New Study Examines the Link Between Radiotherapy and Development of Mesothelioma Later in Life, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Italian researchers say the link between radiation for a solid tumor and mesothelioma is low.

Radiotherapy and Mesothelioma Risk

Mesothelioma Risk After Radiation

“The clinical impact of mesothelioma after EBRT for primary solid tumors is limited.”

Scientists in Italy say cancer survivors who were treated with radiotherapy have only a slightly elevated risk of developing mesothelioma down the road. Surviving Mesothelioma has more on the new research study. Click here to read it now.

University of Bologna researchers used data from the US Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database to evaluate the real risk of developing mesothelioma years after having radiotherapy.

“The clinical impact of mesothelioma after EBRT for primary solid tumors is limited,” writes study author and University of Bologna epidemiologist Andrea Farioli, MD.

The study, published in Cancer Medicine, found a mesothelioma incidence of just 0.00032 among non-irradiated patients and an incidence of 0.00055 among those who had undergone radiation.

“This study is good news for cancer survivors,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “But it also points to the fact that asbestos remains a far more dangerous mesothelioma risk than any other potential cause that has been identified.”

For the details of the new mesothelioma study, see Risk for Mesothelioma After Radiation is Low, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Farioli, A, “Radiation-induced mesothelioma among long-term solid cancer survivors: a longitudinal analysis of SEER database”, February 10, 2016, Cancer Medicine,

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