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Archive for September 2016

Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Under Fire for Not Paying

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the asbestos bankruptcy trust established for the benefit of victims of asbestos exposure at the hands of Tyler Pipe. The company, which was established in Tyler, Texas in 1935, manufactured soil pipes, pipe-joining materials and other products that were made with asbestos. These products were used by plumbers,…

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Texas Family Files Asbestos Lawsuit Against Chevron

Families that have been impacted by mesothelioma, asbestosis, or other asbestos-related diseases face many challenges. Though immediate attention must be focused on getting the best medical treatment available, there must also be acknowledgement that the condition may have been caused by negligence on the part of an employer or asbestos company. Such is the case…

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Researchers Reveal That Breath Analysis Tool May Detect Mesothelioma

One of the most frustrating characteristics of mesothelioma, the rare and fatal form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos, is the fact that it is extremely difficult to diagnose until the disease is extremely advanced. The disease has an extremely long latency period that often lasts four to five decades, and by…

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Orlando Firefighters Exposed to Asbestos and Increased Risk of Mesothelioma

It was just over six months ago that the Environmental Protection Agency started investigating whether Orlando, Florida firefighters were exposed to high levels of asbestos, increasing their risk of being diagnosed with mesothelioma.  At that time the agency indicated that there were no less than 7 pieces of equipment that were contaminated with asbestos, and…

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Scientists Caution Mesothelioma and Other Cancer Patients Regarding Immunotherapy

There has been terrific excitement among mesothelioma patients and physicians regarding the potentially curative impact of immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a new treatment protocol that uses the patient’s own immune system to attack cancerous cells, and a number of clinical trials for mesothelioma that have investigated its effectiveness have reported extended survival rates. Even more optimism…

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Italian Study Reveals Extended Mesothelioma Survival with IMRT

Earlier this summer, researchers at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering released an optimistic study regarding the use of IMRT – Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy – in the use of advanced pleural mesothelioma. That study called the technology a new “lung-sparing paradigm”, but a report released by researchers in Italy may point to the targeted radiotherapy technique…

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FDA Fast Track Puts Mesothelioma Cancer Vaccine in the Spotlight

This week, the maker of a mesothelioma vaccine got good news – they were approved for fast track designation. When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants a fast track designation to a drug, it’s a big deal – it means that the agency believes that it has the potential of filling an unmet…

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Chlorine Industry Waits for Impact of Potential Asbestos Review

It is a widely held but mistaken belief that the United States banned the use of asbestos once its dangers became known. Asbestos is a powerful carcinogen that causes mesothelioma and other serious conditions, and in fact, there was an effort to ban its use. But that ban, which was put into place by the…

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Scripps Institute Study Changes Thoughts on Asbestos Remediation Efforts

Asbestos is a mineral that is the root cause of mesothelioma, asbestosis, and a number of other serious diseases. The material was widely used in industrial, construction and infrastructure applications in the United States up until the 1980s, when it was proven to be a powerful carcinogen. Since that time, health advocates have pushed for…

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Baylor Mesothelioma Center Recruiting Patients for Clinical Trial

One of the most frustrating things for patients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the rare and always fatal form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos, is the fact that there is very little that their physicians can do. The disease has proven to be highly resistant to chemotherapy, the standard forms…

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