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Archive for April 2017

Court Sides with Mesothelioma Victim's Family in Second-Hand Asbestos Case

The daughters of an Alabama woman who died of malignant mesothelioma have prevailed in an appeal filed by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The case, which was heard and decided by the United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit, involved Barbara Bobo, who spent 22 years washing her husband’s asbestos-contaminated work clothing. According to testimony provided…

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Can Mesothelioma Patients Exercise? Should They?

Mesothelioma is an illness that creeps up on its victims. Though the condition is present within the body for decades after exposure to asbestos, it is only it in its most advanced stage that symptoms begin to arise, and by then it is often too late for medical treatments to be effective. Those who are…

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Folic Acid Discovery Will Guide Future Mesothelioma Treatment

Alimta is a chemotherapy drug that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. Its use has been proven to have a significant positive impact on the overall survival time of patients diagnosed with this rare and fatal form of cancer, particularly when combined with another chemotherapy…

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$81.5 Million Awarded to Family of Mesothelioma Victim

The family of a man who died of mesothelioma at the age of 67 has been handed a unanimous verdict and an award of $81.5 million to be paid by NAPA Auto Parts and Genuine Parts Corporation following a 12-week long trial in the Pierce County Superior Court in Tacoma, Washington. The verdict, which represents one…

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Tips for Coping With the Side Effects of Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma doesn’t get much attention in the news, but approximately 3,500 people are diagnosed with this rare and challenging form of cancer every year.  Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, and because it has a long latency period it is often in an advanced stage by the time it is identified. Though this disease is…

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North Carolina Asbestos Cleanup Raises Concerns About Mesothelioma

Residents of a North Carolina housing development are voicing renewed concerns about their risk of mesothelioma as the U. S .Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begins a cleanup project in their neighborhood. At issue is an area near a former mill that was once used as an asbestos dumping ground. According to those who are currently living…

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Australian App Gives Mesothelioma Cancer Patients Invaluable Tool

Whether it’s mesothelioma, breast cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma or any other type of cancer, the diagnosis leaves patients and their families feeling adrift and alone. Dr. Sashie Howpage had no idea how cancer patients felt until she was diagnosed herself at the age of 24.  Suddenly she was thrust into the world of treatment, including chemotherapy…

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University of Hawaii Researchers Report MS Drug Suppresses Mesothelioma

It is not uncommon for medical researchers to find that a drug that helps treat one illness is also effective when used to treat another, but that doesn’t make the discovery any less exciting  – especially when it may represent help for sufferers of malignant mesothelioma. Scientists from the University of Hawaii Cancer Center have…

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