Mesothelioma, Time Matters

Treatment Options The treatment program for mesothelioma depends on many factors, including: the stage of the cancer, where the cancer is, how far the cancer has spread, how the cancer cells look under the microscope and the patient’s age and desires. Time Matters People diagnosed with this disease are often told the expected survival rate is only eight to twelve months. However, specialists in treating malignant mesothelioma at the leading cancer centers often have better statistics.

Why is Surgery Not Available for Certain Mesothelioma Patients?

Asbestos Lawyers Discuss a Shocking Study A study involving more than 1,500 peritoneal mesothelioma patients was recently made public by Surviving Mesothelioma, and revealed the shocking fact that nearly 62 percent of its participants failed to receive surgical treatment when they need it. This means these patients unnecessarily lost out on years of survival. For far too many mesothelioma patients, surgical treatment options exist—but are not being made readily available. While the advantages are obvious, surgery is often simply not being offered. “You can see the missed opportunity here,” said one doctor. “Surgery is a really good option. But I think too often, it’s not being…recommended.” Pulling from almost forty years’ worth of data, surgical oncologists at the Medical College of Wisconsin examined survival statistics for peritoneal mesothelioma patients diagnosed between 1973 and 2010. According to their findings, those patients who received surgery as a treatment lived an average of…
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Could an Innovative Mesothelioma Treatment Improve Survival Rates?

Our Mesothelioma Lawyers Discuss Cutting-Edge Treatments Doctors in Toronto are trailblazing a new method to treat some types of mesothelioma, which may offer hope to those suffering from the life-threatening cancer. Because mesothelioma appears many years after the asbestos exposure occurs, individuals will likely continue to be diagnosed with the disease for many decades to come. This drives researchers to find groundbreaking ways of fighting the condition, and this new treatment may be the most effective method for treating mesothelioma available to date. Is There a New Mesothelioma Treatment? Physicians made a simple adjustment to conventional mesothelioma treatment by giving patients radiation before surgery rather than afterwards. They call the technique “Surgery for Mesothelioma After Radiation Therapy,” or SMART. This unconventional approach may have already saved the lives of many mesothelioma victims. Much of the treatment centers on acting quickly. Typically, patients have to wait several months for intervention, but…
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Our Asbestos Attorneys Discuss the Recently-Approved Mesothelioma Drug Amatuximab

On Nov. 12, 2012, Morphotek Inc., a subsidiary of Eisai Inc., announced its success in obtaining orphan drug designation for its investigational cancer drug amatuximab for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare but deadly type of cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs. Approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the United States, almost all of which can be linked to asbestos exposure. According to OncLive, the five-year survival rate for patients with malignant mesothelioma was just 7 percent during the period 2000 to 2008, as evidenced by data from the National Cancer Institute. If you or your loved has received a mesothelioma diagnosis, an experienced mesothelioma attorney can protect your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and a mesothelioma lawyer can help you fight to get it. The Orphan Drug…
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Is the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2013” Helpful or Harmful to Victims of Asbestos Exposure?

The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (FACT) of 2013 is an amendment to the bankruptcy code that requires asbestos bankruptcy trusts. The trusts were created for the benefit of asbestos exposure victims, and FACT now requires them to file quarterly reports with the bankruptcy courts to identify those who have filed claims and how much money was paid out. The Hill reports that these trusts were first created in 1994 when Congress amended the bankruptcy code to allow their setup.  According to the Government Accountability Office, by 2010, bankrupt companies and their insurers had funded these trusts with $36 billion and paid out over $17.5 billion. Why Create the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2013”? Due to the fact that the asbestos bankruptcy trusts have been privately controlled, there was no way to tell how much of the money was being paid out to legitimate claims and how much…
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Protecting Children from Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos, a group of naturally occurring minerals historically used in products such as roofing materials, cements, floor tiles, patching and spackling compounds, and furnaces and furnace doors, can lead to serious health problems. Children risk coming into contact with airborne asbestos in older homes and school buildings. To protect our children from harmful asbestos exposure, the substance should be removed from older buildings or appropriately contained to ensure no child encounters it. If a child inhales harmful asbestos particles, he or she becomes at risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. If you or a loved one developed an asbestos-related illness after being exposed to asbestos as a child, discuss your case with an experienced asbestos attorney today. EPA Regulations for Schools The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires schools to protect children from asbestos exposure, as mandated by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). According to the EPA…
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