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Mesothelioma Drugs Given Through a Nebulizer May Be More Effective

mesotheliomaOctober 8, 2012 – Researchers in Scotland are bringing new hope to victims of mesothelioma. Cisplatin is the most commonly used drug in the treatment of mesothelioma.  It is currently given to patients in most cases through an infusion pump which administers the medication intravenously into a patient’s circulatory system. However, if the team in Glasgow has successful results in upcoming human trials, patients may soon be able to receive the chemotherapy drug through a nebulizer.

A nebulizer is a medical device that delivers medication in the form of a vapor that is directly inhaled into the lungs.  The Scottish research team believes that inhalation of cisplatin directly into the lungs would allow the medication to be absorbed faster by the patient, which would yield faster results in the fight against the mesothelioma cells that can spread to other parts of the body.  The nebulizer treatment is a gentle delivery system requiring the patient to breathe in a fine mist.  When inhaled in this way, the cisplatin would travel directly to the lung, leaving healthy cells in other parts of the body free from the often toxic medication. Patients with compromised health would tolerate the vaporized delivery system much better than the infusion method.

Though there is no cure for mesothelioma, cisplatin has shown successful results in slowing down the progression of mesothelioma in patients.  However cisplatin has some serious side effects that can include kidney problems, compromised liver function, hearing loss, anemia, and a host of other serious problems.  When given intravenously, cisplatin travels through the body, affecting various organs on the way.  With the nebulizer delivery system of cisplatin, the drug goes directly to the target area, which eliminates potential damage to other organs.

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