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Mesothelioma Deaths Continue to Rise

CNN had an alarming report earlier this month indicating that the number of deaths nationally from malignant mesothelioma increased from 2,479 in 1999 to 2,597 in 2015. The data comes from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which the news outlet said is still trying to figure out why asbestos-related medical issues are on the rise despite efforts to reduce exposure. CNN reported the largest increase in the number of deaths was in those over the age of 85, but younger populations are also affected. The CDC indicates that during the time period reported, 16,914 of the deaths were among people 75 to 84 years old, while 682 people between the ages of 25 and 44 died of mesothelioma complications. “Although deaths among persons aged less than 35 years are of concern, we do not have information to understand potential causes,” said Dr. Jacek Mazurek, the author of…
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Is Surgery Beneficial for Mesothelioma Patients?

WebMD.com recently reported that mesothelioma victims, who have surgery that preserves the lung when combined with other forms of therapy, may extend their lives. The report stated that a study of 73 patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, affecting the lungs’ lining in the chest cavity, lived an average of three years longer if they were treated with lung-sparing surgery and other therapies. The website reported that patients who have the typical standard of care, chemotherapy alone, live an average of 12 to 18 months. However, those who had chemotherapy, along with lung-sparing surgeries and another treatment called photodynamic therapy, lived longer. Those who were tracked that had the surgery between 2005 and 2013 had an average survival time of 35 months.  To read the report, you can click here. Suffering from Mesothelioma Due to Asbestos Exposure? It is a good sign that researchers are attempting to find ways to extend…
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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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