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Archive for December 2013

Survey of Mesothelioma Surgery Data Yields New Questions

Mesothelioma is a rare and always fatal form of cancer that has been vexing physicians and researchers for decades. Because the disease can take fifty years or more for symptoms to arise, by the time it is diagnosed the disease is well advanced, and doctors have little time to do much beyond providing palliative treatments.…

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Mesothelioma Risk not Diminished by Low Level Asbestos Exposure

A new report published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is indicating that mesothelioma is a risk no matter how high or low the level of asbestos exposure occurs.  The information was culled from data gathered as part of the Netherlands Cohort Study, a study that has been conducted since 1986 that involves…

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Hospital to Receive Mesothelioma Funding

Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan has been named the recipient of a $60,000 grant from the Breath of Life Foundation. The group is a charitable organization that is dedicated to finding a cure for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases by providing funding to advance research. The hospital was chosen in large part because of its…

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Vinorelbine Found to be Effective Secondary Option for Mesothelioma Patients

Those mesothelioma patients that have already undergone a chemotherapeutic course course of pemetrexed may gain benefits from undergoing a second course with a different medication known as vinorelbine. Though Pemetrexed and a platinum-based medication called cisplatin are the most traditional first-line course of chemotherapy treatment used in mesothelioma patients, physicians have found that the use…

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Australia Takes Proactive Approach to Mesothelioma

Australia has the dubious distinction of having one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world. This is because of its heavy use of asbestos during the industrial and building boom that took place between the 1950s and the 1980s, and health officials are warning that although the number of victims is already high,…

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Mesothelioma Funding Pales Compared to Other Cancers

In the United States, different diseases receive disparate amounts of funding into research for treatment and cure. Mesothelioma has traditionally received far less funding from the government than other diseases, and the impact of that disparity has been a dearth of available FDA-approved treatments. As a result, physicians and researchers have been forced to turn…

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British MP Denounces Insufficient Funding for Mesothelioma

Though many in the United Kingdom are hailing the recent approval of a mesothelioma victims fund as a success, those who have been most personally touched by the always fatal form of cancer are taking a harsher view of the fund, decrying it as unfair and insufficient. Chief among these is Hartlepool’s Iain Wright, a…

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Mesothelioma Clusters Found in Turkey and Mexico

A study recently conducted by scientists in the central region of Mexico has determined that there is a mesothelioma cluster in that area that bears a close resemblance to one found in the Cappadocian region of Turkey. It is believed that the high incidence of mesothelioma in both regions is attributable to the prevalence of…

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ADAO Releases Asbestos Awareness App

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), a non-profit group committed to education and advocacy on behalf of those with asbestos-related diseases, recently released the first mobile app specifically designed to increase awareness of the effects of asbestos. The app, which is free to install and is available through the iTunes store, can be found by…

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Australian Building Mogul Funds Mesothelioma Research

Australian Dale Alcock is no stranger to charity, having donated millions of dollars in the past to such worthy causes as The Salvation Army, Fremantle Medical Research Foundation and the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal. But a recent event in Alcock’s life has turned his philanthropic goals to a more personal interest. His father Dennis…

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