New York, NY (PRWEB) September 4, 2008
MesotheliomaHelp.net has updated its Recent News blog with a report on a chemotherapy study that investigated the efficacy of combination chemotherapy using pemetrexed and gemcitabine for the treatment of peritoneal mesothelioma. Previous studies have shown that pemetrexed is among the most active chemotherapy agents for the treatment of mesothelioma and its use in combination therapy with cisplatin represents the chemotherapy standard of care for pleural mesothelioma. Gemcitabine is a commonly-used chemotherapy agent for a number of other forms of cancer.
20 patients with unresectable, histologically-confirmed peritoneal mesothelioma were enrolled in the study, although not all patients were able to complete the full treatment plan. The study concluded that pemetrexed and gemcitabine were active in the treatment of the disease, with the patient cohort under investigation demonstrating an overall survival figure of 26.8 months. However, the chemotherapy regimen also caused a high number of treatment effects in patients, so the authors of the study suggested that future trials should investigate the treatment at lower dosage levels. Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare disorder and no standard of care yet exists for its treatment, so this study was an important attempt to learn more about effective therapies for patients with the disease.
For a full report on the study, please view the article on our website: http://www.mesotheliomahelp.net
Mesothelioma is a disease caused only by exposure to asbestos. It most commonly affects the pleural surfaces in the chest cavity, where it is known as pleural mesothelioma, but it can also affect the peritoneum (peritoneal mesothelioma), the pericardium (pericardial mesothelioma) and the tunica vaginalis in males (mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis). Current medical therapies can treat symptoms of the disease and may slow its progress, but a cure has not yet been found and the disease is almost always fatal. Mesothelioma has robbed thousands of families of life and loved ones and, tragically, its worldwide incidence is on the rise.
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