Pembrolizumab appears to be an active drug in the treatment of mesothelioma. About 25% of patients have reduction in tumour whilst another 30% have stabilisation of disease. On average this lasts 6 months. Other immunomodulating drugs may also be effective.
The treatment however is costly.
A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Aug 24 2015) found that in a group of Danish patients who after colon cancer took low dose aspirin or NSAID there was a 27% reduced risk of colon cancer recurrence.
This effect was seen in the group who took the medication long term.
Dr Zimet thinks that this may be a reasonable treatment for patients with prior colon cancer if there is no contraindication to therapy.
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