Mesothelioma Symptoms

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  • warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/html/sites/all/modules/views/modules/node/views_handler_argument_dates_various.inc on line 71.
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Recent Mesothelioma News

April 15,2014

Little is known about how asbestos causes the rare and deadly cancer mesothelioma. All scientists know for certain so far is that there is a definitive link. Because normal, healthy cells are somehow changed into malignant cells by the introduction of asbestos fibers into the body, DNA is involved. The DNA of the healthy cells is changed to create cancer cells. The study of genetics is therefore important to help find new ways to detect, prevent, and effectively treat mesothelioma.

DNA is the genetic material in everything alive that acts as a blueprint for physiological details. Much progress has been made in scientific and medical research toward understanding DNA and how it works. DNA is made up of genes, for example, and scientists have discovered that genes are linked to what color a person's hair and eyes are as well as how tall or short that person is. Scientists have also discovered that certain genes, called “oncogenes” dictate which cells in a body divide and grow and when these changes should occur. Similarly, genes that slow cell division are called “tumor suppression genes.” With this knowledge, research has shown that cancer is caused when there are changes in DNA that "turn on" oncogenes or "turn off" tumor suppression genes.

From this basis, researchers have been able to study the DNA changes that happen with mesothelioma. Continued research in this field could lead to early detection of mesothelioma as well as better treatments. The American Cancer Society has information about this particular field of research and any progress being made in it.

In the next and final installment of this series, the third key area of mesothelioma research will be explored — mesothelioma treatment.

Reference:

American Cancer Society

April 3,2014

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer with no known cure. Science has progressed far enough to treat mesothelioma and sometimes slow its progress, but not far enough to prevent or cure the cancer. Current research for the early detection, prevention, and treatment of mesothelioma typically focuses on three key areas, which this blog series will explore briefly. Two key areas of ongoing mesothelioma research are causes and prevention.

According to the American Cancer Society, these areas of mesothelioma research are focused on the mechanisms by which the carcinogenic fiber, asbestos, causes normal cells to change into malignant cells. Knowing and understanding these mechanisms might allow scientists to discover a way to prevent mesothelioma.

What scientists know is that the microscopic fibers can pass through the lining of the lungs and become embedded in the abdominal cavity or in the linings of other organs. There, irritation over time can cause many different health problems, including asbestosis, cancers, and mesothelioma.  Although much progress has been made, more scientific research is needed to determine the carcinogen’s exact methods in causing these illnesses. 

In the next installment of this series, the second key area of mesothelioma research, genetics, will be explored.

Reference:

American Cancer Society

March 25,2014

Over several years, doctors and cancer specialist have attempted to treat and cure some of the most deadly cancer tumors including ovarian tumors and mesothelioma. Cancer immunotherapy strategies are a new cost- effective weapon against these tumors. This treatment is designed to induce the immune system to attack cancer cells.

In an animal test, there was a prolonged survival rate in animals with cancer tumors due to a protein engineered to combine a molecule targeting a tumor cell surface antigen with another protein that stimulates several immune functions.  Mark Poznansky, MD, PhD, Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center reported “Some approaches to creating cancer vaccines begin by extracting a patient’s own immune cells, priming them with tumor antigens and returning them to the patient. A process like that is complex and expensive.” Dr. Poznansky’s approach is very practical, broadly applicable, and low cost. It could potentially be used by oncologists everywhere and not just in facilities able to harvest and handle patient cells.

In some of the MGH team’s experiments, the team confirmed that the mesothelin targeting protein fusion binds to other mesothelin on mesothelioma cells. It enhances the cell’s processing of different tumor antigens and induces T- cell based immune responses. In studies using mice, the mesothelioma tumor growth was significantly slowed and survival rate was extended.

Patients undergoing advance stages of cancer do not have enough functioning immune cells to make a vaccine, but the MGH team’s protein can be made a numerous amount of times using the reaming immune cells patients have. Overall, deadly cancers such as mesothelioma and ovarian cancer have very poor survival rates. This new form of treatment is proven to be nontoxic and less harmful than treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. This vaccine has the potential to safely extend survival rates and reduce the effects of the tumors. More research is continuing to be done in order to improve the immunotherapy targeting approach. In the future, this vaccine may be the new way to stop the spread of cancer tumors and potentially reduce chances of reoccurrence.

