In the face of a mesothelioma diagnosis, it is normal to feel scared, to grieve, and to feel angry. But according to a new study published in the journal Cancer, for many cancer patients the level of stress that is experienced in the days following diagnosis can expand into something entirely different, and reach the level of the syndrome known as post traumatic stress disorder.
Employees from four different City departments of the City of Austin, Texas are facing an uncertain future after having been exposed to asbestos, a deadly carcinogen that causes lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. The situation came to light following an investigation conducted by a local television station, which discovered that the four departments ignored warnings and bypassed protocols for how the dangerous material was to be handled. As a result, over 200 employees now have to live under a cloud of uncertainty, watching for signs that the carcinogenic material has made them sick.
Asbestos is a carcinogenic material that is the single known cause of malignant mesothelioma. It is also responsible for asbestosis, asbestos-related lung cancer, and many other devastating illnesses, and as a result laws have been established to ensure that citizens are protected from being exposed to it. But in order for laws to be effective, they have to be followed and upheld, and that did not happen in Marion, South Carolina. A grand jury recently handed down indictments against the town’s City Administrator and its Fire Chief, charging them with knowingly exposing first responders, volunteers and community members to the cancer-causing material that was contaminating the town’s fire department building.
A Pennsylvania woman who filed a mesothelioma lawsuit against Colgate-Palmolive after having used their Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder for 20 years was recently settled for an undisclosed amount. Carol Schoeniger accused the company of negligence for having failed to warn of the presence of the deadly carcinogen in their product, ad being responsible for her having been afflicted with the fatal illness.
A Rhode Island man diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma will have his day in court against brake manufacturer Pneumo Abex thanks to the Superior Court of Delaware, which struck down the company’s motion for summary judgment. The case revolved around Raymond Leathers, a long-time automotive mechanic who connected his work history between 1963 through the late 1960s, installing Abex brakes, to his illness.
There is tremendous time, expense, and frustration involved when a mesothelioma drug makes its way through the journey to approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Drugs have to go through extensive laboratory testing before they can be tested on human subjects, and there is often little relationship between the outcomes in a clinical trial and what may happen to an actual patient. But now a group of researchers from the United Kingdom believes that they have discovered a better way, using what they are referring to as “explants” from real patients. Using their methodology, when patients undergo surgery, a small sample of their mesothelioma tumor is removed to determine exactly which medication will have the greatest impact on their particular cancer cells. The approach is more personal and provides an immediate answer to which protocol will be most effective for them.
Bestwall Gypsum Company has faced many mesothelioma lawsuits over the years, but it is only after a recent surge in filings that the company has filed for bankruptcy protection. According to company spokespeople, the organization is looking to establish an asbestos bankruptcy trust that will provide payments to mesothelioma victims at about the same rate that it is paying now, but without having to incur the growing legal costs that they have been paying.
It was just a few weeks ago that New England Insulation, a Rhode Island-based company, was ordered to pay over $7 million in compensation to the family of a former employee who had died of mesothelioma after being exposed to the company’s product. Now the company is facing a second multi-million dollar verdict, this time for the family of a man who lost his life to the asbestos-related disease after having worked as an asbestos insulator in his youth.
Mesothelioma patients and patients who have been diagnosed with all types of cancers are often treated using chemotherapy, a medication that kills the rapidly dividing cells that form malignant tumors. Though the treatment can be life-extending, it also has significant uncomfortable side effects, including loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and a metallic taste in the mouth. Though it is natural to avoid food when you’re feeling sick, getting plenty of nutrients are essential to your ability to recuperate and stay strong and healthy during mesothelioma treatments. The good news is that there are plenty of effective strategies for helping you get the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that you need.
For almost forty years, Willard “Bill” Krumwiede worked as a window glazier, completely unaware that the tools he was using in his profession were exposing him to the risk of the deadly form of cancer known as malignant mesothelioma. It was not until he had been retired for several years and was enjoying life with his family in Illinois that the truth became known: he was diagnosed with the illness, which claimed the 81-year-old’s life in 2012. This week a McLean County jury listened to testimony against two supply companies for their role in his death, and returned with a $5 million award to provide compensation for Mr. Krumwiede’s widow and their children.