8/04 We are being contacted by group after group dealing with mesothelioma. But most of them seem to handle legal issues as opposed to health.
Mesothelioma Markers and Monitors
'SMR is a sensitive marker of disease when tumour bulk is small'
Mesothelioma is a highly aggressive tumour for which there are no reliable serum tumour markers. Bruce Robinson and colleagues assayed serum concentrations of soluble mesothelin-related proteins (SMR) using a double determinant (sandwich) ELISA.
They found that more patients with mesothelioma had raised concentrations of SMR than did those with other cancers or other inflammatory lung or pleural diseases. SMR concentrations were also correlated with the size of the tumour and increased during tumour progression.
The authors conclude that determination of SMR in serum could be a useful marker for diagnosis of mesothelioma and to monitor disease progression.
Lancet Volume 362, Number 9396, November 15, 2003
LINK Info site reviewing hazards of asbestos exposure & various forms of associated cancers it causes
Clin Cancer Res, 9/06
Br J Cancer, 6/04
Abstract # 7048
J Chemical Communications, 10/01
Abstract # 4132
LINKS to groups
dealing with Mesothelioma
New Bd Chair for Mesothelioma Applied Res Fdntn
Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Res, 2003
British J Cancer, 2/05
Story from cancermonthly.com, January 2005
Author, Paul Kraus
LINK to newsletter on "information
about Mesothelioma & Asbestos Exposure
Am Society of Clinical Oncology, Annual Meeting, June 2007
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