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Virus Therapy Proves Hopeful

A new type of virus therapy is being explored which could help cancer patients who would otherwise be undergoing chemotherapy treatment. In this new form of virus therapy, a virus would be used to strategically attack only cancerous cells, leaving the healthy cells untouched. This is in stark contrast to chemotherapy treatment, in which healthy and cancerous cells are attacked indiscriminately.

This treatment would be even more effective if the virus could be harnessed to express the anti-viral protein interferon-beta.

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Veterans at Heightened Asbestos Risk

The US Department of Veterans Affairs announced recently that hundreds of thousands of the men and women who have served their country in the armed forces have come into contact with asbestos during their careers. Approximately 30% of the thousands of Americans diagnosed with mesothelioma are veterans.

Mesothelioma is a particularly virulent and deadly form of cancer, linked to exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was used as a fire retardant for decades in several industries, including the military. Over 300 products containing asbestos were regularly used in the US armed forces from the 1930s until the 1970s.

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Researchers Find New Tool in Fighting Mesothelioma

Researchers in Turkey have found a new biological marker that may be able to aid in the identification of malignant mesothelioma.  The marker is called D2-40, and can help differentiate mesothelioma from pulmonary adenocarcinomas.

Doctors have long had trouble distinguishing malignant mesothelioma, benign mesothelioma, and pulmonary adenocarcinomas, which look very similar under the microscope.  The D2-40 marker may be able to provide an earlier positive identification, which could help doctors catch the disease quicker and provide better care sooner.

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Woman's $20M Mesothelioma Verdict Upheld

A California appellate court upheld a $20 million verdict in the case of a woman who developed mesothelioma cancer as a result of exposure to a joint compound produced by Georgia Pacific. Mesothelioma is a virulent form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure.

According to the case, Georgia Pacific was aware that asbestos was dangerous, but continued to used it in the construction of the joint compound. The woman came into contact with the product during the thirty years she spend remodeling homes with her husband. Unfortunately, soon after she was diagnosed with the disease, her husband had a stroke. The woman’s chemotherapy treatment made caring for her husband difficult.

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Canadian Mesothelioma Cases Skyrocket

According to a new report published by the Canadian Press, the number of cases of mesothelioma in Canada has exploded by 67% over the past 15 years. Mesothelioma is a virulent type of cancer linked with exposure to asbestos, used in various construction capacities for decades. While the country now has laws against using the fiber in new construction projects, asbestos is still present in older buildings.

Additionally, Canada continues to be one of the major exporters of asbestos, sending about 190,000 tons to mostly poor, developing countries every year. The mining of chrysotile asbestos continues to be a big industry in Montreal.

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Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Lawsuit Brought Against DuPont

A Tennessee man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against DuPont and twenty other companies, alleging that the recent death of his mother from mesothelioma was due to asbestos fibers inadvertently brought home by her husband, who worked at a DuPont plant for twenty years.

According to the man’s lawsuit, his father was exposed to the carcinogenic asbestos fibers several times during his career, a problem compounded by DuPont’s failure to warn its employees about the dangers of the material. The man claims that DuPont knew about the dangers of asbestos as far back as the 1930s, but had covered up or ignored the dangers.

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Article Published About Preventing Chest Tumors at Sites of Instrumentation

A group of mesothelioma researchers has published an article in the journal Lung Cancer about current methods used to prevent the development and growth of cancerous tumors at the site of instrumentation for surgeries.  The diagnosis of mesothelioma requires biopsies in which instruments are inserted into the body, and catheters often need to be inserted to drain fluid.  Additionally, mesothelioma patients often require fluid to be drained from the chest cavity.  These sites of intrusion are more prone to develop tumors.

The doctors reviewed the practice of preventing the growth of these cancerous cells through the prophylactic irradiation of tracts (PIT), the method that has been used to prevent cancer growth for about 20 years.  They did not come to a consensus about this method’s efficacy.

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Wake Forest Begins New Mesothelioma Study

The Wake Forest School of Medicine has teamed with the FirstHealth of the Carolinas Clinical Trials Department to research how mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases develop and progress.  The research team is being led by Wake Forests’ Dr. Jill Ohar, who has spent 20 years investigating mesothelioma and its causes, and believes that because mesothelioma seems to run in families, there may very well be a genetic predisposition to the disease.

The main thrust of the research project will be investigating genetic markers.  Test subjects will have to fill out a survey and donate a one-ounce blood sample.

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