National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases

Establishing the Biological Activity of Malignant Effusions in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

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Fluid accumulates between the lung and chest wall in many cancers causing pain and difficulty in breathing.

Dust Diseases Board of NSW

Such malignant pleural effusions occur in over 90% of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Conventionally this fluid is considered to be a by-product of the disease process. However, in preliminary studies we have found that this fluid is biologically active; may speed tumour growth and protect the tumour from the action of chemotherapeutics. We plan to study this phenomenon and explore its clinical impact.

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