The Netherlands Orders All Asbestos Roofs Removed by 2024
Although the Netherlands banned asbestos 22 years ago, officials continue eliminating the toxic mineral from the country’s infrastructure, most recently ordering all asbestos roofing be removed by Jan. 1, 2024. The removal only applies to exterior asbestos-containing materials such as corrugated sheets and slate roofing. It does not apply to interior asbestos roof boards and roof insulation. “The ban on [asbestos] roofing is a start,” David de Vreede, a technical advisor for the Dutch group Committee for Asbestos Victims, told Asbestos.com. “The goal is no asbestos in the country, but that will take...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 12, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: asbestos ban asbestos ban in europe asbestos cement roofs in the netherlands asbestos products asbestos removal asbestos use in the netherlands banned asbestos products Committee for Asbestos Victims David de Veerde mesothelioma in europ Source Type: news

15th Anniversary of 9/11: Mesothelioma Expected to Rise from Attack
Thoracic surgeon Dr. Raja Flores, like so many other patriotic Americans, rushed to help after the horrific 9/11 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City. As the world prepares to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Flores’ work is far from done. While the memory of that fateful Sept. 11, 2001, is beginning to fade for many, the threat of a resulting and significant rise in mesothelioma cancer is looming large on the horizon. The alarming number of future mesothelioma cases will stem from the weeks-long rescue and cleanup efforts performed under the toxic cloud that containe...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 8, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: 15th anniversary 9/11 9/11 15 year anniversary 9/11 attack at world trade center 9/11 mesothelioma cases 9/11 terrorist attack asbestos after 9/11 attack asbestos in 9/11 attack Source Type: news

Workers Fear Asbestos Exposure at Australian Hospital
Hundreds of workers involved in the construction of a $1.2 billion children’s hospital in Western Australia fear Chinese building products may have exposed them to asbestos. Officials with the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) claim the atrium roof at the Perth Children’s Hospital project is “riddled” with asbestos and the inexpensive Chinese concrete panels put workers at risk. Complaints surfaced after one of the 25 workers building the hospital cut into a sealed roof panel and discovered a white powder he suspected was chrysotile, which is also known as white asbestos. Indep...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 6, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: asbestos ban in australia asbestos exposure asbestos exposure at perth children's hospital asbestos exposure in australia asbestos in australian construction mesothelioma in australia yuanda asbestos exposure yuanda asbestos roof panels Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Clinical Trial for Tazemetostat Launches in US
City of Hope cancer center thoracic oncologist Dr. Marianna Koczywas explains the workings of tazemetostat — the latest drug tested in a mesothelioma clinical trial — with the lock and key metaphor. “You have a specific [cancer] key, and a specific keyhole it goes through. If you can lock that keyhole, you can lock it out,” Koczywas told Asbestos.com. “These malignant cells rely on a pathway for growth and division so you try and block that specific pathway.” Koczywas is principal investigator for the mesothelioma clinical trial at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Los Angeles,...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 31, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: cancer treatment city of hope cancer center clinical trials at memorial sloan kettering clinical trials in california malignant pleural mesothelioma treatment marianna koczywas mesothelioma clinical trial tazemetostat Source Type: news

New Mesothelioma Drug Discovered in Sea Squirt Toxin
A unique drug derived from the Caribbean sea squirt shows impressive effectiveness in stopping the growth of mesothelioma tumor cells. Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria discovered that trabectedin, a toxin the coral-like animal uses against predators, might soon be applied in the treatment of mesothelioma. “It has looked very promising to this point,” Walter Berger, group leader at the Institute of Cancer Research, University of Vienna, told Asbestos.com. “It’s a fascinating new substance — from its origins to its mode of action.” A European pharmaceutical compan...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 30, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: mesothelioma treatment sea squirt cancer treatment sea squirt trabectedin toxin sea toxin for cancer trabectedin for mesothelioma Source Type: news

Peritoneal Mesothelioma May Be Linked to Crohn ’ s Disease
Chronic abdominal inflammation, typical of Crohn’s disease, could be a contributing factor in the development of peritoneal mesothelioma, according to a recent study. Pathologists from the University of Vermont and Duke University studied the link between the two diseases, raising the possibility of a previously underreported connection. The Journal of Clinical Pathology earlier this month published the retrospective study, providing insights on new inflammatory pathways that may lead to one type of the rare asbestos-related cancer. “The observations in this study prompt consideration of chronic serosal inflamm...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 23, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Source Type: news

