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Archive for December 2016

New Breathalyzer Technology May Speed Mesothelioma Diagnosis

A study published in the scientific journal ACS Nano has revealed the development of a new breathalyzer that may help physicians quickly and easily diagnose seventeen different diseases, including lung cancers like mesothelioma. The technology behind the state-of-the-art tool relies upon the existence of microscopic compounds called volatile organic compounds – or VOCs – that…

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Mesothelioma Fears Rise as Renovation Boom Exposes More to Asbestos

Exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma and other serious illnesses. That is a given. The material was once widely used – it was an integral component of ceiling and floor tiles, insulation for heating pipes and boilers, and for residential and commercial buildings. It was incorporated into the walls as part of joint compound, and into…

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Veterans with Mesothelioma Benefit from Phone Consulting Service

According to a recent study, a national telephone consulting service specifically designed to assist U.S. military veterans in finding the most appropriate medical care has yielded big benefits, providing those who are suffering from mesothelioma, a rare and fatal form of cancer, with much improved treatment options and better outcomes. The study, which was published in The…

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Asbestos’ Deadly Legacy Captured by Italian Photographer

When we think of asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos-related lung cancer, we tend to focus on the harms that have been suffered in the United States. But the truth is that the deadly carcinogen has been used for centuries, and was considered invaluable to industries around the world. The legacy of asbestos…

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New Mesothelioma Treatment Being Investigated at Baylor College of Medicine

The Mesothelioma Treatment Center at the Baylor College of Medicine Lung Institute is world renowned for its ground-breaking research and treatment approaches for those suffering from the rare and deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Now the institution has announced that two of its top physicians and scientists will be enrolling patients…

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Mesothelioma Cancer Research Boosted by Inspiring Jeopardy Contestant Winner

The Cancer Research Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing knowledge and research about the use of immunotherapy in the fight against all cancers, including mesothelioma. The organization was recently the beneficiary of a large donation and a great deal of attention after the nation’s heart was captured by the story of Cindy Stowell,…

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State-of-the-Art Mesothelioma Treatment Protocol Shows Promise

A new mesothelioma treatment protocol known as Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) has shown great promise when combined with standard chemotherapy treatments, providing patients involved in a recent study with extended survival times. The study, titled “Interim Results of a Phase 2 Trial of TTFields with Chemotherapy for First Line Treatment of Malignant Mesothelioma” was presented…

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EPA Includes Asbestos in First Ten Chemicals to Be Investigated

In June of 2016, health advocates and mesothelioma victims cheered as President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The passage of the law brought a long, drawn-out struggle to a close, giving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greater power to ban toxic chemicals. Now the agency has…

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New Study Reveals Protocol May Add Years to Mesothelioma Patients’ Lives

A study conducted at the University of Maryland in Baltimore has revealed that a new mesothelioma treatment protocol may add years to the survival time of patients. The new therapy is an innovative multi-modality approach that combines the lung-sparing surgery known as pleurectomy/decortication, chemotherapy, and light therapy. Though the treatment is not a cure, it…

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