Stem Cells And Malignant Mesothelioma: An In-Depth Look

Danziger and DeLano

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare yet aggressive type of cancer that kills as many as 2,500 people per year in the United States alone. Most closely associated with long-term exposure to asbestos-containing material (such as insulation fibers, vinyl flooring, or auto parts), mesothelioma typically affects the lining in the lungs, heart, abdominal cavity or, in very rare cases, the testes. Mesothelioma has an extraordinarily long period of latency—meaning that people who have the disease are seldom diagnosed until many years—even decades—have passed since their initial asbestos exposure. Recently, research has shown that there is a connection between this devastating disease and stem cells—a connection worth examining more closely.

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