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Mesothelioma Facts Found on eMedicine


Founded in 2006 and run by MedScape, eMedicine from WebMD describes itself as the “most authoritative and accessible point of care medical reference available to physicians and other health care professionals on the Internet.” The content provided on the site is updated regularly by more than 8,000 physician and health care providers, and offers up-to-date practice guidelines in 38 clinical areas.

The information on the site, free to the public with registration, undergoes strict physician peer review plus an additional review by a PharmD prior to publication. The structure for each practice area includes an editor-in-chief and chief editors as well as the contributing authors.

Mesothelioma Information

Included within the Carcinomas of the Lung and Other Intrathoracic Carcinomas section is information on mesothelioma. Winston W Tan, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Medical School, authors the detailed mesothelioma section. Tan provides overview information on mesothelioma as well as differential diagnoses and workup, treatment and medication, and follow-up.

Laboratory Studies, Imaging Studies, Procedures, and Staging are covered in detail when explaining the work-up a patient will undergo during the diagnostic process of mesothelioma.  When identifying the treatments and medications available to mesothelioma patients, the documentation provides regimen information for chemotherapy drugs such as cisplatin and pemetrexed plus gemcitabine.

The author even provides information for asbestos-related disease prevention, using the category medicolegal pitfalls, emphasizing the importance of “a good working relationship among the occupational medicine specialist, the environmental hazard team, and the community at large.”

Related Articles and publications

Along with the detailed mesothelioma information, links are provided to associated articles for asbestos-related diseases including asbestosis and other occupational respiratory conditions.  Articles published in Medscape, on WebMD, and through other medical journals may be provided as well as slide shows and videos from presentations and other venues.

The target audience for this website is the health care professional. The information provided is clinical in nature and contains significant medical terms and statistics. If you are having a difficult time understanding the information, consider discussing the pages in question with your medical team.

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