It’s difficult to pinpoint when malignant mesothelioma was first identified as an illness: there are medical records of pleural tumors as far back as the 1700s. But it wasn’t until the late 19th century that physicians began associating asbestos exposure with the formation of peritoneal and pleural tumors, and not until the 20th century that the disease was given its own name. Since that time, physicians and researchers have worked to find an effective treatment and cure for the asbestos-related disease with little success. Mesothelioma continues to be a fatal condition that claims the lives of its victims in a painfully short period of time. But scientists continue to look for new forms of treatment, and are finding some luck with medications derived from natural sources.
One recent example of a mesothelioma treatment coming from an alternative source can be seen in an Italian study in which lab animals infected with human mesothelioma were given a combination of compounds derived from the bark of a tree and a sea sponge. The tree is the Camptotheca, which has been used an Ancient Chinese medicine for years and which has been used in cancer therapies for years, and the compound from the sea sponge has been shown to slow or stop an enzyme that helps tumors grow and metastasize. The results of the study were extremely positive according to a report published in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Lead author Rafaella Cincinelli, PhD, of the University of Milan’s Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Science said that the protocol showed “a broad spectrum of anti proliferative activity,” and “indicated a strong anti tumor activity” as well as “very high tolerability.” Additional testing will proceed before the therapy begins to be tested on human patients.
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