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Archive for March 2017

Immunotherapy Continues to Hold Hope for Mesothelioma Patients

There is a standard multimodality treatment protocol that is offered to patients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. It is a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and the nuances of the treatment are largely dependent upon the patient’s condition and type of mesothelioma, the facility at which they are being treated, and the…

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CARE Act Would Mean Real Help for Mesothelioma Caregivers

When a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the primary focus of attention is on them, and their needs. That is as it should be. But it is important to remember that there are others in the patient’s circle who are performing heroic acts on a daily basis, often with little recognition and no…

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Understanding Mesothelioma's Impact

Whether it’s someone who you love that has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or you are the victim yourself, you have an awful lot to learn – and none of it is good. Mesothelioma is a rare and fatal form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos, and a diagnosis is generally accompanied by the…

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Mesothelioma Patients Can Benefit From Pre-Hospice Service

There’s a growing movement in the care of elderly patients, and it’s one that could provide tremendous benefits for mesothelioma patients. It’s called pre-hospice care, and it is designed to help those who want to stay at home for as long as possible.  Social workers and nurses visit patients in their homes, providing them with greater…

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Hospice Program Helps Mesothelioma Patients Overcome Breathing Anxiety

Dyspnea is the medical term for shortness of breath that afflicts many mesothelioma sufferers. It is also known as “air hunger”, and it can provoke extreme discomfort and anxiety. Dyspnea can occur in people who suffer from a variety of different types of diseases, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia and heart failure.…

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Mesothelioma Survival Rates Slowly Improving

One of the most stressful aspects of living with mesothelioma is the fact that the condition carries such a grim prognosis: whether you have been diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, or the even rarer forms that impact the heart or testicles, most physicians will indicate that the survival rate for the disease is little…

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Boston Firefighters Face Mesothelioma and Other Cancers

According to a recent story published in Boston Magazine, firefighters in the city of Boston continue to be diagnosed with mesothelioma and other cancers at an alarming rate, and the same problem has been identified in other cities around the United States. Much of this has to do with the presence of asbestos in burning buildings as…

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Medicare Liens' Slowing Asbestos Victims' Settlement

Thousands of residents of the city of Libby, Montana, have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases, and they have spent years trying to get the justice they deserve. Now comes word that the settlement they received from the state of Montana is being held up by Medicare, further delaying their ability to use…

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Court Decides for Mesothelioma Victim's Family in $5.8 Million Judgment

When a mesothelioma victim or their family files a mesothelioma lawsuit, their attorney will generally warn them that the process may be arduous. Even after years of overwhelming evidence that asbestos causes mesothelioma and other serious illnesses, companies fight hard against taking financial responsibility for the damages that they have done, and this was recently seen…

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Photodynamic Therapy Provides Real Hope in Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma patients are provided with very few options for treatment. The traditional treatments that are available include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and a combination of all three treatments. Researchers around the world are continuing to look for alternative protocols, including state-of-the-art technological breakthroughs. Among those treatment options that are currently being tested is photodynamic therapy,…

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