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Blood Counts and Cancer Treatment

Chemotherapy and radiation are designed to kill cancerous cells. Unfortunately, healthy cells can also be damaged during mesothelioma treatment, and this can lead to a number of health problems. Learn about the types of blood cells and how they may be affected by cancer treatment. There are three types of blood cells, and each type of cell has a specific purpose and function. White blood cells...

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New Blood Test May Lead To Earlier Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Mesothelioma has a very long latency period: it could take many decades for the disease to reach a stage where diagnosis is possible. Because of this, mesothelioma is often not diagnosed until the disease has reached Stage 3 or 4. This means that most mesothelioma patients are not able to even begin treatment until the disease is highly advanced, leading to a very short life expectancy (roughly...

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New Study Could Lead to Earlier Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Up to 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a disease that can take decades to appear, every year. Mesothelioma symptoms can mimic those of les serious, common illnesses, and for this reason a mesothelioma diagnosis is often delayed until the cancer has reached its final stages. Because of this, effectively treating any form of mesothelioma is very difficult and the...

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Closer to an Understanding of Mesothelioma Metastasis

Researchers at MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) are coming closer to tracing the cause of mesothelioma metastasis (spreading) after identifying the mechanism that causes cancer cells to detach from the original tumor site and travel to other parts of the body. Most of the time cancer cells are stationary, but in some cases they break free and circulate. Researchers are hopeful...

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