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Asbestos More Damaging Than Originally Thought

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Experts are now reporting that asbestos can cause ovarian cancer and cancer of the larynx. A group of 27 World Health Organization scientists have listed these findings in the Lancet Oncology Medical Journal. The scientists have also reported that there is limited evidence that asbestos fibers can raise the risk bowel, stomach, or throat cancer. […]

Chemical in Cancer Tumors Linked to Depression

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Receiving the news of a cancer diagnosis is something that no one wants to here. Moreover, it has been well documented that a cancer diagnosis can sometimes lead to depression in patients. However, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal, researchers found that the tumors themselves can […]

Former Navy Worker Wins Over $12 Million in Mesothelioma Lawsuit

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A former Navy machinist, who developed mesothelioma after years of asbestos exposure, has won over million dollars in damages. Charles H. Cundiff, 66, handled insulating cement while working on the USS Kitty Hawk during his years of military service from 1962 to 1966. Many years later, Cundiff was diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure […]

Wisconsin Widow to Sue FMC Corp.

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The widow of a Wisconsin man who died of Mesothelioma in 2004 will be allowed to sue a company who sold brake parts that contained asbestos. The widow of Walter Tatera blames the company for exposing her husband to asbestos and causing his eventual death due to mesothelioma. The courts decision states that Tatera can […]

Gene Ratio Test Predicts Survival Rates in Mesothelioma Patients

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Researchers at the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) have recently finished a study to determine the effectiveness of a gene ratio test in predicting which mesothelioma patients had the best prognosis for survival following surgery. This research supplemented previous research that compared the differences in gene expression in tissue samples of malignant pleural mesothelioma stratified by […]

Closing Arguments Begin In W.R. Grace Asbestos Trial

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Closing arguments in the W.R. Grace trial got under way today in Missoula, Montana. Arguments were kicked off by the prosecution this morning with the defenses closing argument being presented in the afternoon. W.R. Grace is accused of conspiring to conceal the dangers brought on by asbestos exposure brought on by the company’s vermiculite mines […]

Government Memorandum Offers More Transparency Concerning Asbestos Exposure in Libby, Montana

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A government memorandum identifying public health concerns in Libby, Montana was released yesterday after a group sued for disclosure after multiple attempts to obtain the document by means of the Freedom of Information Act. The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a lawsuit against the EPA for improperly withholding a document concerning the asbestos cleanup […]

Aussie Woman Wins Asbestos Exposure Suit After Mesothelioma Takes Her Life

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A 64-year old Aussie woman, who lost her battle to mesothelioma 8 months ago, has won the equivalent of nearly half a million U.S. dollars from an asbestos exposure claim. The Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia announced on Monday, that Sydney resident, Margaret Dawson, was awarded 550,000 Australian dollars or roughly 0,000 USD, in her […]

Man Suffering From Mesothelioma Stresses the Importance of Compensation

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64-Year old Geoffrey Bradshaw should be heading into retirement, but unfortunately doesn’t have much to look forward to, as doctors have told him he’ll spend his retirement suffering through the last few months of his life with mesothelioma. To make a bad situation worse, Bradshaw could potentially miss out on any compensation because his former […]

New Technology Provides Earlier Detection of Mesothelioma

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A new technology has been announced that potentially could make it easier and faster to diagnose mesothelioma. Michael Harbut, M.D., co-director of the National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-Related Cancers (NCVAC) announced that radiographic approaches to diagnose can aid in the detection of mesothelioma. Radiographic approaches developed by Carmen Endress, M.D., FACR, Associate Professor of […]

James P. Wilmot Cancer Center Study Suggests Acupressure Wristbands Reduce Nausea in Patients Receiving Radiation Therapy

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A new study suggests that acupressure wristbands reduce nausea for cancer patients receiving radiation treatment. Despite previous studies that suggest a placebo effect concerning acupressure wristbands reducing nausea in patients receiving radiation therapy, researchers at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at URMC are finding information that would suggest otherwise. In the most recent clinical […]

Mesothelioma Patients Tumor Reduced by 73 Percent

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A British mesothelioma patient who was given only months to live is celebrating news her tumor has shrunk by 73 percent following experimental treatment in Germany. Debbie Brewer who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2006 is absolutely thrilled with the final results of a nine-month course of specialized chemotherapy. Debbie was told by doctors that […]

