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Treatment of mesothelioma

People who have been diagnosed with any asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma will likely need to undergo some combination of the various treatments available to help improve their condition. Unfortunately, these treatments can be very expensive and involved, making the need for financial compensation imperative for families of loved ones whose conditions are caused by negligent exposure to this dangerous building material.

Because mesothelioma is a very serious diagnosis, patients should look for a highly-skilled doctor when seeking treatment for the cancer. Traditionally, mesothelioma patients are treated with some combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment in an effort to remove, eradicate, or suppress the tumors in the lungs. These treatments are invasive and can take a heavy toll on patients, both physically and financially. Additionally, expensive medications are often prescribed in order to treat side effects of the condition. Even with these advanced treatments and excellent hospital care, many patients do not survive mesothelioma, and their families are left to deal with overwhelming medical, hospice, and funeral payments.

When negligent employers allow their employees to be exposed to asbestos in the air or workplace, they should be held financially accountable for all of the costs associated with the condition. To learn how our attorneys can help you pursue this type of claim, fill out the contact form and a representative will reach out to you as soon as possible.

Asbestos lawsuit filed against 138 companies

A Colorado Springs man has filed an asbestos lawsuit against 138 companies that he claims are responsible for him developing mesothelioma.

The man was diagnosed with mesothelioma in March and filed his complaint in September. Because the man never smoked, he claims that this rare lung cancer was caused from his career between the years 1954 and 1979.

During his career, he worked as an electrician and a laborer where he was exposed to asbestos and asbestos-containing products. He claims that the defendants should have warned him of the dangers associated with the toxic material.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of being exposed to asbestos and you have questions about the material or its link to rare lung cancers, contact us or visit our site today at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

New York schools evacuated

Public School 115 on West 177th Street in Washington Heights, New York, was evacuated this morning after school officials discovered water damage during the previous week had compromised the structural integrity of the ceilings. This interruption of the first day of class following Spring Break was caused by officials’ fears that the water damage indicated a potential asbestos contamination.

Matthew Mittenthal, a spokesman for the New York Education Department, said that the city was confident that there was no danger in the school, but in the interest of safety would do a full cleanup tonight before reopening the school tomorrow morning.

This school evacuation was the second of the day, as a building in Hunts Point in the Bronx that housed four public schools had been evacuated earlier after the detection of elevated levels of carbon monoxide.

If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos or want to learn more about the dangers of asbestos exposure, read our informational page or visit us at http://www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org/

Sewage plant discovers asbestos in pipes

A New York sewage plant was working on preparing a new site and discovered asbestos in cement pipes.

The pipe must be removed before anything else can be done with preparing the site. The removal of asbestos must be done by special crews who are licensed professionals and can handle the asbestos appropriately and insure the safety of the workers and the general public.

Asbestos exposure can lead to lung cancer, such as mesthelioma, a rare form of cancer that is very aggressive and can take years to see symptoms.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and would like to learn more about the health hazards associated with the material, contact us or visit us at our site www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

No records to prove safe asbestos removal from Topeka prison

No records have been found to document the safe removal of asbestos and EPA compliance during the 2005 renovation of a women’s dormitory at the state prison in Topeka.

Although proper safety documentation exists for the years 2006 and 2007, reports claim that in 2005, staff members and inmates removed asbestos-containing flooring materials from the dormitory, at times crushing the materials into powder during the removal. The workers were not trained in renovation work and were not warned of the dangers of asbestos exposure.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos or has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, contact us or visit us at our informational mesothelioma site at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

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.

If you’d like more information about the effects of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure, contact us or visit us at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

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.

If you would like to know more about the dangers of asbestos exposure, contact us or visit us at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

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.

If you would like more information about mesothelioma and its causes, you can contact us or visit us at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

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.

If you are interested in learning more about mesothelioma treatment, contact us or visit us at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

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.

If you would like to learn more about asbestos-caused diseases like mesothelioma, contact us or visit us at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

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