Can Iron Help with Mesothelioma Treatment?
Sloan Kettering Institute’s cell biologist Xuejun Jiang recently looked at hos iron can have an impact on mesothelioma tumors. The results showed that iron could help prevent malignant mesothelioma tumor formations and potentially kill the metastatic cells.
The secret behind it all is ferroptosis. During ferroptosis, the iron links to cells and alters their use of oxygen. Preventing this oxygen kills the cell, preventing it from further causing harm.
Once cells become metastatic, the process of ferroptosis is more effective. Introducing this condition in a controlled manner can prove to be crucial in treating mesothelioma. Specialists in the area can use this to help fight mesothelioma from the very beginning.
Why is Mesothelioma Vulnerable to Ferroptosis?
When someone has malignant mesothelioma, the cells may contain Merlin, which is a protein. Merlin fights ferroptosis in the body. Where there is a mutation in the signal chain, there is an interruption, allowing ferroptosis to impact the cells.
While scientists are starting to recognize ferroptosis as a potential treatment option, they now must find a way to introduce the iron into the body to help fight the cells. Inducing ferroptosis is the next step, but there will still be questions about how to start the process.
Iron and ferroptosis will not cure mesothelioma, but they can be a treatment option. They could help prolong the prognosis. If scientists find the perfect way to induce the condition, it can improve the patient’s quality of life. Ferroptosis could stand with other treatment options that serve a similar purpose.
Treatment can be expensive, though, and you and your family need to understand what legal options you have. At Shrader & Associates, our focus is on helping you recover the compensation to cover the expenses associated with mesothelioma.
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