Hope for Treatment of Mesothelioma cancer patients
There is hope, of course, mainly because there is increasing awareness among the general and professional public about this disease. They are very successful with us at the Institute of Oncology, where they are mostly involved in the clinical testing of new combinations of treatments using existing medicines. They have been quite successful so far and some combinations of drugs give very encouraging results in patients. At the UP Faculty of Health Sciences we do preclinical research, so we work mostly on cell culture models, and what we have been able to find out so far is that if cancer cells restore the ability of cell death through gene manipulation, these cancer cells can also prepare them to respond better to chemotherapy. So in a way, we outline them. The characteristic of mesothelioma is that it quickly becomes resistant to chemotherapy. By manipulating some proteins in cells, this resistance is bypassed, thereby restoring the sensitivity to chemotherapy in cells. In the future, this could be a promising treatment strategy.
Wonderful But you are currently preparing for a new work and life challenge. Already in June, you are going to the United States to the renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, one of the largest cancer research institutes in the world. Will you continue to research mesothelioma there?
Yes, I will continue to explore malignant pleural mesothelioma, but will mostly focus on genetics. So how does this cancer come about, what factors are needed to turn healthy mesothelioma cells into mesothelioma.
Oncology and cancer research and research
What are currently the biggest challenges, innovations, promising directions, where is the most happening in the field of oncology and cancer research and research? The biggest progress that has taken place in the last ten to fifteen years has been the improvement in our knowledge of cancer. Through laboratory research, we have been able to fully understand the many mechanisms that lead to a normal cell becoming a cancer. Knowledge of these mechanisms is, of course, a prerequisite for us to be able to find ways to combat this. I think the biggest challenge now is to pass on this basic knowledge to patients so that we can provide therapy that is safe for them, but at the same time fatal to the tumor.
What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a tissue that protects the internal organs from friction damage, and is also responsible for nutrient transfer and helps the immune system. If cancer originates from mesothelial cells, we are talking about malignant mesothelioma. Malignant pleural, peritoneal and pericardial mesothelioma meme are known. Although these are rare diseases, the incidence of malignant pleural mesothelioma in Slovenia has more than doubled in the last 15 years. Early symptoms are unremarkable – shortness of breath, cough, fatigue and weight loss. As the disease progresses, chest tightness, pain and pleural effusion, which make breathing difficult, also occur.
How far do you think we are from this?
This is very hard to say because cancer is actually a common name for many different diseases. Some cancers are a long way away, but others are a stranger to us. Visit for more information https://mesotheliomacommercialmem.com/