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Archive for April 2016

Mesothelioma Physicians Struggle with End-Of-Life Care Discussions

It is very difficult to receive a diagnosis of mesothelioma. This rare and always fatal form of cancer is a painful, aggressive disease that generally claims its victims lives within just a year or two of diagnosis. One of the most tragic aspects of the disease is the fact that mesothelioma is completely preventable: It…

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Asbestos-Like Substance in the West Raising Mesothelioma Fears

A study of a naturally-occurring asbestos-like mineral in the Custer National Forest garnered little attention when it was first released in November, but is now raising questions about the safety and future health of Forest Service workers who may be exposed to the substance. Erionite has been found in rocks and soil in a number…

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Researchers Discover Drug That Prevents Deadly Mesothelioma Side Effect

Patients who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma face many challenges. The disease, which is caused by exposure to asbestos, is both rare and fatal. Modern science has struggled to find effective treatment protocols, and most patients die within a year or two of being diagnosed. There are two different forms of mesothelioma that are…

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Philadelphia Carpenter Awarded $6.4 Million for Asbestos Exposure

A jury in the city of Philadelphia spent six days listening to testimony in a case pitting a carpenter who worked for PECO, the local electric company for thirty years, against two companies that supplied PECO with products containing asbestos. William Roverano was diagnosed with lung cancer late in 2013, and though he admitted to…

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World Health Organization Calls for Global Ban on Asbestos

The dangers of asbestos have been well known for quite some time. The mineral made popular for its strength and ability to insulate against heat and flame is a dangerous carcinogen that has caused tens of thousands of deaths. It is the cause of a number of serious diseases, including the rare and fatal form…

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Homeowners’ Risk Mesothelioma Due to Hidden Asbestos

Most people have heard of mesothelioma, the rare and deadly form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. They are familiar with the disease because they hear about it on the news, or on advertising they see on television, but they tend to discount it because they assume that it is only a…

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South Carolina’s Asbestos History Has Led to High Mesothelioma Rates

Charleston is a bustling seaport in the state of South Carolina, and like many others of its kind, its history includes building and repairing ships of all kinds, and even submarines, for decades. Though this is a point of pride and interest, it has also led to the county in which it is located having…

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Gene Found in Mesothelioma Patients May Determine Effectiveness of Chemotherapy

One of the most frustrating things for patients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma is learning that the disease is so resistant to standard treatments.  Though innovative treatments for cancers of all types have continued to provide improved results and longer survival rates, this rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos continues to…

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