Resources:

Pazopanib in Treating Patients With Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

March 25,2014

U.S. House of Representatives passed the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act in November of 2013. Hearings are said to begin in 2014 for the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to further discuss the bill.

This act was established to cease fraudulent asbestos-related injury claims though a clear bias is present in who the act benefits. The act works to protect asbestos companies from lawsuits claiming their products resulted in mesothelioma. Large corporations emphasize the necessity of this act on the basis that there is a fraudulent claim epidemic that needs immediate attention in order to protect them.

Working to increase transparency in asbestos mesothelioma claims, the FACT Act requires the trust funds, set up to handle damage claims, to disclose personal and private information such as victims’ addresses, occupation, medical records and financial information on public websites. Opponents of the act claim that this is an intimidation tactic implemented to keep victims from filing claims out of fear of exposure and theft.

The backbone of the act is three different organizations that work in sync to benefit each other. Koch Industries, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) work in close ties to support the FACT Act.

ALEC was developed as an organization that allows state legislators and private sector leaders an opportunity to share and discuss state-level public policy issues. In addition to the more than 2,000 state legislators as members from all across the nation, the ALEC has around 300 corporate members that, combined, contribute millions of dollars to the corporation. The primary goal of the organization is to develop bills that benefit the corporate and private donors which are then brought to state legislatures by their representative.

Koch Industries is a privately owned powerhouse whose principal owners, Dave and Charles Koch, invest a great deal financially into the ALEC. Koch Industries has also been a member of the corporate board for nearly two decades. The organization is a top donor that sponsors much of what the ALEC does and therefore has a great say in the bills that are developed.

The registered lobbying party includes over twenty organizations though surprisingly at the top of the list, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Senior Vice President of Koch Industries, Mark V. Holden, also sits on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s legal counsel, the Institute for Legal Reform.

The Chamber of Commerce and the ALEC are working hard to protect corporations from liability by making filing for damages and injuries more difficult. Though both organizations, under current law, are not required to disclose information about funding and donors, it is clear that their main target is exposing victims and obscuring justice.  

References:
One-Sided Bill on Asbestos Injuries

March 24,2014

This final installment of our three-part blog series will explore asbestos-related regulations established through other government agencies separate from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government agency that establishes standards for safety in the workplace. Its goal is to protect U.S. workers from being harmed in their working environments. OSHA has several regulations regarding working with asbestos occupationally, including:

  • 29 CFR 1910.1001: Asbestos General Standard — This is a set of specifications for permissible asbestos exposure limits, engineering controls, worker training, labeling, respiratory protection, and disposal of asbestos waste in the workplace.
  • 29 CFR 1926.1101: Asbestos Construction Standard — This regulation concerns construction work involving asbestos, including rules about building demolitions and renovations, abatement training for workers, rules about disposal of asbestos waste, and exposure limits.

Another government agency that enforces regulations around asbestos is the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This agency is tasked with ensuring that the public is protected against faulty or hazardous consumer products that can cause injury. Its regulations pertaining to asbestos include:

  • 16 CFR Part 1305: Emberizing Materials — This bans ash and ember materials that contain asbestos.
  • 16 CFR Part 1304: Patching Compounds — This bans consumer patching compounds such as mixtures of talc, pigments, clays, etc. that contain asbestos.
  • 16 CFR § 1500.17(a) (7): Asbestos-Containing Garments for General Use — This bans any protective clothing that contains asbestos from being used without special permission and inspection.

A final government agency that has regulated asbestos is the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), which protects workers in mines from asbestos exposure.

This concludes this three-part blog series on asbestos legislation in the U.S.

Reference:

The United States Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/lawsregs.html

November 19,2013

Asbestos has never been completely banned in the U.S. as it has been in other countries. Rather, a web of laws and regulations govern and restrict the uses and handling of asbestos. This second installment of a three-part blog series will explore asbestos-related regulation established through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The EPA Asbestos Worker Protection Rule was created in 2000.  It is enforceable through the authority of Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This regulation supplements the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) asbestos regulations by extending worker protection rules to state and local government employees involved in asbestos work.

Initially proposed in 1998 and amended through subsequent years was the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Rule. This regulation is enforceable under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) law and extended its definition of "local education agencies" to include public school districts, non-profit private schools, charter schools, and schools affiliated with religious institutions.

