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There are two life experiences that we all share. We are all born, and we are all going to die. We are all going to die, but no one wants to talk about it. If we do talk about death, it is usually in general terms – not from our own personal perspective. Recognizing this issue, there are resources to help all of us ...
The teen brand Claire's continues to face intense scrutiny from people who want to make sure that teens are safe from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. The company, whose retail accessory stores are ubiquitous in America's malls, has been in the news ever since December 2016 when ...

As I approached my 39th birthday last year, I decided I should take better care of myself. I didn't really diet, I just started being more active. I started swimming, walking and working out occasionally. One year and 65 pounds later, I feel better. I also have more energy than I did before. I am beginning to think ...
Boston, Massachusetts - Researchers at the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center (VIC) at Massachusetts General Hospital discovered a novel immunotherapy combination treatment that shows promise for mesothelioma. While the Phase I clinical trial was only applied to mouse models so far, researchers ...
PlasmaJet uses the energy of ionized gas, called plasma, to dissect, vaporize, and seal fragile tissues through small incisions with no cutting. The UK team believes it may be a viable option for patients with advanced mesothelioma or those with other health problems that would make conventional surgery ...
Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral that is perfectly safe when pure. Unfortunately, an estimated 75 percent of it came from Libby, Montana, where it usually was contaminated with toxic amphibole asbestos. Exposure to asbestos is the main cause of mesothelioma, an aggressive and deadly cancer.

Right now, mesothelioma patients whose cancer comes back after surgery and systemic chemotherapy have few viable treatment options. The new procedure, called Pressurized Inraperitoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy (PIPAC), may change that. During PIPAC, chemotherapy drugs are essentially “sprayed” ...
Diagnosing mesothelioma is a painstaking process. Armed with the knowledge that you were exposed to asbestos, your physician may feel certain that you have the rare and fatal form of cancer, but those suspicions are not enough to move forward with treatment. That's because there are so many different ...
Anti-cancer drugs known as kinase inhibitors have often been used in the treatment of pleural mesothelioma and many other cancers. The drugs attack the protein kinases in an effort to prevent cell division and to kill the cancerous cells. Now, researchers report they have found that an investigative drug ...
A new Turkish study is shining a spotlight on the role of environmental asbestos exposure in the development of malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive malignancy with no known cure. Malignant mesothelioma, which occurs on the membranes around the lungs, the abdominal organs or, more rarely, the ...
Scientists at the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center (VIC) at Massachusetts General Hospital have uncovered a novel, two-agent immunotherapy combination that worked surprisingly well in animal models with malignant mesothelioma. The discovery has sparked new optimism for immunotherapy, which ...
Cancer experts have known for decades that asbestos causes mesothelioma. Yet, only 2 to 10 percent of people with prolonged asbestos exposure are diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, the most common type of the disease. Researchers want to know how the disease actually happens, and what this ...
EAST HARTFORD — Lawyers for the family of a former Pratt & Whitney employee who died from mesothelioma are looking for information about ... The Texas law firm of Robins Cloud is seeking the information on behalf of the survivors of a client who died from mesothelioma, an asbestos-related lung ...
This massive sum comes on the heels of another $37 million in compensation the same jury awarded for Stephen Lanzo's asbestos mesothelioma. After a three month trial, the jury found unanimously that Johnson's Baby Powder contained asbestos during the years of Stephen Lanzo's use from 1972 to ...
The second incident happened with a mesothelioma patient whose disease is progressing. His way of dealing with the disease is, and has been since diagnosis, to continue to keep everything as routine as possible. Working, walking, keeping a busy life. The reality is that the disease is progressing. He has ...
Being diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other type of cancer is a life-changing experience. The physical impact of the disease and its treatment can be traumatic, to say nothing of the emotional impact. It is hard for patients and their loved ones to know exactly what to do, what to expect and who to turn to ...
In June 2017, a fundraiser launched to help a mesothelioma patient take part in a clinical trial. Thanks to the support of hundreds of donors, the campaign surpassed its $40,000 goal. They raised more than $53,000 in a matter of months. In contrast, another mesothelioma patient's September 2016 ...

