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

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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 »

New Article Faults “Unsound Science” for Continued Rise in Mesothelioma Cases

A German occupational medicine specialist says the rules regarding eligibility for mesothelioma compensation – many of which are based on “unsound science” – are too strict and leave too many mesothelioma patients out. According to Xaver Bauer, MD, of the Institute of Occupational Medicine at Charite University Hospital in Berlin, a case in point is the “unscientific requirement” for a set number of asbestos fibers to be found in the lung tissue of mesothelioma patients to prove that asbestos caused their disease. “Although the validity of such evidence has been discredited by independent scientists, it is still used as evidence by an influential US pathology department,” writes Bauer in the German medical journal Pneumologie. Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Heat and … Continue reading New Article Faults “Unsound Science” for Continued Rise in Mesothelioma Cases »

Mesothelioma Risk Can Be Found in Unexpected Places

The case of a man who contracted mesothelioma after working in an industry not typically associated with asbestos illustrates the importance of digging deep into a patient’s history to make an accurate mesothelioma diagnosis. Asbestos has been heavily regulated in the US – and banned in 55 other countries – since it was linked to malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other illnesses in the 1960s. Unfortunately, it can still show up and wreak havoc in unexpected places. Unusual Asbestos Exposure A new report published in the International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health details the case of a 70-year-old Italian man who worked as a carpenter for six years in a small furniture company. Thirty years after leaving … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk Can Be Found in Unexpected Places »

Asbestos Building Products Expected to Cause Thousands of Korean Mesothelioma Deaths

Asbestos containing products are expected to claim the lives of as many as 3,400 people from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases in Korea by 2036. The predicted mesothelioma deaths are being blamed on building components or “slates” made of cement and chrysotile asbestos that were used to construct thousands of homes and buildings in Korea. Predicting Mesothelioma Mortality from Asbestos Containing Products Researchers in architecture and statistics at Kyungpook National University in Daegu attempted to estimate the number of expected mesothelioma deaths in the coming years by calculating the amount of asbestos used in Korea and the amount of asbestos used in making concrete slates. They predict that a maximum of 3,476 people could die of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related … Continue reading Asbestos Building Products Expected to Cause Thousands of Korean Mesothelioma Deaths »

Mesothelioma Victims’ Victory in Pennsylvania

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Workers and their families have won a victory in Pennsylvania after the state Supreme Court ruled that they could sue former employers over late-manifesting industrial diseases like mesothelioma. The decision focused on a provision in Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act that says workers cannot sue an employer if their occupational disease occurred more than 300 weeks after their on-the-job exposure. While many occupational injuries and diseases occur within weeks or months of exposure to a toxin, asbestos diseases like mesothelioma are a notable exception. Believed to be caused by chronic irritation from inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers, mesothelioma does not usually begin to cause symptoms until at least a decade after exposure. Expressing the opinion of the majority, Supreme Court Justice … Continue reading Mesothelioma Victims’ Victory in Pennsylvania »

Last Man Sentenced in Asbestos Dumping Scheme

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The U.S. Justice Department has announced that a New Jersey man will spend 15 months in prison for his part in a scheme to illegally dump thousands of tons of asbestos-contaminated construction debris – putting others at risk for mesothelioma. He was the last person to be sentenced in the conspiracy. Asbestos is the cause of mesothelioma, a difficult to treat and aggressive cancer.  At the height of its popularity from the 1940s to the early 1970s, asbestos was common in building products ranging from floor and ceiling tiles to joint compound, concrete and shingles. It is still present in tens of thousands of older homes and buildings today. In an effort to protect workers and the public from mesothelioma … Continue reading Last Man Sentenced in Asbestos Dumping Scheme »

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