Italian doctors have recently been diagnosing patients with mesothelioma in a different manner and believe it may be less painful for patients, but just as effective.
Currently, the only method of mesothelioma diagnosis is to examine affected tissue under a microscope. Most doctors get a sample of pleural tissue (tissue within the lungs) by performing a cutting-needle biopsy. This involves using thoracic ultrasound (TUS) technology to get to the pleural tissue and then removing a portion of the tissue for study.
This is usually uncomfortable and painful for most patients, so this team of Italian doctors have come up with a new, less-invasive method called a fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB).
Using TUS to get to the pleural tissue, these doctors used FNAB to aspirate the tissue, rather than having to cut a portion of it out. While these samples are much smaller, they are still accurate in diagnosis and the procedure is much more comfortable for the patient.
A simpler manner to test for mesothelioma may be a great beginning to the treatments that are being studied today. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. There is currently no cure for mesothelioma and it is a terminal disease.
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