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Early diagnosis may increase life expectancy of mesothelioma patients

Professionals in the medical field that focus on treating mesothelioma have been stressing the fact that early diagnosis of mesothelioma can lead to a longer life expectancy because it is beneficial for the treatment of the rare lung cancer to begin before the cancer has spread too far.

The primary and almost exclusive cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. The reason that it is usually diagnosed so late is because there is a long latency period between when the asbestos is inhaled and when mesothelioma develops.

The most common treatment for mesothelioma is chemptherapy and other drugs, but the current life expectancy after the diagnosis is four to 18 months. Even though there is no cure for mesothelioma, an early prognosis can help lengthen the life of a patient.

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Asbestos found at Boy Scout camp

Asbestos has been found and removed at a summer camp for Boy Scouts in Eden Mills.

Samples taken in 2009 found that asbestos material was found in the buildings at Mt. Norris Boy Scout Reservation. Crews from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been working to remove the contamination in time for the boys to return to the camp.

The EPA has cleaned all of the 58 buildings using negative air machines and specialized vacuums. Exposure to asbestos is the primary cause of mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive lung cancer.

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Jury awards man $14 million in asbestos suit

A Florida jury has awarded a 57-year-old man $14 million in a mesothelioma suit.

The suit claimed that the man was exposed to asbestos while working at his family’s construction company during the 1970s. During this time, asbestos was used in joint compounds in the construction industry and was used in nearly 3,000 construction projects.

The jury found that Union Carbide, a chemical manufacturing company, was negligent for selling the asbestos fibers to companies. The company was founded in 1917 and sold asbestos fibers to companies until 1985.

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Asbestos halts Florida construction project

A construction project that was scheduled to be done by the end of May has been halted after finding asbestos material in dirt and pilings around the area.

A construction crew will be removing the carcinogenic material from the area on May 18. The workers will be required to follow the laws when removing the asbestos and will be wearing protective gear including coveralls, masks and gloves. They will also be wetting the land so that the asbestos will not become airborne.

Once asbestos fibers become airborne they can lodge into the lungs and remain dormant for years. The fibers then can cause a rare and aggressive lung cancer called mesothelioma.

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Jury awarded family of Navy Veteran $6 million in asbestos suit

The family of a Navy Veteran filed a suit in Virginia claiming that their family member’s death from malignant mesothelioma was caused from his service in the U.S. Navy. A jury awarded the family $6 million in the suit.

The man worked as a Petty Officer in the Navy for many years on various naval ships. The ship he worked on for the longest period of time, the U.S.S. Newport News, used asbestos in almost every compartment between the 1940s and 1980s. Prior to the 1970s, the safety regulations for working with asbestos were practically nonexistent.

After asbestos begins to deteriorate over time the fibers can become airborne, breathing in asbestos fibers is the primary cause of the developing the rare and aggressive form of lung cancer, mesothelioma.

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Railroad worker files asbestos exposure suit

A former Illinois railroad worker sues the Central Railroad Company, claiming he was diagnosed with asbestos-related disease because of his work for the railroad.

The man worked for the railroad company from 1952 to 1995 as a fireman and an engineer. While working at the railroads, shops and roundhouses the man was exposed to asbestos fibers or dust. The man was then diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and claims to suffer great pain and mental anguish. He also fears that he will contract mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer that is associated with asbestos exposure.

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Emotional Support Important for Mesothelioma Patients

It is very common for people suffering from debilitating diseases to feel alone and isolated, and they may find it hard to connect with other people. This is especially true for people suffering from mesothelioma, a rare and virulent cancer linked to asbestos exposure.

When patients feel alone, they are more likely to develop feelings of despair. Low morale and despair can decrease a patient’s survival chances. If someone in your family is suffering from mesothelioma, it’s important to be there to support them. Family and friends can go a long way to helping someone suffering from a long-term illness recover.

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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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Researchers Work to Develop Mesothelioma Drug

A joint team comrpised of researchers from Chinese and American companies is working to develop a new drug to aid in the battle against cancer.  The drug, currently called OSI-930, is an inhibitor which helps stop the spread of cancerous cells, which prevents the spread of the disease.

According to the researchers, the KDR/Kit inhibitor is showing good signs of stopping the spread of both small and non-small cell lung cancer.  The team is hopeful that the drug will also show positive signs of eliminating the spread of mesothelioma cancer, the deadly form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure.

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Oil Field Consultant's Widow Awarded $1 Million

The widow of a Texas oil field consultant who died as a result of mesothelioma has been awarded $1 million in damages by a Bazoria County jury.  The man had worked for Dowell Company between 1975 and 1985, during which time he worked with drilling fluids which contained asbestos, long known to cause mesothelioma.  The jury found that the two remaining clients on the suit, Union Carbide and Montello, Inc, were both 15% liable for the man’s contraction of mesothelioma.

According to the man’s testimony given before he died, he used asbestos-filled drilling mud several times a week for the course of four or five years.  The asbestos dust was so thick it was like a smokestack, he said, and blocked out street lights.

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