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Inhalants may ease mesothelioma cancer treatment

October 12th, 2011

Scottish researches have found that administering cancer drugs via inhalants to treat mesothelioma and other forms of the disease may reduce harmful side effects of treatment. Using a nebulizer could get the drugs into the patient’s system quicker and avoid the side effects of intravenous delivery, such as kidney damage.

Doctors would administer the drug cisplatin in vaporized form, allowing it to bypass the healthy cells and go directly to cancerous cells. The improved treatment could affect thousands of Scotland’s lung mesothelioma and cancer patients.

Mesothelioma and other types of lung cancer are among the deadliest diseases affecting Scottish workers. Deaths in Scotland from lung cancer totaled 4,147 in 2009 and increased by 12% among women over the previous decade.

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