Promising results following the treatment of a young woman diagnosed with mesothelioma is spurring hope among some in the medical community that an important step may have been taken towards developing an eventual cure for the disease.
Karen Grant was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 29, relatively young for most that develop mesothelioma given its long latency period. Upon learning of the illness, Grant sought treatment at the International Mesothelioma Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston that was headed by Dr. David J. Sugarbaker, who also serves as the chief of the hospital’s Division of Thoracic Surgery and as a Richard Wilson Professor of Oncologic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
After she was deemed fit for surgery, Dr. Sugarbaker and his staff began an aggressive treatment regimen that included two extrapleural pneumonectomies to remove the mesothelioma cancer from each lung, laser surgery to kill any additional cancer cells that were initially missed, bathing both lungs with hot chemotherapy solution, as well as additional forms of treatment and rehabilitation.
The results of Dr. Sugarbaker’s treatment regimen, which he performed on Grant five years ago, have been nothing short of remarkable. Now in her mid-30s, lung scans and exams taken on Grant have shown no recurrence of any cancer. This is doubly impressive, as many mesothelioma patients are killed by the disease within one year of their diagnosis, and mesothelioma cancer cells can often reappear approximately 2-3 years after initial treatment for those who live that long.
Despite the success, Dr. Sugarbaker and his team are continuing their research to try and develop additional ways to kill mesothelioma cancer cells and treat patients with the disease more effectively. Nonetheless, Dr. Pasi Janne of the Dana-Farber Institute called the treatment developed by Dr. Sugarbaker so far a “milestone” that could be a significant step towards an eventual cure.
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