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The costs of mesothelioma can be overwhelming. They can include income loss, expensive treatments that may not be covered by health insurance, plus pain and suffering for you and for your family. Because the disease is preventable – and because it is usually caused by someone else’s negligence – legal options may be available to help regain these costs. Asbestos lawyers focus their practice on knowledgeably and effectively bringing to justice companies that exposed employees and the public to asbestos products. A mesothelioma attorney can help you consider your options and file a claim against the company responsible for your asbestos-related illness. More than one company may be responsible. A mesothelioma attorney identifies all companies at fault. Mesothelioma lawsuits have helped thousands of people receive financial assistance. A lawsuit can result in much-needed money to help reduce financial hardships during an illness and can also provide a more stable future for your loved ones. A lawyer specializing in asbestos litigation can help you seek compensation for expenses related to illness caused by asbestos exposure.

Six-Year Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survivor Jim Dykstra Shares His Story

Jim Dykstra recalls a long and successful 26-year career working in the HVAC field for the city of Phoenix. Stationed at the Sky Harbor International Airport, Jim frequently worked with boilers and other systems that required regular maintenance and updates. Unknowingly at the time, his day-to-day tasks frequently exposed him to asbestos within the building itself, as well as the products he was working with. […]

BDNF Protein Identified as a Potential Target for Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose and treat, with many patients not receiving a diagnosis until the later stages of the disease. Emerging research continues to explore new ways to accurately diagnose and treat the asbestos-related disease as early as possible. […]

FDA Approves New Mesothelioma Treatment for the First Time in 15 Years

Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive disease that is most often diagnosed in the later stages, at stage 3 or stage 4. Late-stage diagnoses limit treatment options for the patient, typically eliminating the possibility of radical surgeries. Multimodal therapy is the most common treatment for mesothelioma cancer, consisting of a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation. The possibility of multimodal therapy or what combination is used depends on a case-by-case basis. […]

EPA’s New Rule Shows Resistance to the Need for an Asbestos Ban

Asbestos is still not banned in the United States, despite the warnings and concerns of scientists and advisors. Asbestos is known to cause a series of diseases, including malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put various rules and regulations into place to help protect the public and the environment from the dangers of asbestos, however, their recent rule calls their protections into question. […]

Mesothelioma Survivor Heather Von St. James Reflects on Mother’s Day

In true mom fashion, my mother announces, “I’m going to be your mother now…” and dispenses her advice, which is usually right on the money. This was never more true in my life than when I got pregnant with my only child. My pregnancy was easy, but things in my life at the time warranted my mom using that phrase “I’m going to be your mother now” more than once. […]

New Study Identifies Six Factors Associated with Improved Mesothelioma Survival

Improving mesothelioma survival rates has been at the forefront of research for years, as the cancer has long been recognized for its poor prognosis due to a number of factors like difficulties in early detection and aggressive cell types. A recent study from the University of Pittsburgh has discovered six factors that they believe are associated with improved survival among mesothelioma patients and can help drive future research efforts to improve patient life expectancy. Currently, most mesothelioma patients live an average of 12 – 21 months following diagnosis. The team from the University of Pittsburgh set out to understand why patient survival varies so widely to help pinpoint research areas and drive future clinical trials. […]

New Clinical Trial Will Test WT1 Immunotherapy Drug with Nivolumab for Recurrent Mesothelioma

Researchers have found that recurrent rates for mesothelioma can vary widely, with some studies finding recurrence rates after treatment ranging from 10 – 72%. Even patients diagnosed in the earlier stages and who are able to undergo aggressive multimodal treatment have been found to experience recurrence. Because of the rather high likelihood of the cancer recurring, a heavy focus of mesothelioma research is finding optimal second- and third-line treatments for patients who have previously been treated and either experience recurrence or their cancer is unresponsive. […]

Mesothelioma Diagnosis Leads to $29 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson

A California jury reached a $29 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Cyprus Mines Corporation, a talc supplier. The jury concluded that the responsible companies must pay Teresa Leavitt over $29 million after she was exposed to asbestos through the long-term use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder. Leavitt claims that the talcum powder is the reason that she has developed mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos. […]

New Ruling Favors Secondhand Asbestos Exposure Victims

The California Supreme Court ruled last week that companies remain liable for secondhand asbestos exposure if the toxic material sickens a family member. The ruling may provide a clearer path for plaintiffs outside the workplace to bring legal action against asbestos manufacturers. It will help those harmed by asbestos that was inadvertently brought home by…

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Hoboken Train Crash Stirs Asbestos Concerns

High asbestos levels and extensive debris delayed the federal investigation of the Hoboken train crash in New Jersey for more than a week, officials said. Although officials reopened the majority of the rails at the Hoboken terminal this week, efforts to completely clean the century-old terminal will take even longer. The Sept. 29 crash killed…

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Peritoneal Mesothelioma Grading System Improves Prognosis

The first two-tier grading system for peritoneal mesothelioma has produced a significant subset of patients with an incredible median overall survival of nearly 12 years. That pathology-based grading system should provide patients with a more accurate prognosis, potentially helping doctors design more personalized and effective therapies. “We can tell patients now what the future holds….

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South Korea Tightens Asbestos Regulations

South Korea is strengthening its Asbestos Safety Management Act (ASMA) beginning next month to better protect those involved in the renovation or demolition of older structures. The country has added to the recent, worldwide momentum aimed at minimizing health risks stemming from exposure to asbestos. South Korea already is one of 58 countries that have…

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South Korea Tightens Asbestos Regulations

South Korea is strengthening its Asbestos Safety Management Act (ASMA) beginning next month to better protect those involved in the renovation or demolition of older structures. The country has added to the recent, worldwide momentum aimed at minimizing health risks stemming from exposure to asbestos. South Korea already is one of 58 countries that have…

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South Korea Tightens Asbestos Regulations

South Korea is strengthening its Asbestos Safety Management Act (ASMA) beginning next month to better protect those involved in the renovation or demolition of older structures. The country has added to the recent, worldwide momentum aimed at minimizing health risks stemming from exposure to asbestos. South Korea already is one of 58 countries that have…

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ONCOS-102 Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Promises Hope

Scandinavian-based Targovax launched the latest immunotherapy clinical trial for pleural mesothelioma, hoping it delivers a better way to treat patients with asbestos-related diseases. The randomized phase Ib/II trial evaluates the performance of ONCOS-102, an engineered human adenovirus designed to induce systemic, anti-tumor responses. Researchers are administering the immunotherapy drug as first-line therapy in combination with…

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