Researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, are working on new treatments for mesothelioma, an incurable cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
It is “a completely different strategy to what anyone else has done so far,” Associate Professor Sonja Klebe, who is running the novel treatments, told Yahoo! 7 News. The treatments involve both drugs and gene therapy. It has yet to be tried on humans, but testing on animals has proven to be somewhat successful. There was “significant improvement” in animals that received the treatment, and those receiving the treatment survived longer, Prof. Klebe indicated.
Asbestos is banned in the U.S. Asbestos manufacturers knew as early as the 1920s that the product could be dangerous to its workers.
Current mesothelioma treatment methods depend upon the person with the disease. Traditional methods include surgery and chemotherapy. Gene therapy and drug treatments are also showing promise in the fight against the disease. If detected early enough, some people with mesothelioma can live five or even 10 years after being diagnosed. Treatment also depends upon the goals of the patient.
With asbestos still predominant in older facilities, a new wave of cases of the cancer would not be unexpected. Particles of asbestos can be dislodged and made airborne by workers in various industries, including constructing work, home renovators and other tradesmen.
People who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or loved ones who have lost a family member to this tragic illness, should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss their legal options, including help with medical bills, funeral expenses and other money damages.
Source: Yahoo! 7 News, Scientists work on new mesothelioma treatment, Ron Kanderlaars, July 8, 2013