April 7 [Link] Badiyan SN, Molitoris JK, Zhu M, Glass E, Diwanji T, Simone CB Abstract Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare disease with a poor prognosis. Surgical techniques have made incremental improvements over the last few decades while new systemic therapies, including immunotherapies, show promise as potentially effective […]

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Putative cancer stem cells may be the key target to inhibit cancer cell repopulation between the intervals of chemoradiation in murine mesothelioma.

BMC Cancer 2018 April [Link] Wu L, Blum W, Zhu CQ, Yun Z, Pecze L, Kohno M, Chan ML, Zhao Y, Felley-Bosco E, Schwaller B, de Perrot M. Abstract BACKGROUND: Cancer cell repopulation during chemotherapy or radiotherapy is a major factor limiting the efficacy of treatment. Cancer stem cells (CSC) may play critical roles during […]

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Post-irradiation pericardial malignant mesothelioma with deletion of p16: a case report

Cancer and Biology Medicine 2018 February [Link] Naeini YB, Arcega R, Hirschowitz S, Rao N, Xu H Abstract Malignant mesotheliomas are rather uncommon neoplasms associated primarily with asbestos exposure; however, they may also arise as second primary malignancies after radiation therapy, with a latency period of 15-25 years. Numerous studies have reported an association between […]

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Single-institution experience of intensity-modulated radiotherapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma at University of Catania

Future Oncology 2018 February 5 [Link] Spatola C et. al. Abstract The multimodal approach to malignant pleural mesothelioma is gradually becoming the standard of care for this disease in patients with good performance status. Materials & methods: We report our experience concerning eight cases treated with the use of static step-and-shoot intensity-modulated radiotherapy to the […]

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Evaluating quality of life and cost implications of prophylactic radiotherapy in mesothelioma: Health economic analysis of the SMART trial

PLoS One 2018 February 5 [Link] Stewart SA, Clive AO, Maskell NA, Penz E Abstract BACKGROUND: The SMART trial is a UK-based, multicentre RCT comparing prophylactic radiotherapy and symptom-based (deferred) radiotherapy in 203 patients with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma who had undergone large bore pleural interventions. Using costs and quality of life data collected alongside the […]

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Treatment of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline

Journal of Clinical Oncology 2018 January [Epub ahead of print] [Link] Kindler HL et. al. Abstract Purpose To provide evidence-based recommendations to practicing physicians and others on the management of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Methods ASCO convened an Expert Panel of medical oncology, thoracic surgery, radiation oncology, pulmonary, pathology, imaging, and advocacy experts to conduct a […]

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