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Archive for October 2013

Penn Study Shows Lymph Nodes Should Guide Treatment

Joseph S. Friedberg, MD, Chief of the Section of Thoracic Surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Co-Director of the Penn Mesothelioma and Pleural Disease Program, gave a presentation at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer’s 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer in which he indicated that previously examined lymph nodes located…

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Quality of Life Key Consideration for Mesothelioma Patients

A recent study that was conducted by scientists at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, United Kingdom and delivered at the 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer has indicated that an invasive keyhole surgery called video-assisted thorascopic surgery, or VATS, does nothing to extend mesothelioma patients’ survival rates but does make a considerable improvement in their quality…

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Immunotherapy Aided by Suppressing Patient Immune System

The use of immunotherapy has long been considered one of the most promising approaches to the treatment of mesothelioma, an insidious and always deadly form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. In mesothelioma, tumors form within the linings of the patients’ abdomens or lungs. Patients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma are…

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Asbestos and the “Micronite” Filter

Though it is hard to imagine a time when people did not know that cigarette smoking was a deadly habit, it was only fifty or sixty years ago that the real risks of tobacco and nicotine started to become known to the general public. Cigarette manufacturers scrambled to find a way to keep people smoking…

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Celebrity Character Actor Dies of Mesothelioma

Ed Lauter, a familiar face to movie fans for the past forty years, died in October following a diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Lauter was just 74 when he died and had been diagnosed with the illness in May of this year. Though it is unknown when his initial exposure to the illness occurred, mesothelioma…

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Firefighters’ Risk of Mesothelioma Twice as High

It has long been known that firefighters and other first responders face a higher risk of exposure to asbestos, the deadly toxic mineral that causes mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, but a recent study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has made it crystal clear exactly what that risk means…

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Mesothelioma Patient Grateful for Obamacare

October 2013 will go down in history for a couple of different historical and political events. The United States Congress was unable to approve a budget that would allow for the continuing operation of Congress, in large part because certain factions were intent on defunding the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  The act…

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Wisconsin Mining Site Cause for Concern

The site of a planned taconite mine is raising concerns and creating debate among residents in a Wisconsin community. Taconite is a low-grade iron ore that is a useful natural resource, and plans have been in place for some time for Gogebic Taconite LLC, an iron-ore mining company also known as GTAC, to begin mining…

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Garlock Sealing Technologies Asbestos Bankruptcy Trial Concludes

In Charlotte, North Carolina, a contentious bankruptcy case that has gone on for more than three weeks has concluded; Garlock Sealing Technologies, a company that has been the defendant in a number of asbestos-exposure cases, has filed for bankruptcy in order to protect its assets from future cases. The company has indicated that they expect…

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