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Japanese Study Tells Story of Mesothelioma Patient’s Survival Following Multiple Surgeries

When a patient is diagnosed with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma, they are frequently guided to a multimodality course of therapy involving a combination of surgical removal of the tumors and a rinse of heated chemotherapy that is poured into the area where the tumor existed before closing the abdominal cavity. It is practically unheard of for a patient to have multiple surgeries for the rare and deadly form of cancer, but a study out of Japan indicates it might be a good approach.

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Study Points to Improving Survival of Rare Mesothelioma Subtype

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Because it is diagnosed in so few people — only about 3,000 per year in the United States — there is a significant amount to be learned about how best to treat it. Making things even ore challenging is that there are several different subtypes of the disease, and each responds differently to different treatment. Despite these challenges, researchers are working every day towards expanding existing knowledge, and recently learned that there have been significant improvements in the outcomes for those diagnosed with the rarest and most difficult subtype of the disease – biphasic mesothelioma.

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Johnson & Johnson Faces Mesothelioma Lawsuit From 64-Year-Old Hawaiian Woman

The surge in litigation against consumer giant Johnson & Johnson has moved to the middle of Pacific Ocean, where 64-year-old Hawaii resident Jacqueline Becker has accused the company of failing to warn of the presence of asbestos in their baby powder product and causing her malignant mesothelioma. There have been thousands of mesothelioma and ovarian cancer lawsuits filed against the company in recent months, but Ms .Becker’s claim is one of the first that will have the legal advantage of being able to point to asbestos being found by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a 2018 bottle of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder purchased online in 2018.

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Study Shows that Mesothelioma Responds to Immunotherapy Vaccine

When we think of vaccines, we generally associate them with the prevention of a disease rather than with curing them or minimizing the disease’s impact. But a group of mesothelioma researchers from the National Cancer Institute recently tested a vaccine known as CRS-207 which may help mesothelioma patients to survive longer.

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Neighbors Protest Opening of Philadelphia-Area Quarry With Known Asbestos Contamination

Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation for the number of malignant mesothelioma diagnoses, and fourth for asbestosis deaths, so it should come as no surprise that residents are particularly sensitive to any kind of asbestos exposure. While Philadelphia has been in the national news over asbestos in its school buildings, one of the city’s suburbs is facing its own asbestos controversy, as a once-shuttered rock quarry’s owners want to restart operations despite knowing that the area contains naturally occurring asbestos. 

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Teacher Diagnosed With Mesothelioma Receives $850,000 Settlement

Lea DiRusso is a Philadelphia schoolteacher who made national headlines when she revealed that she had been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma after teaching in asbestos-contaminated school buildings for three decades. Now the Philadelphia School District has announced that it has agreed to a settlement with the 51-year-old special education teacher, offering her $850,000 to help defray the costs of medical expenses and compensate for the damages that she has suffered.

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Montana Supreme Court Confirms Ability to Hold BNSF Railway Responsible for Mesothelioma

The story of Libby, Montana, its residents’ exposure to asbestos and subsequent diagnoses with mesothelioma, is well known. What may not be as well understood, however, is the fact that lawsuits pertaining to that asbestos exposure continue to be filed, and one of the companies that has worked hard to avoid being held responsible is BNSF Railway Company. Victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases have long blamed the company for spreading the carcinogenic material throughout the area, and the company has defended itself by arguing that it is protected from personal injury lawsuits by federal law. This week Montana’s state Supreme Court considered the question and ruled against the railway company, concurring with a January 2019 decision of Montana Asbestos Claims Court Judge Amy Eddy.

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Long-Awaited FDA Test Results Reveal Asbestos in 20% of Talc-Based Cosmetic Products

Concerns that asbestos in talc-based cosmetic products is exposing people to the risk of malignant mesothelioma have been behind multiple scientific inquiries, including testing of these products commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This week the agency revealed that the results of that testing have been completed and showed that the carcinogenic material was present in approximately 20 percent of the products that were analyzed.

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Colorado Mesothelioma Victim Files Suit Against Multiple Asbestos Companies

The U.S. District Court in Omaha will see a legal battle between a former resident and several companies whose asbestos-contaminated products he blames for his malignant mesothelioma. Starr Snyder is currently a resident of Loveland, Colorado, but he spent much of his life living and working in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska as a firefighter and boiler operator. He says that asbestos exposure he suffered during those years is responsible for his terminal illness. 

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Australian Man’s Testicular Mesothelioma Called the “Tip of the Iceberg” for Company’s Liability

When Mathew Werfel of Australia was diagnosed with testicular mesothelioma — an extremely rare form of the already rare form of cancer — he quickly realized that his illness was a result of the asbestos that he’d worked with years earlier. He quickly filed a lawsuit against James Hardie, the manufacturer of building materials blamed for the vast majority of asbestos exposure in Australia. Though the company argued against their liability, a jury dismissed their arguments and awarded him $3 million in damages. It is expected that there will be many more such lawsuits filed against the company in the future as more people are diagnosed from what is known as “third wave” exposure, and accounting firm KPMG estimates that over time the company will likely be required to pay out over $1.8 billion in damages to victims.

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