The results of our study could offer new treatment to this population of patients...
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) October 20, 2014
Cancer researchers in Spain have presented their findings on PD-L1, a protein that suppresses the body’s anti-tumor response. As Surviving Mesothelioma reports, the research team says targeting this protein could offer a new way to combat mesothelioma. Click here to read the full story.
Doctors at Vall d’Hebron Institute Oncology in Barcelona, Spain say PD-L1 was present in 20 percent of the 119 mesothelioma patients they tested.
"The results of our study could offer new treatment to this population of patients, identifying a subset of malignant pleural mesothelioma patients who expressed PD-L1 and could be treated with targeted therapies to PD-L1," writes investigator Dr. Susana Cedres.
The study, presented at this year’s European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Conference in Barcelona, Spain, found that mesothelioma patients who expressed PD-L1 had a much shorter survival time than patients who did not.
“Although only a limited number of mesothelioma patients express this particular protein, this study illustrates why immunotherapy is considered one of the most promising new approaches for mesothelioma and other cancers,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma.
To read more about the study’s findings and the role that PD-L1 may play in mesothelioma prognosis, see Protein Discovery Could Open Door to New Treatment for 1 in 5 Mesothelioma Patients, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
Cedres, S et al, “15560 PR – Analysis of expression of programmed cell death 1 ligand 1 (PD-L1) in malignant pleural mesothelioma, European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2014 Conference, Barcelona, Spain, https://www.webges.com/cslide/library/esmo/browse/search/nVW#9fay02E6
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