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FDA Approves Drug Combination for Treating Mesothelioma

Last Month,the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Opdivo (nivolumab) in combination with Yervoy (ipilimumab) for the first-line treatment of adults with malignant pleural mesothelioma that cannot be removed by surgery. This is the first drug regimen approved for mesothelioma in 16 years and the second FDA-approved systemic therapy for mesothelioma. Said the FDA in Read More

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Longshoremen Awarded $10.3 Million In Mesothelioma Lawsuit

A $10.3 million verdict was secured against two stevedoring companies and a shipping company on behalf of Henry Pete, who was exposed to raw asbestos he unloaded from the Port of New Orleans while working as a longshoreman in the 1960s. Pete was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2019. Pete worked as a longshoreman from 1964 Read More

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Potential Asbestos Exposure Dangers Among Those Occupations Using Handheld Hair Dryers During The 1970s

While the dangerous presence of asbestos and asbestos exposure has long been associated with shipbuilders, sailors, construction workers, auto mechanics and other heavy industrial areas, there are other less-visible occupational exposures to asbestos. Among these are occupations, like hair dressers, who used handheld hair dryers throughout their work day. Evidence of this danger goes as Read More

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PA School Officials Charged With Hiding Asbestos Problems

In October of this year, three former or current school officials in Pennsylvania faced criminal charges due to allegations of hiding asbestos issues in the Scranton school district. NBC 10 Philadelphia reported at the beginning of October that a former superintendent of the Scranton School District was charged with felony child endangerment. Two other officials Read More

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Mesothelioma Lawsuits On The Rise While Mesothelioma Case Numbers Decline

KCIC, a respected Washington, D.C. consulting firm, published its annual report on mesothelioma and litigation recently. Of significance in the report is the fact that lawsuits filed by those diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and other deadly asbestos-related cancers increased 65.7% from 2007 to 2017.  However, during the same period the overall incidence rate of these Read More

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Johnson & Johnson Agrees To Pay $100 Million In Baby Powder Suits

Growing litigation over the fact that asbestos-contaminated talc was found in one of its products, Johnson and Johnson has to pay more than $100 million to settle more than 1,000 lawsuits. The health care products maker recalled more than 30,000 bottles of its baby powder in the US and Canada in 2019, replacing these with Read More

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Mesothelioma Lawsuits: What You Need To Know

According to industry reports, there were some 4,000 mesothelioma lawsuits filed in the U.S. last year. These suits fall into two categories: Personal Injury suits are typically filed by a person diagnosed with mesothelioma seeking compensation for medical bills, lost of income and other personal and financial impacts. Family members or those involved in the Read More

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Cancer Vaccine To Be Tested with Immunotherapy On Mesothelioma Patients in Norway

A cancer vaccine that has already demonstrated effectiveness when used on malignant melanoma, prostate cancer and lung cancer in studies will be tested on mesothelioma patients. The novel UV1 vaccine, which has also proven to be safe, is being tested by a research team at Oslo University Hospital in Norway as part of a mesothelioma Read More

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Loved One Diagnosed with Mesothelioma? Here Are Things For Caregivers to Know.

​According to the American Cancer Society, caregiver is defined “… as the person who most often helps the person with cancer and is not paid to do so. In most cases, the main (primary) caregiver is a spouse, partner, parent, or an adult child. When family is not around, close friends, co-workers, or neighbors may fill this Read More

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Coping With Mesothelioma During COVID Crisis

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, oncologists have had to balance patients’ need for treatment with the risk of contracting the disease, sometimes prompting them to adjust standard treatment and/or rethink its timing. Further complicating the situation, many hospitals have limited surgeries when COVID-19 cases surge and a surgical backlog once cases decrease, requiring tough decisions Read More

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