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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. […]

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 Mesothelioma Biomarker Shows Promise

A new biomarker (FGF18) has shown promise for patients with pleural mesothelioma according to a paper presented at the World Conference on Lung Canter. […]

Study Shows Impact of Chemotherapy on Mesothelioma

A U.S.-based study confirms what oncology experts have suggested for years — chemotherapy treatment prolongs life expectancy for malignant mesothelioma patients. Wayne State University School of Medicine researchers linked data from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database with Medicare claims data. The study took into account patient characteristics such as…

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Environmental Asbestos Raises Mesothelioma Among Women

For decades, mesothelioma has predominately affected white men older than 60 years of age. This is largely because of the rare cancer’s connection to occupational asbestos exposure and its long latency period of 20 to 50 years. But as worldwide use of asbestos continues to decline and more industrialized countries continue to ban the toxic…

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New Breath Test Could Detect Mesothelioma Earlier Than Other Diagnostic Methods

Medical researchers in Belgium have found a new way to detect mesothelioma early by analyzing the breath signatures of individuals exposed to asbestos. […]

Protein Helps Doctors Diagnose Mesothelioma More Accurately

Researchers identified another tool for diagnosing pleural mesothelioma, hoping it can accelerate the diagnostic process and help eliminate recurring mistakes. Dr. Michele Carbone of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and his team of mesothelioma specialists discovered that tumor-suppressing protein BAP1 can help oncologists accurately differentiate mesothelioma from lung cancer. People lacking the BAP1 protein…

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Protein Helps Doctors Diagnose Mesothelioma More Accurately

Researchers identified another tool for diagnosing pleural mesothelioma, hoping it can accelerate the diagnostic process and help eliminate recurring mistakes. Dr. Michele Carbone of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and his team of mesothelioma specialists discovered that tumor-suppressing protein BAP1 can help oncologists accurately differentiate mesothelioma from lung cancer. People lacking the BAP1 protein…

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Bus Manufacturer Ordered to Pay $7.7 Million to Family of Mesothelioma Victim

Mesothelioma Victim’s Family Awarded Local Record-Setting $7.7 Million in Asbestos Lawsuit […]

Bus Manufacturer Ordered to Pay $7.7 Million to Family of Mesothelioma Victim

Mesothelioma Victim’s Family Awarded Local Record-Setting $7.7 Million in Asbestos Lawsuit […]