Medical miracles do happen, but for many people suffering from the debilitating illnesses that these groundbreaking treatments aim to cure, the news that medical science has once again promised to do the impossible usually offers little more than a glimmer of hope. The news makes it sound like magic, but medical research is actually slow and expensive, and putting lifesaving treatments for relatively rare diseases within reach of everyone who needs treatment can take years, if not decades. Consider also that, with medical research, the important thing is not that a single study produces impressive results but rather that the experimental treatment can be replicated and almost always produce the desired result.
Consider the news of the London patient, who is the second person in history to go from being HIV-positive to HIV-negative after a bone marrow transplant. It is certainly hopeful news, but it took 12 years to achieve this result; the first bone marrow transplant that cured someone of HIV was in 2007. Furthermore, the London patient has only been HIV-free without antiretroviral drugs for a year and a half; the news will be even better if and when he is still HIV-negative in 10 years. What this means for mesothelioma patients is that, while researchers are constantly developing better treatments for mesothelioma, thus far, it remains incurable. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, find hope in these new developments in mesothelioma research, seek out the best treatments you can find, and contact a mesothelioma lawyer.
Encouraging News About Mesothelioma Research
These are the key findings of several recently published studies about mesothelioma research.
● Posterior intercostal lymph nodes: These lymph nodes are located between the ribs close to the spine. When determining whether a patient is a candidate for surgery to treat mesothelioma, doctors often test various lymph nodes to see if the cancer has spread, but they usually do not test the posterior intercostal lymph nodes. These nodes are often one of the first places that the cancer spreads; testing them could spare patients a painful surgery that does little to slow the progression of mesothelioma.
● Gold nanoparticles: A recent study tested gold nanoparticles designed to transport antibodies to cancer cells. These particles are so small that they do not damage healthy cells, but they can be engineered to make cancer cells absorb them. The study was done in vitro (on cells outside the body); the treatment has not yet been tested on patients.
● CAR T-cell therapy: This type of immunotherapy is currently being used to treat leukemia. A clinical trial is now recruiting mesothelioma patients to see if the treatment is also effective against mesothelioma. It involves treating patients with genetically altered white blood cells designed to attack cancer cells.
Contact Patrick Yancey About Your Mesothelioma Case
We can always hope that a cure for mesothelioma will arrive soon. The best action you can take now is to discuss your case with an experienced Mesothelioma lawyer. Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey in Houma, Louisiana to see if you have grounds for a mesothelioma lawsuit.