In the world of mesothelioma research, there are both unexpected victories and devastating disappointments, and sometimes those disparate results can occur while examining the same treatment protocol. An example of this was seen recently in the Lume-Meso study of a new medication, the kinase inhibitor nintedanib. Nintedanib had previously delivered highly promising results in a phase 2 trial that combined it with the standard mesothelioma chemotherapy treatment of pemetrexed/cisplatin. Unfortunately, a report delivered during the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer’s 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer revealed that once the study had moved on to the protocols involving a larger group of participants, the previous results were contradicted, with scientists involved finding that the combination of medications provided none of the survival benefit that had previously been seen.
Month: September 2018
When Shana Maurer learned that the apartment where she lived and worked had been contaminated with asbestos and the landlord had done nothing to warn residents, one of her first thoughts was of malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Now the young woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Commons at Sylvan Highlands, accusing them of failure to disclose that the luxury apartment units contained a significant health hazard.
Residents and former employees alike are voicing mesothelioma concerns after a lawsuit has accused a Portland property management of covering up their mismanagement of in-place asbestos in a building under renovation. The lawsuit has been filed by two former employees, who are charging Tandem Property Management with conspiracy and wrongful termination: they are seeking $40 million in damages. read more
Over the years, Americans have come to understand that profit-motivated asbestos manufacturers chose to put millions of people at risk for malignant mesothelioma. As victims have come forward and sought justice they have been awarded multi-million dollar verdicts by juries intent on sending a message to corporations, warning them not to put human health at risk again. Despite the strength of this lesson, many companies have continued to take chances with our health, failing to guard against lethal contaminations and shoddy quality practices: now there is a question as to whether supplement manufacturers selling “healthy” products are among them.
When a person who has been exposed to asbestos is diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, their entire world turns upside down. Suddenly, everything is focused on the disease, its treatment, and its affect on your family. Whether you’ve chosen an aggressive approach to your cancer or opted for palliative care designed to provide you with the greatest possible quality of life and relief from pain, at some point your actual cancer treatment will come to an end, and for many that eventuality can be difficult to deal with. As much as you may long for the day of your last chemotherapy session, for many the end of treatment represents a loss: it is easy to establish relationships with those who have been providing you care, and the end of treatment can feel like giving up. Mesothelioma is an emotionally challenging disease, and if you are struggling with feelings of fear, frustration, anxiety or grief, there is plenty of help available to you. Here are a few helpful hints for dealing with your stress. read more
Though there are still lingering concerns about mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to hand off its responsibilities for decontaminating homes in the Libby, Montana area, entrusting that job to state and local entities so that they can move on to the next step of the Superfund project: cleaning up the vermiculite mine that was the original source of the problem. Libby is the site of one of the worst environmental disasters in American history. W. R. Grace & Company mined for vermiculite in the area for years, negligently exposing its workers and the entire community to the carcinogenic asbestos that contaminated the mine. The material saturated the town and its surroundings, as it was dumped into the air and transported via open trucks and rail cars through residential neighborhoods. read more
Ask any mesothelioma victim about their biggest concerns or stressors as they deal with this rare and fatal form of cancer, and you’re likely to hear a long and painful list. High on that list will be the devastating costs of the various drugs that they need to help fend off their cancer’s growth and improve the quality of their life. In acknowledgement of this issue and with hopes that they will be able to effect change, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued a position statement decrying several practices of pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) companies which they say may get in the way of patients being able to take advantage of the drugs that are offered in a timely way or in a way that maximizes the drugs’ benefits. read more
While the United States deals with the looming threat of changes to its asbestos laws, our neighbors to the north in British Columbia provide a cautionary tale about the risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. A single asbestos abatement company, BCS Contracting Ltd., has recently been fined $628,034 in fines as a result of violating asbestos regulations, bring the company’s total administrative penalties to over $1 million. While actions like these have resulted in work stoppages and financial woes, the more important impact has come with the deaths caused by exposure to asbestos: in the year 2017, there were 70 work-related deaths attributed to asbestos exposure, with 31 of them specifically affecting those in the construction industry. read more