MPs urge asbestos company to pay £10m to fund cancer research
All-party group including peers backs campaign by victims ’ group, saying Cape ‘knowingly put people in danger’MPs and peers have written to one of the biggest manufacturers of asbestos calling on it to make a £10m donation towards mesothelioma research “for knowingly putting people in danger”.In a letter to Altrad, parent company of Cape, the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on occupational safety and health says thatdocuments released after a long-running court battle show that Cape historically “provided misleading reassurance about the dangers of asbestos”.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 22, 2023 Category: Science Authors: Haroon Siddique Legal affairs correspondent Tags: Cancer House of Commons House of Lords Society Politics UK news Medical research Manufacturing sector Health Source Type: news

UK unions call in cancer expert over fears of asbestos risk to female teachers
Concerns at mesothelioma death rate trigger study to detect exposure to now banned material used in school buildingsThe threat of asbestos-related cancer to female teachers is to be examined after possible signs of an elevated risk of fatal illness.Trade unions are to work with one of the country ’s leading cancer experts on a study of the exposure women in their late-40s to mid-60s may have had to the material inside school buildings. It comes after researchers detected a possible increase in mesothelioma deaths among the group that could be statistically significant.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 15, 2023 Category: Science Authors: Michael Savage Policy Editor Tags: Schools Trade unions Cancer research UK news Science Society Education Teaching Medical research Health Politics Women Source Type: news

Baylor Study: Mesothelioma ‘Staged Surgical Approach’ Increases Survival
In this study, there were no immediate deaths following the first surgery, and all 14 patients proceeded to the second surgery. There were two patients – both starting with the EPP – who died within 90 days of the abdominal surgery. “When considering bicavitary cytoreductive surgery for mesothelioma, we would recommend only performing ePD and avoiding EPP in this cohort of patients,” authors concluded. Baylor Medical Center thoracic surgeon Dr. R. Taylor Ripley was the lead author of the study. One of the co-authors was surgical oncologist Dr. Paul Sugarbaker, brother of Dr. David Sugarbaker and a pioneer in ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 4, 2023 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Tags: Clinical Trials/Research/Emerging Treatments Mesothelioma Source Type: news

UK Citizens Filing Asbestos Talc Claims  In U.S. Courts
Residents of the United Kingdom have been among the growing number of personal injury plaintiffs filing lawsuits in U.S. courts, attributing their diagnoses of mesothelioma cancer to asbestos-contaminated talc. That should come as no surprise. With the world’s highest per capita incidence rate of mesothelioma, the UK is contributing to the changing face of asbestos litigation in America. While mesothelioma traced to occupational asbestos exposure among men is dropping, nonoccupational exposure leading to mesothelioma among women is rising. Asbestos-contaminated talc, sometimes found in health and beauty products...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 3, 2023 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Tags: Asbestos Exposure Legal Mesothelioma Source Type: news

Multimodal Therapy of Epithelioid Pleural Mesothelioma Multimodal Therapy of Epithelioid Pleural Mesothelioma
This study describes a multimodal treatment approach to help improve overall survival in these patients.Translational Lung Cancer Research (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 2, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

Avon Hit With $52.1M Verdict for Asbestos-Contaminated Talc
A California jury awarded $52.1 million to an Arizona woman diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer. The multimillion-dollar verdict combines damages against cosmetics giant Avon and a forklift manufacturer. Attorneys for Rita-Ann Chapman said she had been using Avon talc products contaminated with asbestos for much of her life. Chapman is 76. She blamed additional secondhand asbestos exposure on forklift maker Hyster Company. Her husband Gary handled asbestos products while working at Hyster. Chapman won her case in California Superior Court earlier this month. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer. Inhalation or ingestio...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 21, 2022 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Tags: Asbestos Exposure Legal Mesothelioma Source Type: news

Dangers of Legacy Asbestos Detailed in UK Study
A recently published study from the United Kingdom has shown that legacy asbestos lingering in commercial and residential construction is more dangerous than expected.  In what is believed to be the largest study in the world of legacy asbestos, researchers found that almost two-thirds of it had aged enough, or was damaged enough, for fibers to become airborne and put people at risk. An estimated 1 million samples were collected in a six-month period across Great Britain as part of the study, completed by the National Organisation of Asbestos Consultants and the trade group Asbestos Testing and Consultancy. W...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 20, 2022 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Tags: Asbestos Exposure Mesothelioma Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Surgery With Immunotherapy Proves Effective in Study
An immunotherapy combination given before aggressive surgery has shown impressive effectiveness in extending survival for pleural mesothelioma patients in a recent phase II clinical trial at Baylor College of Medicine. The combination of immune checkpoint inhibitors durvalumab and tremelimumab showed an ability to effectively alter the intratumoral immune system and make surgery more effective. This randomized clinical trial compared the use of durvalumab alone – already shown to be effective in other cancers – to both the two-drug combination and to using no immunotherapy before mesothelioma surgery. Clinica...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 19, 2022 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Tags: Clinical Trials/Research/Emerging Treatments Immunotherapy Pleural Source Type: news

