Scientists Hopeful about Gene Treatments for Mesothelioma

by Sokolove Law

Japanese researchers claim they’ve made headway testing a new genetic-based treatment to suppress tumors in patients with mesothelioma. The study’s findings appeared in The Journal of Cancer Gene and Cellular Therapies (subscription required to read the full article).

Mesothelioma is a rare but deadly cancer of the tissue lining the heart and lungs. It’s almost always caused by asbestos exposure, and can take decades to develop. Doctors typically treat it with surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. Unfortunately, mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer and tends to resist these traditional treatments.

Some researchers are turning to unconventional methods, such as gene-based therapies. Gene therapies involve introducing genetic material (DNA or RNA) into a person’s cells to fight disease, as the National Cancer Institute explains in a thorough background piece. 

According to this recent Journal piece, researchers found that treatments based on genetic manipulation, with the aid of modified viruses, produce “anti-tumor” results.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and have developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related condition as a result, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the experienced mesothelioma attorneys at Sokolove Law to get a free case evaluation today.

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