DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Results of a clinical trial conducted by a team of Italian researchers showed a new drug could extend the lives of patients suffering from malignant mesothelioma, the mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd reports. The results were published in the April issue of the medical journal The Lancet.
The research team treated a group of mesothelioma patients with the immunotherapy drug tremelimumab, which is given intravenously. The drug is designed to help the immune system destroy malignant cells while not harming healthy cells nearby. According to the study, tremelimumab unmasks malignant cells, allowing the immune system to differentiate them from healthy ones.
A group of 29 patients were treated with the drug once every four weeks for a six-month period starting in July 2012, and then once every three months until July 2013. The average length of time the patients did not experience disease progression was 6.2 months, while the overall survival rate averaged 11 months. Approximately 48 percent of the patients reached the one-year survival mark.
According to the researchers, immunotherapy drugs may soon be incorporated into the treatment regimen for mesothelioma, which currently includes surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. A larger study of tremelimumab is underway, encompassing 102 locations in more than 20 countries. It is expected to end early next year.
“Advances in mesothelioma research are occurring at an exciting rate, helping raise hopes of not only increasing quality of life for patients, but also helping them live longer,” said Russell Budd, president and managing shareholder of the mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd. “We continue to be amazed by the work of these and other brilliant medical professionals.”
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