Study: Early Mesothelioma HIPEC Surgery Extends Survival
Sooner is better when it comes to aggressively treating peritoneal mesothelioma cancer with a combination of cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Waiting could cost a patient months of survival. Rejecting surgery could cost them years. The Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery published a study in November that showed for the first time to what degree a delay in having the mesothelioma surgery, or not getting it at all, can affect overall survival for patients. Results of the mesothelioma study were presented earlier this year at the annual Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 8, 2022 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Tags: Peritoneal Surgical procedures Source Type: news

VA Disability Rates Rise; Veterans With Mesothelioma Benefit
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has increased its monthly payments to disabled veterans by 8.7%, the largest annual increase in 40 years. Veterans who developed disabilities caused by asbestos exposure during military service – including mesothelioma cancer – are among those receiving the increase, which began on Dec. 1. VA disability payout increases are based on the latest cost of living adjustment done annually by the Social Security Administration. Soaring inflation and rising prices prompted the much-needed increase. “After a year of historic inflation, it’s great to see the federal governm...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 6, 2022 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Tags: Asbestos Exposure Veterans Source Type: news

Honeywell to Fund Asbestos Trust With $1.3 Billion
To eliminate future funding obligations, Honeywell International Inc. has agreed to a one-time, lump sum payment of $1.325 billion to the asbestos trust fund it first established in 2013. If approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the buyout agreement would likely end any additional asbestos-related liabilities for Honeywell. The payment is a significant investment toward future financial stability for the industrial giant, which is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Honeywell’s costly asbestos trust fund obligation stems from North American Refractories Company, which it...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 28, 2022 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Tags: Asbestos Exposure Legal Trust Funds Source Type: news

Looking Beyond Clinical Trials for Mesothelioma Treatment
Clinical trial results should not always be the guiding force when a mesothelioma cancer patient and their medical team determine what therapy path to take, according to one recent study. A look at real-world populations might be just as important. A research team at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Medicine has made the point with a retrospective, observational analysis of second-line treatment for pleural mesothelioma. The analysis came on the heels of a multicenter clinical trial from the European Thoracic Oncology Platform that evaluated the efficacy of pembrolizumab (Keytruda), an immunotherapy drug,...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 22, 2022 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Tags: Clinical Trials/Research/Emerging Treatments Mesothelioma Source Type: news

Global Mesothelioma Cases Nearly Double Over 30 Years
The number of people in the world diagnosed annually with mesothelioma cancer has almost doubled in the last 30 years, accentuating the need for more effective and better coordinated efforts to end this preventable, global health problem. Almost 35,000 people were diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2019, compared to an estimated 19,000 in 1990, according to a study by the Clinical Research Center at Shandong University, Jinan, China. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology published the study in September. It is believed to be the most comprehensive and recent evaluation of the annual incidence and mortality rate for mes...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 17, 2022 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Tags: Clinical Trials/Research/Emerging Treatments Mesothelioma Source Type: news

For Camp Lejeune Victims Exposed to Toxic Water, a New Law Promises Compensation —and Closure
Many of Ann Johnson’s life milestones were marked at Camp Lejeune, a sprawling U.S. Marine Corps base camp on the North Carolina coast. She moved to the base in 1982, when her stepfather was stationed there. In 1983, she graduated from Camp Lejeune High School. In 1984, she got married and, at the age of 18, gave birth to her first child at the on-base hospital. Johnson had a difficult pregnancy, gaining 120 pounds due to a complication that leads to excess amniotic fluid. In retrospect, she says, this was the first sign that something was wrong. Then, on the day her daughter, Jacquetta, was born, she didn’t cr...
Source: TIME: Health - November 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Latest Study Compares Major Pleural Mesothelioma Surgeries
Mesothelioma patients may benefit more from aggressive extrapleural pneumonectomy surgery than from the lung-sparing pleurectomy and decortication currently being recommended as an alternative by many specialists today. According to the most recent study from Italy, extrapleural pneumonectomy, or EPP, allowed mesothelioma patients diagnosed with high symptom burden to live a longer, better-quality life than with the more popular pleurectomy and decortication surgery, also known as P/D. Journal of Clinical Medicine published the latest report on Oct. 29, authored by thoracic oncology specialists at Tor Vergata Univers...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 15, 2022 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Tags: Clinical Trials/Research/Emerging Treatments Surgical procedures Source Type: news