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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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Multiple States Attorneys General Join Advocacy Groups in EPA Lawsuit

Since the 1970s, mesothelioma groups have urged the EPA to ban asbestos, citing the link between the substance and malignant mesothelioma and other illnesses. Still, the agency has not banned its use. Now Attorneys General from multiple states have joined forces with asbestos advocacy groups to sue the agency in federal court. The argument centers Read More

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Photodynamic Therapy Offers Potential For Mesothelioma Victims

A technique now being studied to treat malignant mesothelioma is photodynamic therapy (PDT). For this treatment, a light-activated drug is injected into a vein. The drug spreads throughout the body, but it tends to collect in cancer cells. A few days later (usually in the operating room, just after surgery), a tube with a special Read More

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Can Malignant Mesothelioma Be Found Early?

Mesothelioma is rare, and there are no recommended screening tests for this cancer in people who are not at increased risk. (Screening is testing for cancer in people who don’t have any symptoms.) For people who are known to have been exposed to asbestos, some doctors recommend regular imaging tests, like chest x-rays or computed tomography Read More

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New Portable Device Provides Noninvasive Treatment That Shrinks Mesothelioma Tumors

New Portable Device Provides Noninvasive Treatment That Shrinks Mesothelioma Tumors The Optune Lua is a portable device that physicians can prescribe for patients diagnosed with unresectable malignant mesothelioma. It uses low frequency electric fields specifically designed to interrupt the division of cancer cells, and in doing so it stops tumors from growing, and in many Read More

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Does Smoking Cause Mesothelioma? Answer No!

There is a common misconception that smoking causes mesothelioma. In fact, smoking is NOT linked to a higher incidence of mesothelioma. A study published in American Family Physician in 2007 found that smokers were at no higher risk of contracting the disease than nonsmokers. Rather, exposure to asbestos, either directly, as a bystander or from Read More

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Photodynamic Therapy Gives Mesothelioma Patients New Hope

According to Medical News Today, only four of every ten mesothelioma patients survive more than a year after being diagnosed. However, a study conducted by the Penn Mesothelioma and Pleural Program (PMPP) may significantly change this prognosis. The study suggests that photodynamic therapy can extend a patient’s life by approximately one year. University of Pennsylvania Read More

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Mesothelioma: When a Cough is Much More Than Just a Cough

Diagnosing mesothelioma in its early stages is critical for survival — yet it rarely happens for two reasons. First, the latency period is so long that patients don’t put together the number-one cause and risk factor — asbestos exposure — with the onset of symptoms that can come some 15 to 50 years later. Second, Read More

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Mesothelioma — Not Your Grandpa’s Disease

September 26th was National Mesothelioma Awareness Day, and one of the key points to be emphasized is that this is not “your grandpa’s disease.” Mesothelioma risk remains a concern as asbestos exposure — particularly in the workplace — continues. Some 3,200 “new” cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year, but because of the latency period Read More

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Secondhand Exposure to Asbestos is a Real Risk

Family members (wives, children) inhaling asbestos dust off of the clothing of their loved ones was a very common occurrence during the late 1940s through the 1970s. This was especially true for those who laundered the work clothes of those who actually used and/or worked around the asbestos-containing products. Our firm recently represented a woman Read More

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