RapidArc to Speed Up Radiation Therapy

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The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) will be the first cancer treatment center in the United States to offer a new type of radiation therapy to cancer patients. In the past radiation therapy, although helpful, has been time consuming and offered an opportunity to harm non cancerous tissue while trying to treat cancerous tissues. At […]

Asbestos Reconfirmed as the Cause of Mesothelioma

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The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has reconfirmed this week that all commercial asbestos fibers – including chrysotile, the most commercially used form of asbestos – cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. The agency also reconfirmed that the toxic mineral causes laryngeal cancer and newly confirmed that sufficient evidence exists to state that asbestos […]

MARF Honors Couple With Volunteer of the Year Award

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The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) honored a couple with the foundations annual Volunteer of the Year Award. Craig and Shelly Kozicki share the honors for their relentless dedication to finding and funding new treatments for mesothelioma. In July of 1998 Craig was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He was even told to g home and get […]

1976 W.R. Grace Hamster Study: Asbestos Causes Mesothelioma

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A former chemist for W.R. Grace & Co. revealed to jurors Tuesday that in 1976, top executives ordered a “hamster study” in which the hamsters were injected with asbestos-laced vermiculite from Libby, Montana. W.R. Grace & Co. and five employees were charged with a federal conspiracy involving Clean Air Act violations and obstruction of justice. […]

Judges Ruling Could Have Lasting Effect on Future Asbestos Lawsuits

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A recent judges interpretation of a clause in an insurance contract could have an effect on asbestos-related lawsuits across the country. The case involves mining giant Asarco and its insurer, Fireman’s Insurance Fund. Asarco operated a zinc refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas from 1942 to 1985. They reopened as a waste management facility under the […]

The State of Illinois is Fighting Against Mesothelioma

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The State of Illinois is doing their part in the fight against Mesothelioma. They have not one but two bills working their way through the State Senate and House of Representatives. The bill that is in the Senate calls for the creation of the Mesothelioma Awareness Fund. Along with the creation of the fund it […]

Chrysler & Honeywell Lacked Cause in Autopsy Request

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Last week I wrote about how Chrysler and Honeywell issued a subpoena for the autopsy of Harold St. John during his funeral. The subpoena halted Mr. St. John’s funeral and he was never buried. In response to this, the St. John family fought Chrysler and Honeywell’s demands because Mr. St. John underwent a biopsy of […]

Jury Awards $2.6 Million in Mesothelioma Lawsuit

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The wife of a former Navy firefighter who died of mesothelioma has been awarded nearly .6 million after a two-month trial concluded last week. David Fortier, a former Connecticut resident, served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1972, a majority of that time as a fireman on the USS Forrestal aircraft carrier. His service […]

1 in 17 UK Carpenters Born in the 1940s Will Die of Mesothelioma

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According to new research published in the British Journal of Cancer, 1 in 17 British carpenters born in the 1940s will die of mesothelioma. In the largest global study of its kind funded by Cancer Research UK and the Health and Safety Executive more than 600 patients with mesothelioma and 1,400 healthy people were interviewed […]

Chrysler Subpeonas Funeral of Man with Mesothelioma

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A funeral is supposed to be a time of remembrance of a loved one and not a time for a subpoena to be issued. However, that was not the case for the funeral of Harold St. John, a retired airline worker, from New Jersey. Last week, the Chrysler Company sent a process server to the […]

Morphotek To Move Forward With Phase 2 Study For Potential Mesothelioma Treatment

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Morphotek Inc. will be moving forward with a phase 2 study of MORAb-009 monoclonal antibody in mesothelioma. The study will be focused on MORAb-009 being used in addition to chemotherapy drugs that are currently the standard form of treatment for patients with mesothelioma. The objective is to show that MORAb-009 is an effective treatment based […]

Mesothelioma Symptoms: A Guide

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Mesothelioma is considered to be one of the deadliest and rarest kinds of cancer. It develops cancerous or malignant cells in the mesothelium. Mesothelium is a protective cell which covers mostly many internal body organs. They can also damage other organs in your body by spreading the damaged cells to other parts or organs. The […]

