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Archive for June 2015

Immunotherapy Vaccine/Surgery Combination Cause for Hope

In a development that has been described as “promising”, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center have announced that by performing surgery to debulk a mesothelioma tumor, vaccine-based immunotherapy offers a viable, positive option for mesothelioma patients. There has been a tremendous amount of attention paid to the future of immunotherapy in the…

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New York City Asbestos Removal Probe Reveals Abuse

A probe conducted by the New York City Department of Investigation has revealed that asbestos removal work being done in several different New York City Housing Authority complexes has been done improperly and without required safeguards, and that several employees are working without the proper certifications and training. There have been five arrests so far,…

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Lannie’s Birthday Surprise

Lannie’s birthday is September 5, 1949. Last September, when he turned 65, he told me he wanted a “real” birthday party. Most of the time, birthdays are simple family affairs. Both of our children have summer birthdays, and mine is July 7. I find celebrating birthdays during the summer to be a challenge. It seems…

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Asbestos Remediation Required at Buckingham Palace

When you hear about a building in need of asbestos cleanup, you tend to think of administrative and municipal buildings like schools, libraries and town halls. But the citizens of the United Kingdom, who are all too familiar with the deadly risks posed by exposure to asbestos, have gotten a bit of a shock upon…

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Do Racial Disparities Exist in Mesothelioma Treatment Success?

There have been a number of studies done on the differences in incidences of mesothelioma between black patients and white patients, as well as in the effectiveness and range of treatments provided to both groups. Recently researchers from the department of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the department of population health at…

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EPA Inspector General Suggests Revising Asbestos Guidelines

Many people believe that asbestos, the building and insulation material that has been responsible for so much illness and death, is banned in the United States. Though its use has been restricted, it is still very much present in this country, both in new products and in older buildings that are beginning to deteriorate. The…

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Multiple Blessings

We are finally here! Getting here was another story… On Saturday morning, we left Ivor for 2 weeks “vacation” at Cape Hatteras. We left close to our expected departure time. Initially we said we would leave at 9:00 a.m. After some discussion and checking travel reports, we decided we could wait to leave at 11:00…

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Nanotechnology Treatment Found to Inhibit Mesothelioma Tumor Growth

The search for a cure for mesothelioma is in no way limited to the shores of the United States. The toxic impact of asbestos is felt internationally, with the highest incidence of malignant mesothelioma per capita being found in Australia, where over 700 new cases are diagnosed each year. According to the country’s Asbestos Diseases…

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Australian Researchers Discover Promising Treatment for Mesothelioma

Asbestosis and mesothelioma are serious conditions that are caused by exposure to asbestos. Though both are life altering, mesothelioma is considered fatal, and the quest to find an effective treatment has proven to be a challenge. But now a Sydney microbiologist and his co-researchers believe that they have discovered a compound that can actually halt…

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Core Values

Mesothelioma has definitely changed both Lannie and my perspective on life. Cancer has a way of doing that… Now, we do our best to embrace life’s moments. We value every cherished moment, yes, even if they sometimes hold pain. Even though Lannie’s last CT scan was clear and we are so thankful for that, Meso…

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