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Curr Oncol Rep. 2005 Jul;7(4):260-5.

New therapeutic options for mesothelioma.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA.


Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive thoracic tumor that is often refractory to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, making long-term survival a difficult goal. Although multimodality therapies, including cytoreductive surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy, have been tested, their survival benefit is unclear. Recently, novel cytotoxic agents such as pemetrexed have shown promise in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma, and in early trials new small-molecule agents targeted to the specific biochemical properties of this tumor have shown promise.

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