There is always research going on in the area of mesothelioma. Much of this research has focused on learning exactly how asbestos changes normal cells to cause this cancer. Understanding how these fibers produce cancer might help us find ways to prevent those changes.
Multimodality Therapy Research
Doctors are always learning more about the best way to treat patients with mesotheliomas. The roles of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy in the treatment of mesothelioma are highly debated. Treatments that use some combinations of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, called multimodality therapy, are now being studied and may provide the most promising option for some patients. New chemotherapy drugs are currently being tested in clinical trials, together with other types of treatment
Gene Therapy Research
Doctors are always learning more about the best way to treat people with mesothelioma. New drugs are now being tested in clinical trials, along with other types of treatments. One approach is a type of gene therapy. This treatment uses special viruses that have been modified in the lab.
The virus is injected into the space around the lungs where it infects the cancer cells. When this happens, the virus in turn injects a gene into the cancer that makes it sensitive to drug that otherwise would not harm the cancer.
Mesothelioma treatments that boost the immune system's reaction to fight mesothelioma more effectively are being researched in clinical trials. Some of these treatments use interferons or interleukins, hormone-like substances that activate the immune system.