Author(s): Nasreen N, Khodayari N, Mohammed KA
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Abstract Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive neoplasm with a poor prognosis. MPM grows from the mesothelial cells lining the surface of the lung and chest wall called Pleura. Exposure to asbestos is mainly linked to the development of MPM. Approximately 80\% of the tumors are pleural in origin, and up to 3000 people are diagnosed with MPM in the United States annually. The incidence of MPM is expected to rise in the coming decades particularly in the developing countries. Although there is an increase in the awareness of danger associated with the use of asbestos, its use is still prevalent in Australia and Asia because of its durability and low cost. This further warns and adds to the mortality and morbidity of patients with MPM globally. The traditional treatment strategies have shown only modest improvement towards the disease. MPM is difficult to treat because of the fact that the time between the exposure to asbestos and the appearance of symptoms is extremely delayed, and also due to tumor involvement with the pleural surface and the adjoining tissues such as the chest wall, pericardium and sub-diaphragmatic organs. Despite advances in the diagnostic and treatment approaches the median survival rate for MPM is between 9 to 17 months. The standard care with double agent has shown modest improvement however, multimodality approach using novel targets may have potential to achieve the improvement in the survival rate. In this review we give an update on the conventional treatment modalities and discuss about various molecular targets including receptor EphA2, a novel target gene which may be considered as a biomarker for the diagnosis and treatment of MPM.
This article was published in Am J Cancer Res
and referenced in Journal of Glycobiology