Rates of Pleural Mesothelioma should Decrease in next decade
By Warren Miller. 8th September 2020
A new report on the likely Pleural Mesothelioma rates has been published by Research and Markets, market research website. The Epidemiology Forecast to 2030 report looks to provide an understanding of the historical and forecasted Pleural Mesothelioma epidemiology in 7 countries: The UK, The USA, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan. (Epidemiological studies measure the risk of illness or death in an exposed population).
The report suggests a worldwide decline in rates Pleural Mesothelioma over the next decade.
At the start of the study in 2017, there were around 11,400 cases of the cancer in all of the countries.
All of the countries with the exception of Japan and Spain are expected to see a decline over the next 10 years.
The United Kingdom has the highest number of cases, followed by Germany, then Italy and most cases (more than 80%) occurred in people over the age of 60.
Recent study on decline of lung cancer
This follows a similar study from the National Cancer Institute on the decline in lung cancer deaths in The USA. There are suggestions that mesothelioma patients may also benefit from recent improvements in the treatment of lung cancer. For the first time mortality rates from lung cancer are decreasing faster than new cases of the disease. They looked at both small-cell, which makes up around 13% of cases and non-small cell - around 76% of lung cancer cases.
Among men, deaths from non-small cell cancer decreased 3.2% annually from 2006 to 2013 and 6.3% annually from 2013 to 2016. 2 year survival for men with non-small cell lung cancer also improved over this time, from 26% for patients diagnosed in 2001 to 35% for those diagnosed in 2014. Similar improvement was observed for women.
Some of the decline can be attributed to fewer people smoking over the last couple of decades. The report also highlights improvements in early diagnosis and available treatment options and given that Pleural Mesothelioma is a similar in many ways to non small cell lung cancer, this is promising news. The research has found that new immune checkpoint inhibitors that help the immune system to better attack the tumours, have helped survival rates when combined with chemotherapy.
Example - Keytruda (Pembrolizumab) - a type of immunotherapy
An example is Keytruda - a type of immunotherapy that works by blocking the PD-1 pathway and to help prevent mesothelioma cancer cells from hiding. It helps the immune system do what it was meant to do: detect and fight cancer cells.
One of the leaders of the research concluded:
“ The survival benefit for patients with non-small cell lung cancer treated with targeted therapies has been demonstrated in clinical trials, but this study highlights the impact of these treatments at the population level . . . We can now see the impact of advances in lung cancer treatment on survival. ”
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