The Asbestos National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) was last amended in 1990. It set forth strict rules for any building demolitions and renovations except in residential buildings with fewer than four units. The regulation requires building owners to report potential asbestos hazards in any building to be torn down or renovated that would release visible dust into the surrounding air. It further requires those building owners to ensure proper asbestos abatement procedures are done by trained professionals prior to any work taking place.

On July 12, 1989, the EPA issued a regulation called the Asbestos Ban and Phaseout Rule that banned most asbestos-containing products. In 1991, however, it was overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and today only a few asbestos-containing products are banned in the U.S.

In the next part of this three-part blog series, asbestos-related regulations established through other government agencies will be reviewed.

 

Reference: The United States Environmental Protection Agency

 [http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/lawsregs.html]

November 11,2013

Asbestos legislation in the U.S. has a long and complex history involving several different government agencies. This three-part blog series will explore the asbestos-related laws established through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asbestos-related regulation established through the EPA, and asbestos-related regulations established through other government agencies.

In 1979, the first law was signed explicitly authorizing the EPA to act regarding asbestos. Called The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), it is also known as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title II. The law required the EPA to make regulations that require inspection of all school buildings for asbestos by "local education agencies" or educational institutions. If asbestos-containing material were found in any school buildings, the educational institutions were required to plan for its abatement or safe removal.

The EPA also had to develop an accrediting system for screening properly trained asbestos abatement professionals. This accrediting system would be carried out by individual state governments. The TSCA defines asbestos as "the asbestiform varieties of: chrysotile (serpentine); crocidolite (riebeckite); amosite (cummingtonite/grunerite); anthophyllite; tremolite; and actinolite."

The EPA’s second asbestos-related law was the Asbestos Information Act of 1988, or Public Law 100-577. This law was established to help the government keep track of who was making asbestos-containing products in the U.S. and the uses of those products. The law required manufacturers of asbestos-contacting materials to report their production to the EPA.

Then in 1990 came the Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Reauthorization Act (ASHARA).  It was set up to provide funding for asbestos abatement loan and grant programs for schools. ASHARA also required the EPA to enhance the accreditation training programs for asbestos abatement.

The EPA was also tasked with enforcing the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which entailed setting limits for pollutants including asbestos in both the air and the water supply.

In the next part of this three-part blog series, asbestos-related regulation established through the EPA will be reviewed.

References: The United States Environmental Protection Agency; The Asbestos Informer

http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/lawsregs.html http://www.epa.gov/region4/air/asbestos/inform.htm

October 15,2013
ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), has developed a new standard for testing asbestos concentrations in soil. Because the materials typically analyzed for asbestos are manufactured items such as insulation, drywall, and other home and industrial products, no formal standards had previously been established for testing soil for asbestos concentrations. 
 
Testing soil for asbestos levels is difficult because the substance is distributed randomly throughout the soil. Low levels of asbestos mixed into soil could be "masked" and therefore go undetected with existing tests. Asbestos can contaminate soil following building renovations or demolitions that release asbestos fibers into the air or when asbestos-containing products are damaged or deteriorating, which can also create airborne asbestos dust. 
 
This proposed standard is known as D7521, Test Method for Determination of Asbestos in Soil. It was developed by Subcommittee D22.07 on Sampling and Analysis of Asbestos, part of ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality. D7521 would provide a means for any parties needing to test soil for asbestos to follow the same procedure, thereby yielding consistency in results interpretation. 
 
D7521 includes standardized procedures to:
 
  • Identify asbestos in soil;
  • Provide an estimate of the concentration of asbestos in the sampled soil; and
  • Provide a concentration of asbestos reported as the number of asbestos structures per gram of sample.
 
Currently, U.S. laws and regulations limit the use of asbestos. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) bans the manufacture, importation, processing, and distribution in commerce of certain asbestos-containing products. In addition, the TSCA bans "new uses" of asbestos, which is defined as asbestos use in products that "have not historically contained asbestos." 
 
Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the following uses of asbestos are banned:
 
  • Asbestos pipe insulation and asbestos block insulation on facility components, such as boilers and hot water tanks, if the materials are either pre-formed (molded) and friable or wet-applied and friable after drying
  • Spray-applied surfacing asbestos-containing materials
  • Spray-on application of materials containing more than 1% asbestos to buildings, structures, pipes, and conduits
 
Additional regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other government agencies exist. Regulatory agencies could specify the use of D7521 procedures to check for compliance with local, state, and federal laws regarding asbestos.
 