US Steel Fined $170K for Multiple Asbestos Violations
Despite the well-known dangers of deadly asbestos, its removal from most job sites and legal actions against companies using the substance, many U.S. workers still face the perils of exposure when they enter their workplace each day. Scott Allen, regional director for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor, told Asbestos.com the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues hundreds of citations annually to companies that violate asbestos regulations. Citations range from improper handling and disposal of asbestos-containing products to employees not trained to handle the substance. The most recent of...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 19, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Source Type: news

Many Mesothelioma Centers Top List of Best Cancer Hospitals
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center retained its standing as the top cancer care hospital in the nation for the second consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication’s 2016-17 Best Hospitals for Cancer graded cancer centers from 0-100 on a variety of categories such as reputation with specialists, volume of high-risk patients, patient survival and safety, nurse intensity and advanced technologies. The purpose: Help patients make more informed health care decisions. “It’s important for patients to know that not all hospitals deliver equivalent levels of care,&rdq...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 11, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: best cancer centers best cancer hospitals best hospitals for cancer best hospitals rankings best mesothelioma cancer centers md anderson cancer center mesothelioma treatment moffitt cancer center us news and world report best hospitals Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Cases Rise in Iceland Despite Asbestos Ban
The incidence of mesothelioma in Iceland today continues to rise, despite a nationwide ban on asbestos that began more than 30 year ago. A recent study conducted in this Nordic island nation illustrates just how difficult it will be to end the worldwide horrors of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Banning asbestos — in any country — is not the panacea that many believe. It is only the beginning. “We may have to wait another 20 years before we see a decrease in the rate of mesothelioma,” University of Iceland preventative medicine professor Dr. Vilhjalmur Rafnsson told Asbestos.com. &...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 10, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: asbestos exposure in iceland cancer in iceland iceland asbestos ban iceland asbestos imports iceland mesothelioma incidence rates mesothelioma in iceland Source Type: news

Protein Helps Doctors Diagnose Mesothelioma More Accurately
Researchers identified another tool for diagnosing pleural mesothelioma, hoping it can accelerate the diagnostic process and help eliminate recurring mistakes. Dr. Michele Carbone of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and his team of mesothelioma specialists discovered that tumor-suppressing protein BAP1 can help oncologists accurately differentiate mesothelioma from lung cancer. People lacking the BAP1 protein are more likely to develop malignant mesothelioma. In the team’s study, all 45 non-small cell lung cancer samples tested positive for normal BAP1 expression. Of the 35 pleural mesothelioma samples tested, ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 4, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: bap1 lung cancer diagnosis malignant mesothelioma diagnosis mesothelioma misdiagnosis michele carbone university of hawaii cancer center Source Type: news

New Study: Mesothelioma Surgery Still Benefits Older Patients
Older patients with pleural mesothelioma can double their chances of extending their survival rates by undergoing aggressive, potentially curative surgery, according to a recent national database analysis. Age also should not be a deterrent to surgery, refuting the lingering myth that many mesothelioma patients are too old to benefit from these procedures. “More and more, we’ve come to realize that age is just a number,” thoracic surgeon Dr. Mark Berry at the Stanford University Medical Center told Asbestos.com. “Some patients at 75 are great candidates for surgery, and some younger than 55 are not ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 1, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: best surgery for mesothelioma cancer surgery mesothelioma surgery mesothelioma treatment older mesothelioma patients seer mesothelioma results Source Type: news

New Mesothelioma Treatment Guidelines May Extend Survival
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has changed its first-line treatment recommendation for unresectable pleural mesothelioma, believing it will extend patient survival significantly. The NCCN advisory panel recently added the monoclonal antibody bevacizumab to the long-standing chemotherapy combination of pemetrexed and cisplatin. Bevacizumab, also known by brand name Avastin, inhibits the formation of new blood vessels in tumors, effectively slowing the growth of cancer cells. It has successfully treated some types of lung and colorectal cancers. The NCCN recommendation is expected to be a precursor to the U...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 26, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: cancer chemotherapy chemotherapy drugs chemotherapy drugs for mesothelioma chemotherapy for mesothelioma mesothelioma treatment moffitt cancer center new chemotherapy drug Source Type: news

South Korea Tightens Asbestos Regulations
South Korea is strengthening its Asbestos Safety Management Act (ASMA) beginning next month to better protect those involved in the renovation or demolition of older structures. The country has added to the recent, worldwide momentum aimed at minimizing health risks stemming from exposure to asbestos. South Korea already is one of 58 countries that have banned the toxic mineral, joining that club in 2009. New Zealand became the latest country to ban asbestos in June. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in May announced his intention to work toward a ban. The United States earlier this year amended its Toxic Substances ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 20, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: asbestos ban asbestos ban in canada asbestos ban in united states asbestos regulations mesothelioma south korea asbestos Source Type: news

