NETHERLANDS – Researchers in the Netherlands are in the process of testing a new way of detecting mesothelioma.
The researchers are in the process of reviewing the effectiveness of an electronic nose in detecting mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is very difficult to diagnose because it often shares characteristics of other lung diseases, and sometimes, doesnâ€™t even show symptoms at all. It can also take up to 50 years to develop, so any technology that can diagnose the cancer faster would be a gigantic breakthrough for all asbestos victims.
Doctors in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Amsterdam Medical Center have conducted an experiment to determine whether an electronic nose called the Cyranose 320 can diagnose mesothelioma and detect the difference between those who have been exposed to asbestos and those who havenâ€™t. The Cyranose 320 is a handheld direct reading electronic nose with a 32-sensor chip that can recognize odorant molecules and construct a â€˜smellprintâ€™ of chemical compounds that are indicative of a particular disease, like mesothelioma.
For their study, the Dutch researchers tested the affectivity of the devise on 13 patients with confirmed mesothelioma and 13 patients with certified, long-term professional asbestos exposure. Thirteen healthy individuals that were not exposed to asbestos served as the control group. Exhaled breath was collected from each group and sampled by the devise. The â€œbreathprintsâ€ were then analyzed.
The results proved to be encouraging. The electronic nose easily distinguished the mesothelioma patients from those who had been exposed to asbestos with 92.3% sensitivity and 85.7% specificity. Mesothelioma patients were also distinguished from the healthy individuals.
The research team concluded that, â€œMolecular pattern recognition of exhaled breath can correctly distinguish patients with mesothelioma from subjects with similar occupational asbestos exposure without mesothelioma, and from healthy controls. This suggests that breathprints obtained by electronic nose have diagnostic potential for mesothelioma.â€
Although this is a breakthrough in the fight for a cure for mesothelioma, there are still countless victims suffering right now. If you or someone you know is living with this terrible cancer, contact a mesothelioma lawyer for legal help immediately. Mesothelioma attorneys work hard to get you the compensation you deserve for you pain and suffering, which may include up to millions of dollars in money damages and medical care.
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