New Drug May Offer Hope for Mesothelioma Patients

Physicians in Japan recently released research results on a new experimental drug that may help pleural mesothelioma patients. According to the doctors, the drug “might offer brilliant hope for cancer therapy.”

HUHS1015 is a blood pressure drug, better known as naftopidil, and in the United States, known as Flivas. In 2014, another team of Japan scientists began researching the drug in order to determine if it had anti-cancer properties. Their studies indicate that HUHS1015 may increase some microRNAs, a non-protein gene that helps kill cancerous cells.

In a recent report on the drug, a different group of Japan researchers from the the Hyogo University of Health Sciences and the Hyogo College of Medicine state that HUHS1015 promotes cell death in mesothelioma cells and helps to trigger the premature death of these cells. Tomoyuki Nishizaki, the author of the study, says that HUHS1015 was shown to productively curb tumor growth in mice who have stage IV mesothelioma cancer. It also suppressed cancerous cells in colon and gastric cancer cells.

In yet a different study, the same Japan researchers concluded that HUHS1015 wiped out at least four different types of mesothelioma cells. As a result, Dr. Nishizaki states that HUHS1015 is more effective than many of the current medications used for mesothelioma, such as cisplatin, one of the most popular drugs to treat the life-threatening illness. In addition, HUHS1015 was shown to cause a lot less side effects than current drugs taken for mesothelioma.

One of the current studies on HUHS1015 and mesothelioma can be found in Cancer Science’s May 2014 issue, Volume 105. The other study can be found in Molecule’s Dec. 2014 issue, pages 462-472.

Mesothelioma is a Deadly Disease

According to physicians, pleural mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive disease. When people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, the prognosis is generally death after a year. Keep in mind, however, that some mesothelioma patients have defied the odds and lived much longer. Yet, since the prognosis is so grim, researchers have been testing a myriad of different drugs and natural alternatives to help improve and prolong the lifespan of mesothelioma patients.

Other Treatment Options

Researchers recently tested tumeric, a spice in cumin, on mice with mesothelioma. Results indicated that when tumeric is administered intravenously by physicians, it can increase PIAS3 (an enzyme), which then kills of mesothelioma cells.

In another study on mesothelioma treatments, researchers found that moringa tree, a natural plant found mostly in India and the Himalayas, is effective in battling the harsh side effects associated with mesothelioma. For instance, many mesothelioma patients suffer from joint pain, difficulties in breathing, congestion, weight loss, fatigue, and more. Moringa tree, packed with several vitamins, has been shown to help with these ailments and promote better health.

Additional Resources and Legal Assistance for Mesothelioma Patients

Keep in mind that if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may qualify for substantial compensation. There is currently more than $30 billion in asbestos trust funds, awaiting those who have been affected by asbestos. We invite you to fill out our contact to get free brochures from the top mesothelioma attorneys in your area. For over 20 years, we have been assisting families in successfully finding the best mesothelioma attorneys.

Sources:

  1. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cas.12429/pdf
  2. http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/19/12/21462

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