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How to Help Your Spouse When They've Been Diagnosed with Mesothelioma

When you got married, you said the words, “for better or worse,” but you never dreamed that one day you would be facing a mesothelioma diagnosis together. This rare and fatal form of cancer presents challenges to even the strongest couple: not only do you have to deal with the reality of a tragically short…

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Mesothelioma Research Gets Boost From Companies Collaborating

It’s not often that two different pharmaceutical companies decide to join forces in bringing a drug to market, but when it comes to treating malignant mesothelioma, exceptions are being made. According to a May 17th press release issued by pharmaceutical giant Aduro Biotech, the company will be collaborating with competitor Merck and Co. to see…

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Can Mesothelioma Be Stopped By Cutting Off Its Legs?

It sounds strange, but a team of researchers from Georgia Tech may have found a way to stop cancer cells from metastasizing by cutting off the protrusions that make them mobile, and their discovery may mean a breakthrough for those suffering from malignant mesothelioma. According to findings published in the journal PNAS, the scientists used nano rods…

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Navy Veteran's Mesothelioma Case Allowed to Proceed, Despite Asbestos Companies' Objections

The family of a deceased veteran who served four years in the Navy and who died of malignant mesothelioma will be able to proceed with their mesothelioma lawsuit against multiple asbestos companies, despite those companies trying desperately to argue against his claim.  The companies had attempted to bar testimony he’d given as hearsay and his identification of their…

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Innovative Technology Raises Hope for Improved Mesothelioma Treatment

Every form of cancer has its own genetic makeup, and that includes malignant mesothelioma. Not only does mesothelioma have its own unique DNA structure, but there are different cell types and variations of the disease, and they each have their own unique mutations. This is part of why the condition is so challenging to treat:…

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Mesothelioma Victims Watch Senate Health Bill With Concern

The Senate is currently preparing to vote on a new version of a healthcare bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, and people who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma are watching the proceedings with many questions. Of particular concern is the idea that insurance companies will once again have the ability to financially penalize…

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Mesothelioma Risk Doubled for Australian Men Living in Asbestos-Contaminated Homes

This tragic history of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma is by no means limited to the United States. In fact, in some countries the carcinogen’s impact goes far beyond what has happened here. Most exposures that occurred in the U.S. arose from occupational exposure, impacting people who worked with asbestos in factories, shipyards, on construction sites…

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Patients With Peritoneal Mesothelioma Learn that Time is On Their Side

Time is a rare and valuable commodity for all of us, but this is especially true for those who have been diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma. The condition is caused by exposure to asbestos, and once diagnosed it generally claims the lives of its victims within two years of diagnosis. But a new study conducted by…

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Polish Study Confirms That Mesothelioma Risk Only Increases With Age

Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer that is unlike all others in many ways. One of the most notable  – and frustrating – of these is that mesothelioma’s risks continue to rise as more time passes from exposure to asbestos. This is in direct contrast to other types of cancers: for example, when a smoker quits smoking,…

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Kentucky Man's Lawsuit Delay Provides a Cautionary Tale

The American justice system provides people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma with a way of getting justice: they can file a lawsuit against the company responsible for their asbestos exposure. Victims are also able to file claims against the various asbestos bankruptcy trusts that have been put in place specifically to provide compensation for…

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