IMPRINT Mesothelioma Treatment Boosts Radiation Therapy
Doctors confirmed a novel radiation procedure can be combined safely and effectively with aggressive lung-sparing surgery to improve survival time and quality of life for patients with mesothelioma. After a decade of refinement, a small number of mesothelioma specialty centers now are using intensity-modulated pleural radiation therapy (IMPRINT) as part of the recent advancements in multidisciplinary treatments. “We’re hoping that all centers with experience in treating mesothelioma will now look at this as another technique to put in their arsenal,” radiation oncologist Dr. Kenneth Rosenzweig of the Moun...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 15, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: cancer treatments IMPRINT for mesothelioma lung cancer treatments mesothelioma treatment pleural mesothelioma radiation for mesothelioma radiation therapy Source Type: news

IMPRINT Mesothelioma Treatment Boosts Radiation Therapy
Doctors confirmed a novel radiation procedure can be combined safely and effectively with aggressive lung-sparing surgery to improve survival time and quality of life for patients with mesothelioma. After a decade of refinement, a small number of mesothelioma specialty centers now are using intensity-modulated pleural radiation therapy (IMPRINT) as part of the recent advancements in multidisciplinary treatments. “We’re hoping that all centers with experience in treating mesothelioma will now look at this as another technique to put in their arsenal,” radiation oncologist Dr. Kenneth Rosenzweig of the Moun...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 15, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: cancer treatments IMPRINT for mesothelioma lung cancer treatments mesothelioma treatment pleural mesothelioma radiation for mesothelioma radiation therapy Source Type: news

ONCOS-102 Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Promises Hope
Scandinavian-based Targovax launched the latest immunotherapy clinical trial for pleural mesothelioma, hoping it delivers a better way to treat patients with asbestos-related diseases. The randomized phase Ib/II trial evaluates the performance of ONCOS-102, an engineered human adenovirus designed to induce systemic, anti-tumor responses. Researchers are administering the immunotherapy drug as first-line therapy in combination with chemotherapy using pemetrexed and cisplatin. “Based on what we’ve seen in our first study of patients with various solid tumor types, which is good tolerance and response in a couple ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 12, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: immunotherapy clinical trial immunotherapy for cancer mesothelioma mesothelioma clinical trials mesothelioma immunotherapy ONCOS 102 Source Type: news

Researchers Discover New Mesothelioma Blood Biomarker
An international team of scientists recently identified a new blood biomarker for mesothelioma that should help with early diagnosis, prognosis accuracy and the personalization of treatment. Researchers identified activin A, a protein complex found in the blood, as a potential target for future therapies. “Blood derived biomarkers are important because they can be noninvasively measured, even at multiple stages,” Dr. Balazs Hegedus, at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria, told Asbestos.com. “They can help make the best personalized therapeutic decisions.” In addition to Hegedus, cancer speci...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 7, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: activin A asbestos cancer asbestos diseases Balazs Hegedus cancer treatment mesothelioma mesothelioma biomarker mesothelioma blood biomarker mesothelioma research multimodal cancer therapy treatments for mesothelioma Source Type: news

New Study: Asbestos Related to Most Common Kidney Cancer
Exposure to asbestos may lead to renal cell carcinoma, the most common type of kidney cancer, an Italian study shows. The link to kidney cancer adds to the horrific history of asbestos, a substance definitively recognized as a cause of mesothelioma, lung cancer and a variety of other respiratory illnesses. In the past, a handful of other cancers were inconclusively linked to asbestos exposure. However, the research team at the University of Pavia in Italy made its case for asbestos as a probable cause of renal cell carcinoma. “The findings did surprise me. It was something I had not suspected before,” Stefano C...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 1, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: asbestos cancer asbestos related to kidney cancer cancer research mesothelioma peritoneal mesothelioma Source Type: news

Asbestos-Related Cancers Cost Canada $2B Annually
The Canadian government spends about $1.7 billion annually on asbestos-related cancers stemming from occupational exposure, according to a recent Institute for Work & Health study. Researchers included the costs of treating mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, administration expenses, patients’ out-of-pocket costs, caregiving wages, workers’ compensation and employers’ costs to replace absent workers, among other economic burdens. The investigation did not include cancers from secondhand exposure to asbestos and other cancers caused by asbestos exposure. “This [number] is really just t...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 29, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: asbestos cancer asbestos in canada asbestos in canada construction asbestos in canada homes asbestos related cancers canadian asbestos epidemic mesothelioma work related asbestos exposure Source Type: news

