Asbestos is a material that was used in many buildings prior to the 1970s when it was found that the material is a carcinogen if disturbed. The particles can be lodged into the lungs once inhaled and later form into lung cancer, such as mesothelioma.
Today, people may be exposed to asbestos when older buildings are remodeled or demolished and the material is not disposed of properly.
Recently, there has been an increased number of mesothelioma cases in Minnesota due to taconite mining in the region. Experts from the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic are now trying to use a new approach to treating the disease by incorporating a viral agent. This agent is the measles virus that will be used to carry a toxin that is safe for patients, but will harm the cancer cells.
For a detailed description on the approaches and to read the full article, visit the Discovery Edge May Clinic today.