Researchers worldwide have been seeking out a treatment and cure for the deadly asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. Currently, there is no known cure and victims face a fatal prognosis; however, new research is raising hope for doctors and mesothelioma patients after finding that copper stores may have significant benefits for mesothelioma patients and others fighting against cancer.
According to recent publications, copper may offer a promising opportunity for patients living and fighting the deadly cancer, mesothelioma. Our Massachusetts mesothelioma attorneys are dedicated to protecting victims and their families after asbestos exposure. We are dedicated to investigating every case and will work strategically to help mesothelioma patients collect the compensation they deserve. In addition to helping our patients recovery support, we are committed to raising awareness and keeping abreast of worldwide developments in mesothelioma treatments.
Copper is a trace mineral associated with angiogenisis, the growth of new blood vessels, which are necessary to supplementing nutrients to healthy organs as well as mesothelioma tumors. The body also needs copper to produce bone, tissues and to absorb iron. A healthy person with insufficient copper may suffer from joint pain, anemia and other problems with the immune system.
The new research suggests that less copper in the blood stream may help fight against mesothelioma tumors. To test this hypothesis, university researchers monitored copper levels in mice with mesothelioma. According to the findings, mesothelioma tumors “sequestered” copper at the earliest stages of development. The copper was then dispersed through the growing tumor tissues. Researchers suggest that the data shows copper is necessary for the early development of mesothelioma tumors.
Finding that copper is integral to the growth of new tumors, the scientists experimented with lowering the amount of copper in the affected mice. Results were promising, showing that lower levels of copper slowed down the mesothelioma tumors. In addition to reducing the rate of tumor growth, reducing copper also reduced tumor vessels and increased the levels of important cancer-fighting T-cells.
Traditionally, patients undergo chemotherapy treatment to combat mesothelioma. Mesothelioma has high rates of fatality because it is highly resistant to most cancer fighting treatments. While reducing levels of copper itself cannot produce the same results as chemo, combining copper reduction with other forms of treatment could make treatments more effective. Authors of the Australian study see the results as a possible “window of opportunity.”
Sadly, those exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma are often given a fatal prognosis. While some treatments are available, many victims and families will suffer until the disease causes early death. In the event of asbestos exposure, victims and their families should consult with a legal advocate who can identify potential sources of recovery. Individuals and entities responsible for preventable asbestos exposure should be held accountable.
Compensation and benefits may be available to victims of mesothelioma. In addition to recovering financial support for medical costs and treatment, victims and their families may also be entitled to compensation for lost wages, long-term care needs, pain and suffering, additional personal losses, and financial recovery for wrongful death.
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