Advocacy Groups Call for Asbestos Ban on Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Today marks the annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day in the US and mesothelioma patient advocacy groups are once again using the day to call for a total ban on asbestos, the primary cause of of this rare and deadly cancer. Asbestos is a carcinogenic mineral that was once commonly used in a variety of building, insulation, and household products. Since it was definitively linked to both pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma in the early part of the 20th century, fifty-five countries have banned it. Even though asbestos is blamed for the mesothelioma deaths of an estimated 2,500 Americans every year (and as many as 40,000 deaths from other asbestos-related illnesses), the US has failed to institute a ban — a fact that … Continue reading Advocacy Groups Call for Asbestos Ban on Mesothelioma Awareness Day »

New Mesothelioma Case Renews Talcum Powder Fears

Jurors in a California courtroom are being asked to consider this week whether Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products are responsible for another case of malignant pleural mesothelioma. This is the sixth such mesothelioma trial involving Johnson & Johnson, which is already named in thousands of lawsuits brought by women with ovarian cancer. In the latest case, 59-year-old Carolyn Weirick, who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in 2017, claims her disease was caused by a lifetime of accidental inhalation of asbestos fibers when using Johnson’s Baby Powder or Johnson’s Shower to Shower Powder. Although Johnson & Johnson has maintained that their talc products are pure and safe, Weirick’s lawyer Jay Stuemke told jurors, “Talc is not as pure as people … Continue reading New Mesothelioma Case Renews Talcum Powder Fears »

Experimental Mesothelioma Drugs and the New Right-to-Try Law

Legislation signed this week by President Trump could pave the way for mesothelioma patients to access promising experimental treatments—even years before they are approved by the FDA. But not everyone thinks it is a good idea. The “Right to Try” legislation gives patients with terminal illnesses like malignant mesothelioma the right to receive new treatments they would not normally be able to get because they haven’t gone through the FDA’s three-phase testing requirement. Controversy Over New Legislation Although the legislation could make it easier for some patients to access potentially life-saving mesothelioma treatments, it is also not without controversy. Some argue it could even be dangerous. Typically, the FDA requires that all proposed mesothelioma therapies go through three-phases of studies … Continue reading Experimental Mesothelioma Drugs and the New Right-to-Try Law »

Mesothelioma Talcum Powder Case Raises Safety Concerns

The final numbers are in and the New Jersey mesothelioma patient who was awarded $30 million dollars last week will get another $80 million in punitive damages from Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier. Banker Stephen Lanzo and his wife filed suit against the two companies claiming that Mr. Lanzo’s use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products caused his pleural mesothelioma, a fast-growing cancer on the membrane around the lungs. The case represents the first time that a man has won a lawsuit alleging a connection between talcum powder and malignant mesothelioma, and raises serious safety concerns for consumers. Johnson & Johnson and other talcum powder producers have already been brought to court by women who claim their … Continue reading Mesothelioma Talcum Powder Case Raises Safety Concerns »

Mesothelioma Patient Awarded $37 Million in Talcum Powder Case

Legal claim for peritoneal mesothelioma

A New Jersey mesothelioma patient and his wife have been awarded $37 million dollars in compensation after a jury agreed that asbestos-laced talcum powder was to blame for the man’s illness. Stephen Lanzo claimed that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products like Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, which he had been using all his life, entered his lungs and caused him to develop pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive membrane cancer with no-known cure. Johnson & Johnson and other talcum powder companies are still fighting claims that their products could cause ovarian cancer. But the mesothelioma community has been especially interested in the Lanzo’s case because it is the first time the company has lost a case alleging its talc products … Continue reading Mesothelioma Patient Awarded $37 Million in Talcum Powder Case »

Six Resolutions Mesothelioma Patients Should Make in 2018

The New Year is often a time to set new goals and make plans. While it is important for mesothelioma patients and their families to fully embrace the present, there are also some goals worth setting, even if the prognosis seems grim. The following six New Year’s resolutions can help ensure the best possible quality of life and treatment outcomes for people battling malignant mesothelioma in 2018. Resolution #1: Seek out a cancer center with experience in the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an extremely rare cancer, affecting just 2,500 people in the entire US each year. As a result, many physicians have never even seen a single case and may be unfamiliar with evolving best practices in the … Continue reading Six Resolutions Mesothelioma Patients Should Make in 2018 »

Mesothelioma Report Shows All Types of Asbestos Can Be Lethal

Close Up View of Asbestos

A new report from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston confirms what many scientists have long believed – that no type of asbestos is “safe” and that all can lead to malignant mesothelioma. In a study of 62 malignant peritoneal mesothelioma patients published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, the researchers found that more than a quarter of the cases of diffuse peritoneal mesothelioma were linked to chrysotile asbestos alone. The news appears to contradict the argument, made some some companies that mined or used asbestos, that chrysotile asbestos is less deadly than other varieties. Asbestos Varieties and Mesothelioma Asbestos mineral fibers come in several different varieties. The most common is the serpentine-shaped chrysotile  or “white” asbestos found … Continue reading Mesothelioma Report Shows All Types of Asbestos Can Be Lethal »

Changes in Medical Marijuana Laws Could Impact Mesothelioma Patients

California mesothelioma patients who rely on medical marijuana to help manage their symptoms or support their treatment may find the product even safer if the governor signs a proposed new law. The law would set new standards for how medical cannabis products are manufactured in the state, requiring that medical marijuana be processed without solvents or with nonflammable, nontoxic solvents. Mesothelioma Patients May Be Affected The bill, which is supported by California’s cannabis industry, would impact people like Californian and pleural mesothelioma patient Andy Ashcraft and his wife Ruth. The Ashcraft’s added cannabis oil to Andy’s daily healthy-living protocol after conventional treatments failed to shrink his mesothelioma tumor. Like many mesothelioma patients, Ashcraft was exposed to asbestos in his workplace, … Continue reading Changes in Medical Marijuana Laws Could Impact Mesothelioma Patients »

Cannabis for Mesothelioma May Soon Be Legal in Ohio

Ohio mesothelioma patients could have access to medical marijuana to help manage their condition as early as this fall. Ohio legislators this week approved a medical marijuana bill, which now goes to Governor John Kasich to be signed. Cancer, including malignant mesothelioma, is one of 21 conditions covered in the bill. Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Bill Despite the fact that derivatives of the marijuana plant, most notably cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrcannabinol (THC), have been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times, lawmakers around the country have been slow to legalize their use in the treatment of medical conditions like mesothelioma. Legislators passed the bill this week in a close 18 to 15 vote, setting Ohio up to become the 25th state … Continue reading Cannabis for Mesothelioma May Soon Be Legal in Ohio »

Mesothelioma Survivor on Cannabis Oil Following in Footsteps of Ancient Herbalists

Malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive malignancy caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure, is one of the rarest and most deadly cancers. Although scientists around the globe continue to develop and test new methods for diagnosing and combatting it, there is still no cure. When Californian Andy Ashcraft was diagnosed with late stage pleural mesothelioma in 2010, he was told he might have as little as three months to live. At best, his doctors gave him a year. But Andy and his wife Ruth refused to accept those odds and went to work to find alternative therapeutic approaches for mesothelioma, including the controversial cannabis oil. Their experience is the focus of this special series. Before Californian Andy Ashcraft was diagnosed with malignant … Continue reading Mesothelioma Survivor on Cannabis Oil Following in Footsteps of Ancient Herbalists »

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