Annals of Palliative Medicine 2020 August 14 [Link] Andrew R Barsky, Michele M Kim, Russell Maxwell, Amberly Mendes, Christopher M Wright, Emily J Anstadt, Sally McNulty, Lei Dong, James M Metz, Steven J Feigenberg, Taoran Li, Keith A Cengel Abstract Background: Radiation therapy (RT) can provide effective symptomatic palliation in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma…

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International Journal of Surgery Case Reports 2020 July 17 [Link] Shigefumi Matsuyama, Tomohiro Imazuru, Masateru Uchiyama, Hiroo Ota, Mitsuru Iida, Tomoki Shimokawa Abstract Introduction: Primary malignant pericardial mesothelioma is a rare tumor that is very difficult to diagnose. Furthermore, it is a lethal disease, because patients usually have progressed at the time of referral. Presentation…

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Lung Cancer 2020 May 30 [Link] Andrew B Thompson, Thomas J Quinn, Zaid A Siddiqui, Muayad F Almahariq, Inga S Grills, Craig W Stevens Abstract Introduction: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a devastating disease with poor survival outcomes for most patients. Optimizing therapeutic approaches is thus vital, but has been hampered by a dearth of…

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Practical Radiation Oncology 2020 February 20 [Link] Patel R, Ludmir EB, Miccio JA, Menon H, Barsky AR, Mesko SM, Kodali M, Lautenschlaeger T, Adeberg S, Simone CB 2nd, Verma V Abstract PURPOSE: To explore the use of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) after lung-sparing surgery in malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). Because severe toxicities have been documented following…

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BioMed Research International 2019 December 20 [Link] Pehlivan B, Sengul K, Yesil A, Nalbant N, Ozturk O, Ozdemir Y, Topkan E Abstract OBJECTIVE: To compare volumetric arc therapy (VMAT) and helical tomotherapy (HT) plans in terms of dosimetric parameters in positron emission tomography- (PET-) computerized tomography- (CT-) based radiation therapy planning in unresectable malignant pleural…

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International Journal of Ratdiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 2019 November 28 [Link] Jackson MR, Ashton M, Koessinger AL, Dick C, Verheij M, Chalmers AJ Abstract The incidence of mesothelioma continues to rise and prognosis remains dismal due to resistance to conventional therapies and few novel treatment options. Failure to activate apoptotic cell death is a resistance…

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Anticancer Research 2019 November [Link] Kuroda A, Matsumoto S, Fukuda A, Nakamichi T, Nakamura A, Hashimoto M, Takuwa T, Kondo N, Tsujimura T, Nakano T, Hasegawa S Abstract BACKGROUND/AIM: We performed multimodality therapy comprising preoperative chemotherapy, extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP), and radiation therapy for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). Although multimodality therapy resulted in good…

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Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine 2019 October 9 [Link] Kuribayashi K, Doi H, Kijima T Abstract Introduction: The surgical arm of the Mesothelioma and Radical Surgery (MARS) trial involved a multimodal approach, with combined therapy consisting of chemotherapy, complete gross resection, and radiation therapy. However, the MARS trial did not compare surgery with chemotherapy, and…

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