Soluble Mesothelin in Effusions a Strong Indicator of Mesothelioma
Researchers have discovered that high concentrations of soluble mesothelin in both pleural and peritoneal effusions strongly correlate with the presence of mesothelioma. Dr. Jenette Creaney, who previously discovered that high levels of soluble mesothelin was present in the blood of people with mesothelioma, has provided another avenue of detection for people with this terrible disease. Effusions are a common symptom in a variety of disorders, so being able to test the makeup of the effusion to return a diagnosis of mesothelioma is a real innovation. The hope is that this research can lead to an earlier diagnosis so people can begin treatment earlier.