The Pemetrexed project is a clinical registry of patients with mesothelioma who have been treated with pemetrexed. The Czech Society for Oncology (CSO) and the Czech Pneumological and Phthiseological Society (CPPS) are expert guarantors of this project. Objectives of the project involve monitoring treatment safety and effectiveness, making it possible to analyze epidemiological characteristics of cancer patients and their treatment response, to model the influence of risk factors on survival, and to perform a detailed analysis of adverse reactions. Moreover, the project has become one of the projects that assess and monitor health care results and quality within the Czech National Cancer Control Programme; therefore, this project will also aim to improve the quality of life of patients with lung carcinoma and mesothelioma.
Pemetrexed projectPleural mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma

Large mesothelioma around the right lung (left side of image)
on CT scan.

Source: Wikipedia

Pleural mesothelioma is a disease that affects the lining of the lungs, or lung pleura. Sometimes doctors refer to this disease as mesothelioma of the pleura. It is a common misconception that mesothelioma is a type of primary lung cancer; it is not. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the serous membranes. These membranes enclose a number of organs throughout the midsection of the body, including the lungs. The most common type of mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma, affects the serous membranes of the lungs.

Mesothelioma can also affect the serous membranes surrounding the abdomen, called peritoneal mesothelioma, and the membranes surrounding the heart, or pericardial mesothelioma. When mesothelioma spreads to the lungs from the serous linings of the lungs, abdomen or heart, it is considered secondary lung cancer. Also, pleural mesothelioma is sometimes referred to as an asbestos lung cancer. Technically, cancers that do not originate in the lungs are not considered lung cancer; thus, terms such as secondary lung cancer and asbestos lung cancer (pleural mesothelioma) are misleading. Asbestosis is a type of asbestos lung disease that does originate in the lungs and is often confused with mesothelioma.

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