HALF a million dollars has been made available for five key research projects into finding a cure for mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma (or, more precisely, malignant mesothelioma) is a rare form of cancer that usually develops after prolonged exposure to asbestos. It is almost always fatal.
Mesothelioma can attack any part of the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body, but it usually targets the lungs.
Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked in jobs where they inhaled asbestos, or were exposed to asbestos dust and fibers in other ways. It has also been suggested that washing clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos increases their risk for developing mesothelioma
However, hopes of the tens of thousands of sufferers worldwide will be raised by the five new research projects which include:
Antibody therapy treatments,
Testing miRNA as a biomarker
The study of the BAP1 gene
The grants have been provided by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, or MARF. All the projects are tasked with the mission of solving problems related to mesothelioma and treatment for it. Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation Director Kathy Wiedemer said: “The Science Advisory Board peer-review process allows us to ensure that only the best and most promising studies are funded.” Many hope that the $500,000 eventually will result in more curative treatments, earlier diagnoses and a better quality of life for mesothelioma patients. Treatments that are expected to lead the future of this cancer include immunotherapy, gene therapy, anti-angiogenesis and photodynamic therapy. Experimental tests through clinical trials will prove essential as potential discoveries must be accurately tested. Learn More About Mesothelioma at http://www.asbestos.com/