A new survey conducted among asbestos workers in the UK finds that too many do not fully understand the laws about asbestos exposure and how to reduce their risk of deadly malignant mesothelioma. The survey was commissioned by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the British ...
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you're likely seeking information and resources to learn more about the disease. A free one-hour mesothelioma teleconference is a great place to start. CancerCare recently hosted the “Advancements in the Treatment of Mesothelioma” workshop.
Discovery of Possible New Organ Could Impact How Cancer Is Diagnosed and Treated New York, New York - A new study is suggesting researchers found a new organ in the human body, which could have a big impact on the diagnosis and treatment of cancers, including mesothelioma.
Dr. Chukwuemeka Ikpeazu at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has brought hope — where once there was none — to patients in South Florida with unresectable pleural mesothelioma. Ikpeazu is the principal investigator in the multicenter phase II clinical trial involving the much-anticipated ...
As an adult, it is not easy to watch our parents grow old, or be affected by diseases. It is very difficult to watch our loved ones suffer, but we always hope that they are seeking the best options. Often, patients travel to a mesothelioma center with their significant other, one being the sick patient and the other ...
“Mesothelioma, a tumour that is caused by asbestos exposure, has been extremely hard to treat; and patients usually survive only 12 to 18 month after diagnosis,” says Dr Mark Poznansky, director of the MGH-VIC and senior author of the report. “Since the advent of cancer immunotherapy, people have tried ...
The statute of limitations on mesothelioma claims varies dependent on the type of claim filed (personal injury or wrongful death claim) and where the claim is being filed. Most states on average allow 2 or 3 years to file an asbestos claim, though a handful of states have longer statutes. Patients and their ...
A new Japanese study has some sobering news for people hoping to survive malignant mesothelioma: Life after mesothelioma can still be challenging. The study was conducted by multiple centers across Japan. A total of 133 mesothelioma patients who had been free of disease for at least five years ...
In my 20 years of providing counseling to cancer patients and families and facilitating cancer support groups, I have found that there are many common emotional and psychological effects that accompany any cancer diagnosis, including mesothelioma. Anxiety, depression and sleep problems are prevalent ...
Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital believe that they have made a significant breakthrough in the battle against malignant mesothelioma by combining two different immunotherapy drugs that approach cancer from different angles: one activates an immune response while the other blocks a ...
Repeated, long-term secondary exposure causes the same diseases and cancers as primary exposure including mesothelioma. In 1897, one of the first physicians to speak up about disease in asbestos workers also commented on the ill health of the workers' family members. Legally documented cases of ...
Fifteen years after its much-celebrated ban of the toxic mineral, Australia has just reached its peak of asbestos-related diseases such as malignant mesothelioma cancer. “It took many years, and efforts from many organizations, for a complete ban to be put in place,” epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Soeberg of ...
These policies are especially critical to mesothelioma and rare disease patients who often have limited or no specialized care available to them. When treatments are available, they often come with a very high price tag. Urging states to mandate out-of-pocket costs for prescriptions could benefit all rare ...
Scientists searching for answers to the mysteries of mesothelioma and other forms of cancer have spent enormous amounts of time staring at slides in laboratories, firm in their belief that there was nothing more to learn about the body itself. But groundbreaking new research published in the journal ...
A clinical trial testing a new therapeutic modality on patients with pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma is officially underway. Selecta Biosciences, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) teamed up for the phase 1 clinical trial under the Cooperative Research ...
While jurors agreed that Ernest Schrader had developed malignant mesothelioma after being exposed to Ameron's products, the panel declined to find that the company had acted negligently in failing to provide warnings about the asbestos in its piping. The verdict, which was formally docketed Tuesday, ...
It is never easy to watch mesothelioma physically beat a person. Despite how hard the person fights, it never gets any easier to watch the body fail. I remember every patient's story and its own uniqueness. I spoke with a gentleman the other day who is physically losing his fight with the disease. His breath is ...
