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Researchers may have discovered why mesothelioma often recurs

A group of researchers recently suggested that mesothelioma recurs likely due to the mutation of several cells, Fox News  reported on December 4.

According to the University of Hawaii Cancer Center researchers, mesothelioma is the outcome of “polyclonal tumors,” whereas most other cancers are caused by mutations in just one cell. The study likely explains the reason why patients who have undergone treatment at an early stage often experience recurrence. Lead research author Michele Carbone suggested that their research may help the further development of genomic medications in treating this kind of cancer.

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Four more asbestos lawsuits filed in court this week

This week, there have been four more asbestos lawsuits filed this week in the St. Clair County Court.

This brings the total to six lawsuits filed in the court system this year.  One complaint that was filed, alleges that 36 defendants are to blame for her family member’s death.

Her family member developed lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos containing materials throughout his career. The man worked as a tile setter, brick layer, home and auto repairman and home remodeler between the years of 1946 and 1980.

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Fort Wayne city building receives grant to remove asbestos

The Fort Wayne City-County Building has received $500,000 in order to remove the harmful material, asbestos, from the building.

The County Council in Allen granted the money from an income tax fund and they will wait until March 10 to decide if they will be granting another $500,000 from the county’s fund.

The asbestos must be removed before a $4 million renovation project will be done in the area. The renovation includes making space for a county police department. Many elected officials feel that the asbestos removal should have been considered before approving the renovation plan.

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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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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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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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New Bill Could Increase Mesothelioma Research

Senate majority leader Harry Reid is trying to bring cancer research funds to his home state of Nevada through the introduction of a new bill.  The bill, a so-called “rifle shot” bill because of the specificity of its scope, would increase research funds for four different cancer research centers across the country, including a new institute in Nevada.

The government money given to these four centers will help reimburse them for the high costs of cancer treatment, making them better able to focus on patients’ regimes.  The institutes receiving the money include University Hospital in Cleveland, the Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.  The funds will help provide cancer research, including mesothelioma.

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