Chinese Researchers Say Protein May be Useful for Mesothelioma Prognosis, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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A biomarker often used to help diagnose and track asbestos cancer, may also help predict mesothelioma survival.

Mesothelioma Biomarker Study

Blood Test for Mesothelioma Prognosis

Soluble mesothelin level was significantly correlated with the survival of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Scientists in Chengdu, China have released the results of a meta-analysis on the prognostic value of soluble mesothelin-related protein, a protein found in higher amounts in people with malignant mesothelioma. Surviving Mesothelioma has the details. Click here to read the article now.

Researchers at Sichuan University used eight studies including 579 mesothelioma patients to compare mesothelioma survival times to patients’ SMRP levels.

“The results showed that soluble mesothelin level was significantly correlated with the survival of malignant pleural mesothelioma,” writes lead author Dr. Long Tian.

The analysis in the journal Oncotarget suggests that survival was also significantly correlated with mesothelioma histological subtype and cancer stage.

“There are many studies on the use of SMRP in diagnosing mesothelioma and determining treatment response,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor for Surviving Mesothelioma. “This study is significant because it focuses on the potential role for this protein in mesothelioma prognosis, which can be critical for treatment planning.”

To learn more about SMRP and its potential as a prognostic indicator for malignant mesothelioma, see Predicting Mesothelioma Outcomes with Soluble Mesothelin, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Tian, L, et al, “Prognostic significance of soluble mesothelin in malignant pleural mesothelioma: a meta-analysis”, April 26, 2017, Oncotarget, Epub ahead of print,

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