Securing Services of Mesothelioma Attorneys

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Mesothelioma is supposed to be rare. Sadly, thousands of people die from mesothelioma on a yearly basis. This is devastating especially to families who are left behind. They suffer along with their loved one just too ultimately lose him or her to the decease. Mesothelioma is one of the most devastating forms of cancer. Usually, […]

English Playhouse to Put On Production Of Mesothelioma Victims Fight

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In England, a play will chronicle a woman’s fight against the factory that exposed her to asbestos causing her and her mother to eventually die of mesothelioma. June Hancock lost her mother to mesothelioma in 1983 and then tragically lost her own battle to the cancer in 1997. June was exposed to asbestos as a […]

UK to Open Chain Of Cancer Research Centers

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In the United Kingdom, the organization, Cancer Research UK, is in the first stages of opening a chain of cancer centers across the country. Hopes are that the chain of cancer research centers will draw together world class research and different professionals from numerous areas of medical expertise. The first of the centers is opening […]

Young Lady Who Battled Mesothelioma Honored

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In the UK a young lady who has unfortunately passed due to mesothelioma is being honored at a fundraising dinner being held in her memory. 28-year old, Leigh Carlisle was one of the youngest people to be diagnosed with mesothelioma. During Leigh’s tragically abbreviated life she was incredibly selfless in working to raise money and […]

Potential Fines Stemming From Criminal Trial Could Jeopardize Asbestos Trust

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Jury selection will begin today in the criminal trial against W.R. Grace concerning the alleged contamination of Libby, Montana with asbestos. 1,200 people in the area have said to have been stricken ill or to have died as a result of asbestos contamination. If W.R. Grace, who is going through the process of reorganization through […]

Further Investigation Needed On Vermont Asbestos Mine

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The Vermont Health Department will go into further investigation concerning a closed asbestos mine located in Eden, Vermont. A report was released back in November 2008 that showed a higher than expected incidence of asbestos related cancers and asbestosis in the area surrounding the mine. State officials later came out and refuted initial reports that […]

United Way Reaching Out To Those in Need

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Alabama United Way Officials are trying to bring awareness to the non profit’s 2-1-1 initiative. The program has been available in Alabama for 10 years but has been grossly under used and in times of economic hardship it is important to know assistance is there, especially if you are tying to undertake the costs that […]

Targeted Immune Cells Shrink Mesothelioma Tumors in Mice

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and The National Cancer Institute have generated altered immune cells that were able to shrink mesothelioma tumors in mice. The immune cells are meant to target mesothelin, a protein that is highly expressed in mesothelioma and several other cancers. Mesothelin is generally limited to the cells […]

Cancer Treatment Costs

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It’s always devastating to hear that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any form of cancer, but as we have progressed scientifically and new treatments have been brought forward, the news may not be as devastating. Lack of advances in medicine isn’t the reason many cancer patients find it hard to obtain […]

Mesothelioma Research Aided by $220,000 in Grants

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In Hawaii, a cancer research center has received two grants totaling 0,000 for research to be conducted on mesothelioma. Dr. Haining Yang is one of five recipients of a 2 year 0,000 collar grant from the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF). On top of the MARF grant Yang has also received a 2 year 0,000 […]

PPG To Set UP Trust Fund For Asbestos Exposure Victims

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PPG in Pittsburgh has filed a new plan for reorganization in US Bankruptcy Court for it’s company Pittsburgh Corning Corp and the new plan includes a trust for asbestos exposure related injuries. In 2006 PPG had a plan for reorganization rejected by Bankruptcy Court Judge Judith Fitzgerald. The original plan also included a trust that […]

Liberty Mutuals Appeal Rejected in Asbestos Case

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Liberty Mutual might have to pay a large amount of money to people claiming asbestos related injuries under a ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Plastics Engineering is insured by Liberty Mutual. Thousands of people are claiming that products made by the company between the years of 1950 and 1983 that contained asbestos have injured […]

Treatments for Mesothelioma

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Unfortunately in years past, treatment for mesothelioma has been largely palliative rather than curative. This is many times a product of the latency of the disease. It can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years for signs of mesothelioma to show and most times the disease is too far along to combat it. Hospitals, universities, […]

