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Mesothelioma Centers Across The Country Using Tumor Treating Fields

It’s only been a few months since American physicians got approval to use Tumor Treating Fields for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but since that time the NovoTTF-100L System has been put into use at several hospitals around the country. The very first patient to receive the approved treatment in the United States was treated at the West Cancer Clinic in Germantown, Tennessee, but since that time it has been introduced in six other facilities across the country, offering hope for extended survival and improved quality of life to patients whose malignant pleural mesothelioma has been deemed unresectable.

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New Orleans Businessman Accused of Crimes Putting Countless Children and School Employees at Risk for Mesothelioma

A New Orleans businessman charged with defrauding a Louisiana school district has apparently put countless students and school employees at risk for malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Marc A. Victoriano is the subject of a federal indictment that accuses him of defrauding the Terrebonne Parish School Board of more than $212,000 by charging them for asbestos monitoring that was never actually performed.

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Mesothelioma Concerns Drive Consideration of Disaster Declaration

Imagine that your children attended a school district where so many school buildings were contaminated with asbestos that at least one teacher has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. Imagine that seemingly every week, another school has to be shuttered because more toxic asbestos exposure is discovered. You’d think it was a disaster, wouldn’t you?

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Study Confirms Autoantibodies as Prognostic, Diagnostic Key in Mesothelioma

When it comes to the study of malignant mesothelioma, there are few places in the United States with a greater interest than Libby, Montana. Libby was the source and “ground zero” for the asbestos responsible for mesothelioma in locations throughout the country, and those who lived and worked in the area have suffered terribly as a result. The town’s population has been decimated by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases as a result of the mining operation that ran there between 1920 and 1990. The Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD), located in Libby, pursues information about asbestos-related diseases on a full time basis, and recently collaborated on a manuscript with researchers from Montana State University regarding the role of autoantibodies in the prognosis and diagnosis of mesothelioma patients. Their findings may inform the speed with which patients’ illnesses are confirmed, as well as decisions about treatment options.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania Employees File Asbestos Lawsuit

Fearing that years of asbestos exposure has put them at risk for malignant mesothelioma, teachers, maintenance workers and even a school principal have filed a federal lawsuit against the Scranton School District. According to their attorney, the group of current and former employees wants a compensation fund established for damages suffered, wants class status for at-risk individuals, and  wants the district to provide a specialized medical monitoring program.

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New Testing Method Proves Beneficial for Mesothelioma Patients

If you’ve been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, you have a long and uncomfortable road ahead of you. The rare, asbestos-related form of cancer is always considered fatal, and once a diagnosis is made patients are set on a path of constant doctors’ appointments, diagnostic tests and interventions. In the earliest days after learning of their condition, most patient testing is designed to get a better handle on how advanced the patient’s illness is in order to determine how aggressive the treatment approach should be. Often the testing itself can be disruptive and painful. Now a new method provides the ability to assess how far the cancer has spread without having to put the patient through an invasive surgical procedure.

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FDA Examination of Asbestos in Talc Products Draws Ire of Industry

Though it has long been known that exposure to asbestos causes malignant mesothelioma, the realization that cosmetic talc could be contaminated with the carcinogenic material has only recently come to light.  Though industry giants like Johnson & Johnson had internal discussions about the potential dangers of asbestos in its products, they never made the public aware of their concerns, and that may have led to untold numbers of people sickened by malignant mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases. In light of this the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has elected to take a closer look at how these products are being tested. Companies that sell talc powders and cosmetics are not happy about being subjected to greater scrutiny.

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North Carolina Park Closed Following Asbestos Discovery

It has been decades since the public learned that the mineral asbestos is a deadly carcinogen responsible for the rare and fatal form of cancer known as mesothelioma. Since that time, there have been efforts to remove the once ubiquitous material from structures where its microscopic fibers could do harm, but despite these countless remediations, asbestos has proven to be a real challenge to eliminate, as seen recently in the town of Davidson, North Carolina. Soil testing of a town park under renovation revealed significant amounts of asbestos in several location, despite previous remediation efforts. Now officials have had to restrict access to several areas within the popular recreational area.

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As Mesothelioma Fears Rise, Philadelphia School District Allocates $14 Million for Asbestos Cleanup

Following the mesothelioma diagnosis of a beloved tenured teacher and new discoveries of asbestos on a nearly weekly basis, the Philadelphia School District’s school board has voted to dedicate a minimum of $14 million to environmental cleanup, including extensive asbestos remediation. The sum included a $20,000 contract for Drexel University asbestos exposure expert Arthur Frank to assess the extent of the problem and create a plan.

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Dutch Innovation May Boost Impact of Mesothelioma Treatments

Researchers from the Dutch Company Amphera are reporting positive responses in malignant mesothelioma patients from an innovative treatment called dendritic cell therapy, and as a result they have been granted orphan drug status by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Europe’s European Medicines Agency. When a drug or therapy is granted orphan drug status, it provides the company behind it several allowances and advantages to encourage continued research. The status is reserved for companies researching rare diseases.

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