By quantifying how these measurements change with [mesothelioma] treatment, it is possible to observe treatment effects.
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) October 16, 2015
Doctors studying ways to measure the response of mesothelioma to treatment say functional imaging tests like PET and diffusion-weighted MRI may offer some advantages over standard techniques. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new research. Click here to read it now.
Scientists with the UK’s Institute of Cancer Research say the unusual shape of mesothelioma tumors can make it difficult to monitor how they’re responding to treatment. Functional imaging tests monitor more than just shape and size, but also cellular processes.
“By quantifying how these measurements change with [mesothelioma] treatment, it is possible to observe treatment effects,” says writes study author Dr. Lin Cheng in the journal Lung Cancer.
Mesothelioma tumors typically spread out over the pleural or peritoneal membrane instead of forming a ball like other types of solid tumors. This can make it challenging both to treat and monitor mesothelioma.
“Accurate evaluation of response to treatment is especially vital with mesothelioma because it is so aggressive,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor for Surviving Mesothelioma. “If a given treatment is not working, it is important to know early in case a course correction is warranted.”
To read more about 18 FDG-PET and other types of functional imaging tests used to diagnose and monitor mesothelioma, see Best Tools for Measuring Mesothelioma Treatment Response, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
Cheng, L et al, “Response evaluation in mesothelioma: Beyond RECIST”, August 22, 2015, Lung Cancer, Epub ahead of print, http://www.lungcancerjournal.info/article/S0169-5002(15)30036-2/abstract
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