Proposed Legislation to Limit Asbestos Lawsuits

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In Virginia, a bill filed in the General Assembly could make it much more difficult for residents to sue for asbestos exposure in The Peninsula area. The Peninsula area, which includes; Newport, Portsmouth, and Norfolk, has one of the country’s highest death and injury rates from asbestos that had been heavily used in shipyards for […]

Hearing To Decide Evidence in Libby Trial

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Today a hearing is being held in Missoula, Montana to determine what evidence will be allowed in a criminal trial against W.R. Grace Co. In an indictment that was unsealed in February of 2005, W.R. Grace Co and six of its former executives are charged with violating the federal Clean Air Act and obstructing an […]

Worlds First Asbestos Center Open

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In Australia, the world’s first asbestos center has opened. The center will examine early treatment of asbestos related diseases as well as ways to improve treatments. As asbestos related diseases, like mesothelioma and asbestosis, are extremely difficult to treat the center is placing a large emphasis on educating the public on the dangers of asbestos […]

100th Annual American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting

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This spring the American Association for Cancer Research will be holding their 100th annual meeting. The meeting will feature the latest findings in laboratory, transitional and clinical cancer research. This year the focus will be on innovative research, novel technologies, some of the life saving therapies that are currently in the pipeline, clinical trials and new […]

Relay For Life

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The American Cancer Society has started to gear up for its signature fundraiser, The Relay For Life. Starting in the spring and going right on through the summer The Relay For Life will be held in numerous locations across the country. Teams will gather at local high schools, parks, and fairgrounds to fight the battle […]

National Lung Cancer Screening a Step Closer in the UK

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A national lung cancer screening program is a step closer to becoming a reality in the UK. A charity based in Liverpool is undertaking a study to look into the feasibility of a national screening program. The idea of a national screening was once considered a “pipe dream” according to Ray Donnelly, the Founder and […]

Study Shows Lack of Psychological Care For Cancer Patients

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According to a recent study conducted in Canada, only a minority of patients with advanced forms of cancer are being referred by their cancer doctor for specialized psychological care, even when they are clearly distressed. In a comprehensive cancer treatment center 326 patients were treated for different types of advanced forms of cancer. Out of the […]

Columbia Sues Local Contractors Over Asbestos Removal

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Columbia International University has filed a federal suit against local contractors after they failed to properly remove asbestos in buildings owned by the university. Columbia is suing the contractor Environmental Engineering Company Inc.; its parent company, RPR & Associates Inc.; and paint contractor Hyde Drywall & Paint Inc. The amount of money Columbia is suing […]

New Diagnostic Test For Mesothelioma

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Rosetta Genomics has introduced a new diagnostic cancer test, the miReview Meso. According to the company, the miReview Meso test is able to differentiate between mesothelioma and other carcinomas in the lung. The miReview Meso test is available commercially through Rosetta Genomics’ CLIA certified lab in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Harvey Pass, chief of thoracic surgery and […]

Holiday Coping Strategies for Mesothelioma Caregivers

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The holiday season is a time when family and friends gather to observe long-held traditions (not to mention indulge in a smorgasbord of tempting foods). But when your world is turned upside down by mesothelioma or asbestos cancer, the holidays may not hold their usual charm. As a caregiver for someone with mesothelioma, you may […]

How Asbestos Fibers Trigger Cancer In Human Cells

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Ohio State University researchers believe they are the first in the world to study the molecular underpinnings of cancer by probing individual bonds between an asbestos fiber and human cells. Though any clinical application is years away, the scientists hope their findings could aid in drug development efforts targeting illnesses caused by excessive exposure to […]

Michigan Could Dismiss Thousands of Asbestos Lawsuits

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In Michigan, over 2,000 lawsuits could be subject to dismissal after a state court judge has excluded what is no longer considered expert testimony. The judge ruled that Dr. R Michael Kelly, an internist and occupational medical specialist who has diagnosed many individuals with asbestos-related illnesses, can not be considered an expert, and therefore cannot […]

New Surgical Procedure Allows for Faster Recovery

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Conventional surgery for lung cancer calls for the surgeon, among many things, to make a 6-10 inch incision in the patient’s chest, and then intentionally fracture the patient’s ribs to gain access to the lung. Just the fracturing of the lungs can take 6 weeks for the patient to recover. Fortunately, more than a decade […]