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Gene Therapy in Mesothelioma Patients

Posted on: 28 September 2020, source:
Around 1 in 16 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime; this accounts for about 13% of all new cancer diagnoses. However, even with a relatively lower diagnosis rate, lung cancer currently has the highest number of cancer deaths at nearly 22%. Among all the various subtypes of cancer categorized under the umbrella term, “lung cancer,” mesothelioma is one of the most lethal forms.
Despite accounting for around .2% of all cancer diagnoses in the United States, mesothelioma’s lethality is among the highest of all forms of cancer. Pleural mesothelioma, the most common form of this cancer, has a 10-year survival rate of only about 5%. Currently, the only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure, and although no amount of exposure is safe, it is important to note that your risk of developing mesothelioma drastically increases the longer you are exposed. In addition, due to a prolonged latency period, many patients are diagnosed far too late for proper treatment — usually around the age of 65-74.