Patients diagnosed with mesothelioma often face a difficult decision, should they undergo treatment and possibly suffer side effects and hopefully have longer with their loved ones, or elect to receive palliative treatment?

A study out of Madrid’s 12 de Octubre University Hospital has been looking at a new potential first-line treatment, ONCOS-102 and the results are encouraging.

Clinical trial for pleural mesothelioma

The trial, conducted in Spain, is treating malignant pleural mesothelioma patients with a combination of ONCOS-102 and pemetrexed/cisplatin chemotherapy, the most commonly used treatment for mesothelioma.

Patients treated with the combination including ONCOS-102 were compared to patients who received the pemetrexed/cisplatin chemotherapy only. The results showed that those who had ONCOS-102 had progression free survival for nine months after treatment.

Step forward for mesothelioma patients

Sadly, there is still no known cure for mesothelioma however, a treatment that can prevent progression of the disease is a huge step forward for those suffering with the condition.

The lead researcher, Luis G Paz-Ares was pleased with the trial, statingl; “Although the data are preliminary and still maturing, it is encouraging to see signals of numerically improved median PFS in the ONCOS-102-treated group.”

We hope that researchers are able to continue to make progress in the treatment of mesothelioma and one day a cure can be found.

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References:

Targovax releases update for mesothelioma trial combining ONCOS-102 and chemotherapy [news release]. Oslo, Norway: Targovax ASA; May 4, 2020. https://bit.ly/2WsFwmM. Accessed May 5, 2020.

 

Targovax announces encouraging data in mesothelioma study combining ONCOS-102 and standard of care chemotherapy [news release]. Oslo, Norway: Targovax ASA; January 21, 2020. https://bit.ly/3c9nahk. Accessed May 5, 2020.

 

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