PD-1 blockers have proved to be an effective deterrent in slowing the progress of mesothelioma. In the course of studying PD-1 inhibitors, researchers in Italy and the Netherlands found that the positive impact of this promising treatment was elevated among patients taking statin drugs for the treatment of high cholesterol.
In analyzing outcomes, the researchers noted that of the 253 patients enrolled in the study, some were on statin drugs to control their high cholesterol levels. The mesothelioma patients who were treated with both PD-1 blockers and cholesterol drugs experienced slower disease progression than those on the PD-1 blockers alone. Further, those on higher doses of statins experienced the longest survival times.
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