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Mesothelioma Cancer treatment details. Chemotherapy. Humanitas Clinical Institute of Rozzano, Milan, Italy

Survival: 10.9 months
Toxicity Grade: 5
Treatments: Chemotherapy
Country: Italy
City/State/Province: Milan
Hospital: Humanitas Clinical Institute of Rozzano
Journal: Link
Date: 4/2008

This study involved 30 malignant pleural mesothelioma patients with a median age of 66 years (range of 46-85). Of these, 73% were male.

Patients in this study were administered two chemotherapy agents, gemcitabine and vinorelbine. These agents block cancer cell division (growth).

One death due to pneumonitis occurred during this study. Grade 3 or 4 neutropenia was experienced by 10% of the patients. Other grade 3 and 4 toxicities included fatigue, nausea, constipation, and diarrhea.

The median overall survival reported for this study was 10.9 months.

Correspondence: Dr. Paolo A. Zucali; email:

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