Highly aggressive mesothelioma has been reported after chronic asbestos exposure, which annually affects 3,000 Americans; however, with limited treatment options available, the prognosis is generally poor. The latest research is underway that may change the fate of many aggressive cancers, like mesothelioma.
According to the British Journal of Cancer, University of Cambridge scientists from Institute of Astronomy and researchers from Department of Oncology of Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute collaborated on the astrological technology for the detection of genetic material in the cancer lab.
Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Comprehensive Cancer Center believe that the biopsy of cancer cells can help in devising appropriate treatment protocols in addition to diagnosis.
Current diagnostic protocols at Cambridge University are focused on analyzing the tissue samples of tumor cells under a microscope; however, it is hoped that a collaboration with the Institute of Astronomy will allow cancer researchers to use highly advanced techniques that enable “astronomers to automatically pick out indistinct objects in the night sky” in identification and treatment of rare cancers, like mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma Treatment Options
Regrettably, there is currently no known cure for malignant mesothelioma although several significant advancements have been made in the manner of treatment of the disease.
Did You Know: The three main treatments for malignant mesothelioma are surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.