Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure that forms on tissue lining in the lungs, heart, and abdomen. Mesothelioma may occur in the thin layer of tissues of any organ. Treatment is available but it is a rare disease and many patients with mesothelioma can’t bite cured. It is more common in older individuals who worked with asbestos products. Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma vary depending upon where cancer occurs.
Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine has made a discovery regarding the treatment of Mesothelioma. There are specific large chromosomal rearrangements in mesothelioma that help researchers to have an idea that whether immunotherapy treatment would affect or not.
In the case of mesothelioma, neoantigens are present. Neoantigens are cancer proteins that help to trigger immune system response. Also, the presence of neoantigens decides the fate of treatment for mesothelioma. Aaron Mansfield, who is an Oncology researcher says that “It would be an entirely new way of predicting response.”
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance that can be pulled into a fluffy consistency. Asbestos fibers are soft and flexible. They are resistant to heat, electricity and are also not degraded by chemical corrosion. It can take many years for mesothelioma to occur after being exposed to asbestos. So precautions should be taken while working on a field of asbestos or dealing with asbestos products.
Though prognosis for mesothelioma is poor, early detection and new treatments can help to save individuals fighting with mesothelioma.