The American accessories chain Claire's is in trouble again after Dutch health and safety authorities claim to have found mesothelioma-causing asbestos in makeup powder for teenage girls. The news was reported today by Dutch news outlet DutchNews.nl. According to the website, the ILT and NVWA ...
President's Cancer Panel Announces Plan to Maximize Value and Cost of Cancer Drugs Bethesda, Maryland - Earlier this month, the President's Cancer Panel, an independent panel established under the National Cancer Act in the 1970s, released its latest report to the White House and the public around ...
When thinking about how to treat mesothelioma cancer, most of us don't consider the spice rack. Maybe we should — beginning with turmeric. Turmeric is a deep golden-yellow spice used in Asian and Indian dishes. In addition to its culinary role, turmeric has been used for thousands of years as a ...
While researchers have made some progress in developing new ways to detect mesothelioma earlier, the majority of patients are still diagnosed at more advanced stages. By stage 3 and stage 4, patients face a life expectancy of just 12 – 16 months with limited treatment options available to extend survival.
But patients are far from powerless, as the stories of mesothelioma survivors like Paul Kraus prove. At 20+ years post-diagnosis, Kraus is the longest-living mesothelioma survivor in the world and credits his longevity, in large measure, to dietary and lifestyle changes. During this year's National Nutrition ...
Fear of rejection – it's a real thing. I think that everyone suffers from it to some degree. No matter how confident you are, there's always that little “what-if” that lingers in the back of your mind. When it comes to fundraising for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, however, I have no problem facing ...
In the world of wrestling, Terry McCann is a legend. In his early wrestling career during college, McCann only lost three matches and went on to win three consecutive AAU National Championships. He also won two NCAA titles during his college career. In 1956, McCann considered joining the ...
... mesothelioma continues to rise in many poor countries where asbestos regulation is lax or nonexistent. While there are some exciting new therapies on the horizon there is still no cure for mesothelioma. But some scientists say using existing drugs to treat the asbestos cancer might be the key to curing it ...
For newly diagnosed mesothelioma patients, standard treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and multimodal therapy, which combines these options in various ways. However, more physicians are adding precision medicine to the mix, including targeted therapies such as ...
It's well established that mesothelioma patients are well-served by getting as much regular exercise as they can. Movement has been linked to an improved quality of life, as well as a powerful remedy for muscle weakness and fatigue. Unfortunately, the side effects of chemotherapy can make the goal of ...
Did you know an unhealthy diet contributes to approximately 678,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone? Throughout March, health organizations and advocacy centers like ours focus on eating right. That's because March is National Nutrition Month. This year's theme is “Go Further with Food,” which is ...
In the many years that have passed since the terrorist attacks that took down New York's World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, thousands of people who were in Lower Manhattan that day have died of malignant mesothelioma and other forms of cancer. Joining their ranks in recent days is a ...
Dr. Antonio Giordano believes his team has cleared the path to the next breakthrough in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. The advancement involves a new use for an old drug, pyrvinium pamoate, which doctors have successfully used for more than 50 years to treat infections of pinworm ...
A heartbreaking lawsuit involving malignant mesothelioma is making its way through the Louisiana state court system, with four brothers recently winning a positive ruling as they seek justice for their late sister. The case involves the death of Mary Jane Wilde, sister of the Legendre brothers; Stephen, Paul, ...
Every year, it seems to happen overnight. The trees start budding, the grass gets greener and flowers begin to peek through the surface of the soil. Following a long cold winter, Mother Nature has her way of restoring a sense of hope by breathing new life into the world. Spring ushers in a season of renewal ...
There is some compelling new evidence on the economic impact of banning the mineral asbestos, the primary cause of the malignant mesothelioma. According to a team of economic experts and researchers at both the World Health Organization and Australia's Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, ...


 

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