New Zealand Enacts National Asbestos Ban
New Zealand will prohibit importation of all asbestos products and materials beginning Oct. 1, joining 57 other countries that already ban asbestos. Nick Smith, New Zealand environment minister, announced the latest prohibition last week. His statement marked progress toward a long-sought, worldwide ban on the toxic mineral. “It’s about bloody time,” Laurie Kazan-Allen, coordinator of the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat, told Asbestos.com. Kazan-Allen, who is based in the United Kingdom, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the global asbestos watch. “We’re in an interest...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 23, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: asbestos ban asbestos cancer asbestos mesothelioma banning asbestos national ban on asbestos new zealand asbestos ban Source Type: news

Immunotherapy Trial for Mesothelioma Shows Early Promise
The immunotherapy drug avelumab showed promising results in a recent phase I clinical trial for malignant mesothelioma, raising hopes as a future second-line therapy. The clinical trial included 53 patients with pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma. It was part of the JAVELIN development program for avelumab, a series of clinical studies testing the drug on about 2,200 patients with more than 15 types of cancer. Merck and Pfizer are co-developing and marketing avelumab. Medical oncologist and mesothelioma specialist Dr. Raffit Hassan of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) presented the clinical trial results earlier this mon...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 22, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: clinical trial immunotherapy immunotherapy clinical trial immunotherapy for mesothelioma mesothelioma research mesothelioma treatment raffitt hassan Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Surgery Improves Quality of Life
Renowned thoracic surgeon Dr. Wickii Vigneswaran in Chicago believes far too many patients with pleural mesothelioma are being denied aggressive surgeries that could improve their quality of life. He wants to fix that dilemma. Vigneswaran, a mesothelioma specialist at the Loyola University Medical Center, authored a recent study debunking the long-standing belief that major surgery is too taxing for all but the healthiest patients. “It’s the medical community, the referring physicians, even the oncologists, who are telling patients that surgery is not an option for them, that it will hurt their quality of life,...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 17, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: cancer surgery cancer treatment mesothelioma mesothelioma surgery mesothelioma treatment Wickii Vigneswaran Source Type: news

Asbestos Ban in US Inches Closer with New Legislation
Federal lawmakers this week passed one of the most important environmental bills that will overhaul how the U.S. government regulates toxic chemicals, and it could bring the nation closer to banning asbestos. The U.S. Senate passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1979. The bill will give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greater power to better review chemicals for safety and restrict their use. One of the reasons asbestos is not banned in the U.S. is because the current law requires the EPA to find the “least burde...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 10, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: asbestos asbestos ban asbestos exposure banning asbestos in the united states Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act united states asbestos ban Source Type: news

Quincy Jones Talks Mesothelioma in HBO’s ‘Burning the Light’
Last night, comedian Quincy Jones opened his heart to HBO viewers with “Quincy Jones: Burning the Light,” a one-hour special about his personal battle with mesothelioma. “There is no cancer when I am on that stage,” the 31-year-old told the audience at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. “It is only me telling my jokes. You can deal with the cancer before and you can deal with it after. But on that stage, I’m cancer-free.” After months of raising awareness about mesothelioma, Jones’s dream finally came true with a giant thank you to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 3, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: comedian quincy jones HBO hbo special burning the light mesothelioma Source Type: news

Peritoneal Mesothelioma: No End in Sight
Conclusions Among the conclusions from the review: All types of asbestos — including amphibole and chrysotile — can cause peritoneal mesothelioma. Men and women have the same vulnerability to asbestos exposure, from either occupational or second-hand exposures. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure that can prevent peritoneal mesothelioma. Doctors have dramatically underreported peritoneal mesothelioma because misdiagnosis is common. “There were no real surprises [in the findings], but people have started to believe some of the misconceptions, and even some of the so-called experts were confused,&...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 31, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: mesothelioma mesothelioma surgery mesothelioma treatment new mesothelioma study peritoneal mesothelioma treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Study: Age Is Not Deciding Factor for Surgery
A recent study has reinforced — for the second time — the growing belief that age should not be a deterrent to aggressive, life-changing surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma. You’re never too old. Dr. Annabel Sharkey, cardiothoracic surgeon at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, said patients well over the age of 70 can be as successful with extended pleurectomy/decortication (P/D) surgery as those who are considerably younger. “We should not be using age to decide who will benefit from surgery,” Sharkey told Asbestos.com. “In the past, people sometimes thought they ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 27, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: latest mesothelioma research mesothelioma surgery new mesothelioma study Source Type: news

Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau Commits to Ban Asbestos
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced what labor and public health groups have spent years waiting to hear about the nation’s asbestos epidemic. “We’ve actually made the commitment that we are moving forward on a ban,” Trudeau said. “We know that its impact on workers far outweighs any benefits that it might provide.” Trudeau made the comment in response to a trade union leader’s question while speaking at Canada’s Building Trades Union policy conference in Ottawa, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) news agency. While the country no l...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 19, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: asbestos deaths in canada asbestos exposure in canada canada asbestos ban justin trudeau asbestos ban Source Type: news

Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau Commits to Ban Asbestos
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced what labor and public health groups have spent years waiting to hear about the nation's asbestos epidemic. “We’ve actually made the commitment that we are moving forward on a ban," Trudeau said. "We know that its impact on workers far outweighs any benefits that it might provide.” Trudeau made the comment in response to a trade union leader's question while speaking at Canada’s Building Trades Union policy conference in Ottawa, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) news agency. While the country no longer...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 19, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Beth Swantek Tags: Legislation, Laws & Litigation Source Type: news

Why Do Women with Mesothelioma Survive Longer than Men?
A recent study from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston has pinpointed for the first time gender-specific genetic mutations in mesothelioma patients that could lead to future treatment advances. Women with mesothelioma typically have a survival advantage over men with the same disease, as numerous studies have currently shown. But now, scientists are beginning to understand why that advantage exists, and how it could lead to more effective treatment for everyone. "We were trying to identify genetic differences to help provide targets for specific therapies," Dr. Assunta De Rienzo, co-director of the ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 11, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Research & Clinical Trials Source Type: news

Mr. Fluffy Asbestos: Photos Educate Canberra Homeowners
New photos of loose asbestos in a Mr. Fluffy home in Canberra show an extreme example of the contamination that has endangered residents in Australia's capital city for decades. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government's Asbestos Response Taskforce took the pictures inside one of the 1,022 Canberra homes known to contain Mr. Fluffy insulation. Thousands of homes were insulated with Mr. Fluffy-brand asbestos in the 1960s and '70s. Breathing the insulation can cause the rare cancer mesothelioma, which develops 20 to 50 years after asbestos exposure. “What we found inside the walls was a very signific...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 5, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Beth Swantek Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Asbestos Fears Linger After Massive Australian Brush Fire
Nearly five months after a catastrophic brush fire devastated the historic timber town of Yarloop in Western Australia, residents may now be at risk of asbestos exposure. The blaze damaged much of the asbestos previously hidden inside the town's renovated structures, and that could have long-lasting effects on Yarloop. Containing the asbestos may impede cleanup efforts, and it's unclear how much residents were exposed to the carcinogen known to cause deadly mesothelioma. However, Dr. Andy Robertson, director of disaster management at the WA Department of Health, said asbestos levels in Yarloop shouldn't be high. ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 4, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Lorraine Kember Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Immunotherapy Vaccine for Mesothelioma Gets High Marks
Immunotherapy vaccine CRS-207 is moving closer to changing the way malignant pleural mesothelioma will be treated in the future. CRS-207 produced a startling 94 percent disease control rate when combined with a chemotherapy cocktail of cisplatin and pemetrexed in a recent, multicenter clinical trial. Thoracic oncologist Dr. Thierry Jahan of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center detailed the results last week at the 2016 European Lung Cancer Conference. “We’ve seen a really impressive response,” Jahan said. “It’s an impressive signal for a study like this.” ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 3, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

Asbestos Scandal in UK Schools Blamed on Government
Sarah Jane Bowman lives with a death sentence. At age 40, the U.K. native received tragic news that she had the deadly cancer mesothelioma. “To be told that I had a terminal illness and had less than a year to live was simply too much to comprehend,” Bowman said in a report issued by the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC). “My family and I have struggled to overcome this.” Mesothelioma is a rare disease with a long latency period that affects mostly tradesman, such as pipefitters and contractors, in the latter years of their lives. For them, exposure to toxic asbestos is an occupational hazard. B...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 26, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: dev Source Type: news

