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Archive for February 2015

New Phase II Clinical Trial of Tumor Treating Fields Begins in Europe

Physicians in Europe have begun enrolling patients from Germany, Italy and Poland to participate in the STELLAR trial, an open-label, single-arm Phase II trial of Novocure’s Tumor Treating Fields protocol, a novel therapy that is being delivered along with pemetrexed and cisplatin or carboplatin to patients suffering from malignant mesothelioma. The therapy was developed for…

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Last Day of February is Rare Disease Day

The last day of February each year is set aside as the international observation of Rare Disease Day, a day that has been set aside to raise awareness of devastating illnesses that do not get the same funding or publicity as other, better-known illnesses like breast cancer that strike more people. The idea behind setting…

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Amazing Grace!

Lannie’s CT scan and doc tor’s appointment at Duke is scheduled for tomorrow. Snow is forecasted for our area. Most weather reports forecast only flurries for the Durham area. I stay up late to watch the 11:00 news and weather so I can see the latest forecast. We plan to leave at 7:00 to give…

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Australian Asbestos Victims Breathe a Sigh of Relief

Mention of Australia may conjure up images of kangaroos and koalas, but the country is notable in many ways. One of the more unfortunate of those is the fact that Australia has the second highest rate of mesothelioma deaths in the world, and much of this is due to the work of the James Hardie.…

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Genes May Determine Mesothelioma Tumor Location

Mesothelioma is a rare and always fatal form of cancer that is caused by exposure to the carcinogenic mineral asbestos. In most cases, that exposure has been found to be related to the patient’s occupational history, as asbestos was frequently used in high heat and construction job sites because of its strength and its characteristic…

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Secondary Asbestos Exposure Claims Live of UK Widow

The family of an 86-year old woman from the town of Skelton in the United Kingdom is preparing to file a lawsuit over her death from the rare cancer mesothelioma, which is caused by exposure to asbestos. Mary Pointer never worked in an industrial setting where asbestos was present, but for years she laundered her…

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Italian Rag Sorters at Risk for Asbestos-Related Diseases

There are certain occupations that are known to be at high risk for exposure to asbestos, and subsequently workers in those occupations are at higher risk for being diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer or a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma. But a surprising new study published in the Annals…

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Hope

Lannie and I are headed to the International Symposium On Malignant Mesothelioma, hosted by the Mesothelioma Applied research Foundation, at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland March 2, 3 4.

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Report Cites Concerns About Global Asbestos Use

A report published in the Annals of Global Health analyze the history of asbestos use in the United States and around the world, and cites concerns about the continued use globally. The authors, Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD, of the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia, Pennsylania, and T.K. Joshi, MBBS, MS (Surgery)…

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Investigating Cardiac Concerns in Mesothelioma Treatment

When discussing treatment options for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, oncologists generally prefer a multi-modality approach that includes a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Among the stated concerns in using this protocol, however, have been fears that using targeted radiation therapy in close proximity to the heart, which is often necessary for tumors…

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