Mesothelioma Blog

Is Mesothelioma Rare? Aggressive Cancers Overtaking Death Rate Statistics

Posted on July 28, 2014 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP.

How rare is mesothelioma? The disease is aggressive and is estimated to be diagnosed in about 3,000 Americans each year, although new studies suggest that death rates may be on the rise. According to a study by the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN), rare cancers including mesothelioma, are now responsible for more than half the death rates in the United Kingdom. The study showed that the most common forms of cancer, breast, colorectal, lung and prostate, are identified as “the big four”, while other forms of cancers are designated as rare, and now make up more than 50 percent of cancer fatalities. The rare cancers include melanoma, pancreas, liver, thyroid and gallbladder. The NCIN study used data from 2011, finding that the rate that people are dying from these rare cancers is estimated to be at 54 percent. Sadly, as the study noted, the survival rate for mesothelioma is estimated…
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Does Photodynamic Therapy Work on Mesothelioma Patients?

Posted on July 21, 2014 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP.

Have you been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a fear that your treatment options may be limited? Unfortunately, while there is no cure for mesothelioma, several treatment options can help people in an attempt to prolong their lives. The different treatment options available depend upon the scope of the disease, or the cell type of the tumor, tumor stage and how much the tumor has progressed prior to detection. Common forms of mesothelioma treatment include: Surgery Chemotherapy Radiation therapy Additionally, there are alternative forms of therapy treatment available to victims of mesothelioma. Some of experimental treatments include gene therapy, immunotherapy and highly integrated adaptive radiotherapy (HI-ART). According to survivingmesothelioma.com, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are also studying the effects of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. The university recently received a grant for $8 million from the National Cancer Institute to look into the treatment option….
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I Developed Cancer after Being Exposed to Asbestos at Work. Can I File a Lawsuit?

Posted on July 14, 2014 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP.

Has your employer exposed you directly to asbestos? Have your family members suffered from secondhand asbestos exposure? You should take action, as this could have a profound effect on your health and the health of your loved ones. If you have been exposed to asbestos, you should file a complaint with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and make sure your health was not compromised, as exposure can result in mesothelioma and other forms of cancer, including stomach cancer, throat cancer or kidney cancer. In our blogs, we like to discuss asbestos cases making the news nationally, where employees or people in the public are exposed to materials in a careless fashion. Many people who have worked on construction or maintenance projects have been exposed to asbestos due to the number of older buildings that contain the material. This was especially true in the case of several inmates who were allowed…
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