Asbestos Scandal in UK Schools Blamed on Government
Sarah Jane Bowman lives with a death sentence. At age 40, the U.K. native received tragic news that she had the deadly cancer mesothelioma. “To be told that I had a terminal illness and had less than a year to live was simply too much to comprehend,” Bowman said in a report issued by the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC). “My family and I have struggled to overcome this.” Mesothelioma is a rare disease with a long latency period that affects mostly tradesman, such as pipefitters and contractors, in the latter years of their lives. For them, exposure to toxic asbestos is an occupational ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 26, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Beth Swantek Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Univ. of Hawaii Awarded $3M Mesothelioma Research Grants
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) awarded three grants totaling more than $3 million to researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center last month to advance their studies of mesothelioma. The awards were part of the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program funded by the DOD. The University of Hawaii has been a national leader in the study of mesothelioma, which strikes a disproportionate number of military veterans. “We’re grateful that all the work we’ve put into research in the past is being recognized and appreciated,” Dr. Michele Carbone, director of thoracic oncology at the cancer center...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 19, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: dev Source Type: news

Univ. of Hawaii Awarded $3M Mesothelioma Research Grants
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) awarded three grants totaling more than $3 million to researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center last month to advance their studies of mesothelioma. The awards were part of the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program funded by the DOD. The University of Hawaii has been a national leader in the study of mesothelioma, which strikes a disproportionate number of military veterans. “We’re grateful that all the work we’ve put into research in the past is being recognized and appreciated,” Dr. Michele Carbone, director of thoracic oncology at the cancer ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 19, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Research & Clinical Trials Source Type: news

Exclusive: Quincy Jones Talks Mesothelioma & Comedy
Standup comedian Quincy Jones lived his dream last week in Los Angeles. Jones, 31, taped an hour-long standup comedy special that will air June 2 at 10 p.m. on HBO. He is living the wish he made after his 2015 peritoneal mesothelioma diagnosis. It was the legacy he wanted to leave when he is gone — making others laugh. Jones, not to be confused with the legendary music producer of the same name, has become an inspirational beacon of hope for mesothelioma patients and survivors everywhere today. He has taken a grim prognosis of one year to live and turned it into an opportunity to inspire others. The stunn...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 15, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Celebrities Source Type: news

Indiana Asbestos Case: Good News for Mesothelioma Patients
The Indiana Supreme Court recently struck down a portion of the state’s Product Liability Act, giving mesothelioma patients more flexibility in filing asbestos-related legal claims against negligent manufacturers. It was a much-needed, long-awaited victory for those stricken by the incurable disease. The ruling, though, still must be finalized, awaiting the court’s decision on whether to rehear the case. The delay stems from a motion filed in March by the state and the defendant. If finalized, as anticipated, the ruling will put Indiana in step with other states that are more receptive to claims from m...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 13, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Legislation, Laws & Litigation Source Type: news

New Immunotherapy Center Raises Hopes for Mesothelioma
Johns Hopkins leaders expect the recently launched Bloomberg–Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in Baltimore will advance treatment for malignant mesothelioma. The future of mesothelioma treatment will arrive quicker now. The institute likely will become America’s research and development centerpiece for immunotherapy, which many cancer experts believe is the future of all cancer treatment. “The potential to control and cure, even the most advanced, treatment-resistant cancers, has been elusive until now,” said Dr. Drew Pardoll, inaugural director of the institute and leading immunot...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 12, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

Children, Teachers Risk Asbestos Exposure in Chicago Schools
Hundreds of students and teachers in nearly 200 Chicago public schools risk exposure to deadly asbestos, a new report shows. The EWG Action Fund study shows Chicago Public School (CPS) officials in 2013 hired inspectors who advised them of the asbestos problems in the schools. Of the 184 elementary, middle and high schools identified as possible exposure risks, only 11 schools had complied with the recommendations, according to a 2015 CPS asbestos surveillance update. That surveillance report shows some schools still had damaged asbestos-containing pipe insulation that “appears to be separating at some places,&...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 7, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Beth Swantek Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

WT1 Vaccine Nears Approval as Second-Line Mesothelioma Treatment
The WT1 vaccine moves closer to becoming the first FDA-approved, second-line treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Kicking off this summer, the phase III clinical trial is expected to build on the recent, impressive success of a phase II trial that helped the vaccine obtain the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s orphan drug designation. “We don’t want to overpromise at this point, but this could be quite exciting,” Dr. Andres Gutierrez, chief medical officer for Sellas Life Sciences Group, the biopharmaceutical company developing the vaccine, told Asbestos.com. “We believe we ar...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 31, 2016 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Research & Clinical Trials Source Type: news