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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. […]

Hartford Signs $1.5 Billion Deal to Cover Asbestos Liability Exposures

Hartford Connecticut Financial Company signed a $1.5 billion reinsurance agreement to cover its asbestos and environmental liability exposures. […]

Top 10 Mesothelioma News Stories of 2016

Mesothelioma researchers, advocates and physicians unite across the nation every day to change the future of mesothelioma treatment. Because of their selfless efforts, mesothelioma survivors are living longer, fuller lives with their loved ones at their side. As an advocacy organization, we continually share the latest news about medical breakthroughs and other advancements impacting the…

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Mesothelioma Trial for Nintedanib Shows Positive Results

Researchers have reported more promising results from an international, multicenter phase II clinical trial of the drug nintedanib, moving it another step closer to standard-of-care treatment for pleural mesothelioma. Nintedanib is a small-molecule enzyme inhibitor being studied as a way to increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy on mesothelioma and certain types of lung cancer. Researchers…

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Cryoablation Successfully Treats Recurrent Mesothelioma

Radiologists at the UCLA Medical Center are successfully killing tumor cells with extreme cold, also known as cryoablation, in patients with recurrent pleural mesothelioma. An outpatient procedure with few complications, cryoablation freezes the localized tumors with argon gas or liquid nitrogen, allowing patients to fight the almost-inevitable cancer recurrence after surgery. Dr. Fereidoun Abtin, a…

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Study Uncovers Strange Growth of Mesothelioma Tumors

A new analysis on how asbestos-related tumors grow may lead to more effective research and treatments of malignant mesothelioma. Researchers at Australia’s Flinders University found malignant mesothelioma tumors demonstrate vasculogenic (vascular) mimicry — the process in which tumors make their own blood vessels. Tumors promote their own growth by growing blood vessels that reach into…

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Study Uncovers Strange Growth of Mesothelioma Tumors

A new analysis on how asbestos-related tumors grow may lead to more effective research and treatments of malignant mesothelioma. Researchers at Australia’s Flinders University found malignant mesothelioma tumors demonstrate vasculogenic (vascular) mimicry — the process in which tumors make their own blood vessels. Tumors promote their own growth by growing blood vessels that reach into…

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Early Palliative Care Improves Mesothelioma Prognosis

Mesothelioma cancer patients can live longer and better lives if they begin palliative care sooner, according to a multidisciplinary panel of experts convened by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The panel recommended that palliative care options should be explored almost immediately after diagnosis of mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer with no definitive…

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Definitive Radiation Therapy Extends Mesothelioma Survival

Patients with pleural mesothelioma are missing a chance to increase survival time because they are underutilizing definitive radiation, according to a recent study by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. A team of doctors found that overall survival at the two- and five-year marks almost doubled for the small…

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Researchers Treat Mesothelioma with Precision Medicine

Targeted therapy aimed at specific genetic mutations can lead to significant improvement in progression-free survival for many cancer patients, including those with mesothelioma, a recent study shows. The research team at Intermountain Precision Genomics in St. George, Utah, found that matching tumor-related genetic mutations to drugs specific to the corresponding abnormality slows or stops many…

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