UK Study Supports Radiotherapy for Mesothelioma Pain, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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A new report suggests that almost half of mesothelioma patients who are in pain feel better within a few weeks of palliative radiation.

Mesothelioma Pain Relieved with Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy for Mesothelioma Pain

47% of patients alive at week 5 had an improvement in their pain.

Cancer researchers in the UK say the widespread practice of using radiation to treat mesothelioma patients who are in pain really can make a difference for some patients. Surviving Mesothelioma has the full story on its website. Click here to read it now.

Scientists at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre in Scotland and two other UK cancer centers put palliative radiotherapy to the test and found that it helped relieve pain for a significant number of mesothelioma patients.

“Based on a complete case analysis of the 30 patients assessable at week 5, 47% of patients alive at week 5 had an improvement in their pain,” writes investigator Dr. Nicholas MacLeod.

According to the report in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, the phase II trial included 40 mesothelioma patients who were given 20 Gy of radiation in 5 daily fractions. Those who improved saw results in about 5 weeks.

“Although radiotherapy is often used for mesothelioma pain relief, there has been little evidence that it actually works,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “This study shows that there is real hope for mesothelioma patients who are coping with pain and their families.”

To read the details of the new radiotherapy research and learn more about the underlying causes of mesothelioma pain, see Evidence Supports Radiotherapy for Mesothelioma Pain Relief now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

MacLeod, N, et al, “Is radiotherapy useful for treating pain in mesothelioma? A phase II trial”, February 4, 2015, Journal of Thoracic Oncology, Epub ahead of print,

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