New Research Identifies Negative Prognostic Factors in Mesothelioma, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Italian researchers say being anemic is one of two characteristics that might lead to poorer outcomes in people with malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Determining Mesothelioma Prognosis

Mesothelioma Prognostic Factors

Our results showed that anemia and increased Ca125 might be considered negative prognostic parameters...

Doctors in Ancona, Italy have confirmed the value of certain prognostic factors and added two of their own for predicting mesothelioma outcomes. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted details of the new study. Click here to read their article now.

Scientists at Marche Polytechnic Institute analyzed the cases of 62 pleural mesothelioma patients over a ten-year period and found two factors closely associated with shorter mesothelioma survival.

“Our results showed that anemia and increased Ca125 might be considered negative prognostic parameters in malignant pleural mesothelioma patients,” writes author and oncologist Rossana Berardi, MD.

Anemia means that cells are not getting fully oxygenated and Ca125 is a protein found in higher concentrations in cancer cells.

“It’s impossible to make an effective treatment plan for mesothelioma unless you know where you stand,” says Alex Strauss, Surviving Mesothelioma’s Managing Editor. “Prognostic indicators help to do that. They offer a starting point.”

For a better understanding of prognosis in pleural mesothelioma, start with Prognostic Factors in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Berardi, R, et al, “Clinical and pathologic predictors of clinical outcome of malignant pleural mesothelioma”, February 12, 2016, Tumori, Epub ahead of print,

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