For Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma The Identification Of Molecular Profiles Is Helpful In Selecting Targeted Therapies

A relatively new medical journal article reports on a development which may improve survival time for those men and women who, unfortunately, have developed malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM).

From the Abstract for a 2014 Clinical Cancer Research article, “Molecular Classification of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma: Identification of a Poor Prognosis Subgroup Linked to the Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition”, we get this basic information about the results of a recent medical study:

  • Purpose: Despite research efforts to develop more effective diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) prognosis remains poor. The assessment of tumor response to therapy can be improved by a deeper phenotypical classification of the tumor, with emphasis on its clinico-biological heterogeneity. The identification of molecular profiles is a powerful approach to better define MPM subclasses and targeted therapies.
  • Conclusions: A robust classification of MPM that defines two subgroups of epithelioid MPM, characterized by different molecular profiles, gene alterations, and survival outcomes, was established.

We will watch for further developments in this avenue of medical research concerning malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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