Japanese Team Proposes New Prognostic Index for Mesothelioma, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Scientists in Japan say they have come up with a more reliable way to predict prognosis in newly-diagnosed malignant pleural mesothelioma patients.

Prognostic Index for Mesothelioma

Predicting Mesothelioma Prognosis

Existing prognostic indices for malignant pleural mesothelioma do not incorporate the recent advances...

Researchers from three Japanese universities have created a new point system for predicting mesothelioma prognosis. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted details of the new system on its website. Click here to read the story now.

Doctors with Kyoto University, Hyogo College of Medicine, and Fukushima Medical University analyzed the outcomes of 283 mesothelioma patients over six years in an effort to quantify which factors had the greatest impact on survival.

“Existing prognostic indices for malignant pleural mesothelioma do not incorporate the recent advances in oncology care,” writes study author Yoshiko Kataoka with Kyoto University.

The research published in the Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology assigns points and predicts survival based on four factors: whether the patient had chemotherapy, the patient’s overall health, the mesothelioma subtype, and cancer stage.

“These findings are important because accurate prognostic information not only helps mesothelioma patients and families make decisions, but it can also help doctors decide on a course of therapy,” says Alex Strauss, Surviving Mesothelioma’s Managing Editor.

For a more complete explanation of the study's findings, see A New Prognostic Index for Mesothelioma? now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Kataoka, Y et al, “A new prognostic index for overall survival in malignant pleural mesothelioma: the rPHS (regimen, PS, histology or stage) index,” April 2, 2015, Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology, Epub ahead of print, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25838292

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