Potential Mesothelioma treatment may stop the growth of tumours
There is hope for thousands of mesothelioma sufferers as a newly used cancer treatment has recently stopped the growth of aggressive sarcomas in 2 patients.
Although the 2 patients suffered with another type of cancer this development is obviously noteworthy. The patients who cancer was spreading due to ineffective multiple surgeries and chemotherapy treatments were given the new treatment.
The treatment known as the NeoPlas Innovation Treatment involves a combination of lovastatin and interferon scans. After just 8 weeks of treatment both patients’ cancers’ had stopped spreading and some of their tumours have actually regressed.
Dr Stephen B Cantril, Director at the NeoPlas Innovation treatment Research Offices states: "These are early results and not statistically valid yet. Still, the sarcomas as a group are so aggressive and uniformly fatal that being able to stop their growth and spread is very exciting. It’s a major victory for these individuals, and it mirrors the success we’re seeing in the great majority of patients so far."
This treatment is also being offered to patients with other types of cancer such as colon cancer, renal cancer, pancreatic cancer and mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a cancer of lining of the lungs and associated most exclusively with exposure to asbestos. Just one fibre is enough to cause the disease. For more information on mesothelioma please see our mesothelioma
Whilst the research and treatment is in its early stages it can only bring hope to those suffering with mesothelioma, as treatment to date has been more palliative than curative.