vendredi 29 mai 2009

Mesothelioma Treatment Tested at University by Peter Kent

The second phase of a clinical trial testing mesothelioma treatments just commenced at Columbia University, according to news reports. The treatments being tested are to decrease signs and symptoms of peritoneal and malignant pleural mesothelioma, the two most dangerous forms of the disease.

The trial will involve approximately 29 individuals and will last nearly six months.

Two of the drugs that will be tested include oxaliplatin and gemcitabine. According to TransWorldNews, oxaliplatin is "a platinum-containing organic compound which targets cancer cells by inhibiting or specifically preventing replication and repair of the cancer cells‚ DNA." Oxaliplatin is from Sanofi Aventis and is manufactured as Eloxatin.

The drug is commonly used in the treatment of colon and colorectal cancers, according to news reports. Gemcitabine, which is from Eli Lilly and Company is manufactured as Gemzar. The drug, according to TransWorldNews is "a cancer drug which similarly targets the replication processes of cancer cells‚ DNA by inhibiting the production of the cellular material which is necessary for DNA synthesis." Gemzar alone is used to treat patients of ovarian, lung, pancreatic and breast cancer. Combined, researchers are hoping the drugs will effectively treat and decrease mesothelioma symptoms. The Respiratory Disease Clinic in Heckeshorn in Berlin found that, "a therapy of oxapilatin and gemcitabine applied every 21 days in mesothelioma patients resulted in an increased rate of control for the disease, progression," all of which were the results of a December 2008 study."

Developing Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of lung cancer that has been linked to the inhalation of asbestos fibers and asbestos dust. Asbestos is part of a mineral known as vermiculite that was heavily mined during the late 19th century and the early 20th century. The mineral was mined during the 1900's until regulations were implemented.

Although, asbestos is still abundant throughout America today, according to the U.S. government. Some of the following are potential uses including:

* thermal, electrical and sound insulation

* cement

* plastic

* resins

* filtration and liquid sterilization

* friction materials

* asbestos textiles

* paper fabrication

* flooring felts

* roofing products

* pipeline wrapping

* brake and clutch pads

Garnering Mesothelioma Assistance

It is imperative for individuals who suffer from mesothelioma to receive both legal and medical assistance from knowledgeable professionals. In order to prolong signs and symptoms of the disease, individuals must seek immediate medical attention.

Also, further discussing the medical issues and legalities surrounding a mesothelioma case will improve the outcome of a mesothelioma victim. Because of the extreme dangers associated with the disease, it may be possible for a victim to receive monetary compensation. Speaking with a mesothelioma attorney will provide increased knowledge of a mesothelioma case.

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