Archive for August, 2009

Legal Advice for Mesothelioma

Monday, August 31st, 2009

If you or a loved one have been affected by mesothelioma, legal advice may be something you’re in search of or considering. And that’s a good idea, considering how some mesothelioma victims may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering. Finding out whether you are eligible to receive compensation is something a qualified mesothelioma attorney can help you determine, and seeking mesothelioma legal advice is needed in order to find out what steps to take after you’ve been diagnosed.

Mesothelioma: What Is It?

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer often called asbestos cancer. It attacks the lining of various organs and areas of the body, and currently there is no cure for it. Mesothelioma victims must endure pain, suffering and tremendous medical bills. Their families suffer as well. The reason mesothelioma is also sometimes called asbestos cancer is because asbestos exposure is a cause of mesothelioma.

After asbestos exposure, the first signs of mesothelioma can take between 10 and 50 years to show up. Sometimes victims don’t realize that they were exposed to asbestos long ago while on the job. Even a child of a construction worker exposed to asbestos can get mesothelioma, for example, if that parent tracked asbestos fibers into their home after work. There are many situations where people can experience asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma Legal Advice

Get mesothelioma legal advice if you or a loved one are a victim of mesothelioma. Whether you believe your mesothelioma is due to asbestos exposure while on the job, or another reason, seeking legal advice is recommended so that you can find out whether you may be entitled to compensation. A good mesothelioma attorney will fight for the compensation you deserve. If you’d like more information, contact our Mesothelioma Information Hotline: 1 (888) 370-0121.

New Studies: Tea Tree Oil and Mesothelioma

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

What a week it’s been for mesothelioma research.  In the past two days alone, there have been reports on two separate and promising studies that could have excellent implications for victims of this brutal cancer.

The first was reported on Suriving Mesothelioma yesterday and pertains to a study conducted by researchers at the School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences at The University of Western Australia.  Researchers studied the effects of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil and terpinen-4-ol (a substance widely believed to be the active ingredient in tea tree oil) on a mesothelioma cell in vitro.  The result: dead mesothelioma cells.  In addition, the more tea tree oil and terpinen-4-ol the researchers added, the more significantly inhibited the growth of the mesothelioma cells turned out to be.  The substances not only caused the cells to die, but they stopped them from reproducing.  What’s more, the added mixture seemed to be significantly less dangerous to non-tumor cells, which makes these extracts more viable as potential bases for mesothelioma-fighting techniques.

The second study, conducted by University of Washington researchers and reported on today at Mesothelioma.com, might be even more extraordinary.  There, scientists tapped into the rapidly burgeoning field of nanotechnology to deliver a potential blow to mesothelioma.  The researchers are investigating the potential of a toxin known as melittin, which is found in bee venom, to combat the cancer.  Although melittin would destroy cells indiscriminately if left to its own devices, scientists are working on equipping the toxin in tiny nanoparticles known as “nanobees” (so named due to their cargo) to specifically target cancer cells.  The delivery system, while sounding incredibly sci-fi, is actually similar to a technique already being developed to combat ovarian cancer, and it represents a further potential application of the technology.

Obviously, these are just studies, which means that any commercial use of these findings is still a ways off.  Still, they offer encouraging hope for people suffering from the effects of asbestos exposure.

Testing Method Improves Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Mesothelioma diagnosis just got significantly more effective thanks to a new testing method that combines preexisting tests already independently used to detect the cancer.  According to an article posted on Surviving Mesothelioma, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston came to this conclusion after employing the experimental method on 48 patients suspected of having mesothelioma.  The result: a near doubling of the sensitivity rate of the tests.

The researchers, led by Rachel Factor, an instructor of pathology at Boston Medical Center, collected cells using cytological methods, which involves studying tissue taken from patients on a cellular level.  Cytological methods of detection are considered favorable because they depend upon small samples that do not require invasive techniques to acquire.  The flip side of this ease is that such methods can be inaccurate.  Looking at irritated but otherwise normal cells from the lung lining can look remarkably similar to mesothelioma, for example.

After harvesting the cells, the researchers subjected the samples to not one but two genetic tests.  The first, called karyotyping, involves analyzing the cells’ chromosomes to look for any irregularities that would point toward cancer.  The second, known as flourescent in situ hybridization, or FISH, uses fluorescent probes to detect specific lengths of DNA in chromosomes.  When the researchers applied the modified test to the 48 patients, they noticed a doubling in the detection of mesothelioma.

This is great news, obviously, but the test has room for improvement.  Chief among them is (still) accuracy.  Even after the aforementioned doubling in detection, the sensitivity of the test was still only marked at 60%.  That means that the opportunity for false-negative results is unacceptably high.  One way the researchers could improve the test’s sensitivity is by employing additional FISH probes.  The only problem with that is, many of these probes are not yet commercially available.  Additional research, experimentation, and studies are needed before this test can be fully perfected.  Still, this is a huge step in the right direction, one which may lead to an improvement in the early detection and treatment of this disease and the quality of life of its sufferers.

Former Harrah’s Employee Files Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit

Friday, August 7th, 2009

A former employee of Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas says he is sick from asbestos exposure while on the job. His three-year-old son is suffering as well — his father says what’s in the boy’s lungs makes him have trouble breathing. The man is suing the resort for $10 million.

Asbestos exposure while on the job can be extremely dangerous, and it can result in Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that attacks the lining of various organs and areas of the body such as the heart, lungs and abdomen. There is currently no cure for Mesothelioma. Victims have to deal with economic hardship along with pain and suffering.

Used for many years in thousands of different products, Asbestos is a mineral that, when disturbed, releases tiny fibers that travel deep into the lungs when inhaled. In the lungs, these fibers can cause scarring, called asbestosis. Asbestos fibers can cause Mesothelioma along with lung, colon and larynx cancer. Damage caused by asbestos dust happens over many years, which explains why Mesothelioma and asbestosis are called progressive diseases.

According to a news story from Fox 5 Vegas, OSHA had warned Harrah’s about the dangers — a dozen serious violations involving asbestos are shown on inspection reports. The man filing the lawsuit said he thinks what made his son sick is that he brought the asbestos fibers home with him from work, probably on his clothing. He said in the story that every employee was affected, from housekeeping workers to cocktail waitresses to the customers, when they didn’t do the asbestos abatement.

Getting Help After Asbestos Exposure

If you’ve experienced asbestos exposure, it’s important to get help. If you have Mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. Hiring a qualified, experienced Mesothelioma lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. To speak with someone and find out more, don’t hesitate to call 1-888-370-0121.