References: ASTM International (February 4, 2013) "Asbestos In Soil - New ASTM International Standard." Retrieved on February 9, 2013, from environmental-expert.com.
 
Environmental Protection Agency. “U.S. Federal Bans on Asbestos.” Retrieved on February 9, 2013.
 
Source:
http://www.environmental-expert.com/news/asbestos-in-soil-new-astm-international-standard-353645
 
http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/federalbans.html
October 8,2013

In an amendment to its Code of Civil Procedure (CCP), the state of California now limits the length of a plaintiff's deposition. The change is expected to benefit mesothelioma victims involved in asbestos litigation, as well as other personal injury plaintiffs.

For certain personal injury lawsuits, including those related to asbestos, the deposition of a plaintiff by defense attorneys is now limited to two days of seven hours of testimony or fourteen hours total. In these cases, a licensed physician must testify that the witness has less than six months to live.

A deposition is meant to secure the plaintiff's testimony should he or she not survive long enough to speak at the trial. In California, prior to January 1, 2013, defense attorneys could deliberately delay or otherwise lengthen the time period for a deposition. Sometimes, plaintiffs would become too ill to continue or pass away before their deposition could be concluded. In such cases, none of the witness's deposition testimony could be used at trial.

With this new law (contained in CCP Section 2025.290), victims of asbestos exposure, including those with mesothelioma, are more likely to survive their depositions and realize the justice they deserve. This is a significant win for mesothelioma victims.

Asbestos exposure causes lung diseases and mesothelioma, which is an incurable and fatal cancer. Those at the highest risk for developing mesothelioma are people who suffered exposure in the workplace, typically in the manufacturing, engineering, and construction industries, as well as in all branches of the U.S. Military.

Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma, people who were exposed to asbestos up to 50 years ago could still develop the disease. Mesothelioma symptoms such as respiratory distress also appear due to the common cold and the flu, which can make diagnosis difficult. In order to properly identify mesothelioma symptoms, doctors will typically need a thorough medical history detailing past asbestos exposure. In such cases, doctors can keep watch for any symptoms that may indicate an asbestos-related disease and order the necessary tests to make a diagnosis.

Anyone with a history of asbestos exposure who is experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms should talk to their healthcare professional about potential asbestos injuries.

 

Reference: Assembly Bill No. 1875, CHAPTER 346

Source: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=2011...

August 29,2013

Mesothelioma is a cancer linked with occupational exposure to asbestos. Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common type of mesothelioma, occurring in about 30 percent of cases. This form of mesothelioma is a cancer that occurs in the peritoneum, or the lining of the abdominal cavity and then can spread to abdominal organs.  Mesothelioma of the peritoneal lining poses challenges to diagnose and treat. As of August 19, 2013 a team of researchers in Buffalo New York combined surgical and chemotherapy methods to treat this rare form of mesothelioma.

Between 2003 and 2011, the team analyzed patients with peritoneal mesothelioma as well as patients with colorectal cancer. The patients underwent cytoreductive surgery (CRS) to remove visible tumors and after that, underwent hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). This treatment might seem overly aggressive and risky, but the complications risks for CRS/HIPEC are comparable to other major cancer surgeries.

The whole goal of the combination treatments is to completely remove the tumor cells and then direct deliver the chemotherapy to the site of the tumor. A rinse of the open body cavity with the solution of heated chemotherapy drugs is designed to destroy any remaining cancer cells. Only 2.7% of the CRS/HIPEC patients died after surgery. Their death was mostly due to the fact that they suffered from colorectal cancer and had previously undergone several bowel reconstruction surgeries.

After being diagnosed with mesothelioma, patients live between four and 11 months. Mesothelioma survival rates can be very difficult to grasp and handle initially. However, after the CRS/HICEP procedures, peritoneal mesothelioma patients have lived up to five years after treatment. Surviving Mesothelioma has brought patients and readers to the internet for answers. MesotheliomaSymptoms.com is a top resource guide, providing updates and new treatment reports. Surviving Mesothelioma news helps loved ones make more informed decisions on what steps to take after diagnosis. 

References:
http://www.sfgate.com/business/press-releases/article/New-Research-Shows-High-Survival-Rates-after-4742922.php
 

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