Veterans diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma have learned the hard way that their disease is a result of military suppliers having covered up the dangers of the asbestos that contaminated their products. Though many believe that type of behavior ended when victims began winning multi-million dollar verdicts when the sued those responsible for their illnesses, news out of Portland, Oregon shows that this type of behavior is continuing to this day. The suit has been filed by Khataun Thompson and his fiancee, Alyssa DeWeese, both of whom were terminated by Tandem Property Management. The two are charging the company with attempting to cover up their mishandling of asbestos during a renovation in an apartment complex.
Veterans who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma know all too well that America’s companies have a history of covering up the presence of asbestos in their products. From the “greatest generation” forward to veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, those who served were exposed to asbestos in applications ranging from the ships in which they served to the uniforms that they wore. The asbestos-related diseases that they are suffering from as a result were entirely preventable, and have changed their lives forever. Yet despite the lessons that should have been learned from their tragedy, many companies continue to allow asbestos to contaminate their products today. Making things worse, these are products that people actually consume – supplements.
If you’re a veteran who has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, you’re well aware that the rare form of cancer has a grim prognosis. In the face of a terminal diagnosis, some patients choose to battle on, trying to defeat their disease and prolong their lives as long as possible, while others surrender to the inevitable. One way or another, there is a good chance that you’re going to undergo certain medical treatments, whether they are meant to hold the disease back or simply provide you with relief from pain. These treatments can go on for quite a long time, and become such a regular part of a mesothelioma patient’s life that when treatment ends, many patients find themselves feeling adrift. If you are having trouble coping with your treatment coming to an end, here are some tips for how to address your stress and make sure you have the support you need. Continue reading
America’s veterans who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma know now what they wish they had known during their years of service: working and living in close proximity to asbestos puts you at significant risk of serious illness. Where those members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard were unknowingly exposed to the fatal carcinogen, the same cannot be said of those who are currently living in the Libby, Montana area. Libby is the site of one of the worst asbestos contamination disasters in United States history: after the W. R. Grace and Co. vermiculite mine sent asbestos into the area’s environment for decades, there were hundreds of deaths and thousands who were sickened. The Environmental Protection Agency has spent the last twenty years attempting to clean up the asbestos that contaminated homes, and is now nearing the end of that phase of their efforts.
Veterans who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and other cancers will be quick to tell you that the cost of the prescription medications that they need to survive represent one of the most stressful aspects of their care. The costs of cancer medications are an issue of national importance, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is stepping into the battle, issuing a policy statement warning that pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) companies are pursuing actions that are working against the better interests of cancer patients. Continue reading
Despite the fact that British Columbia, a province in Canada, has a population of just 4.8 million, the area suffers a remarkably high number of work-related mesothelioma and other asbestos-related deaths. According to WorkSafe BC, the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia tasked with trying to effect change and protect current and future workers, there were 70 work-related deaths from asbestos exposure in 2017 alone, and 31 of those affected workers in the construction industry.
Mesothelioma is a rare and fatal form of cancer that has disproportionately affected veterans and those in the working trades, and in large part this is because those who controlled their work environments failed to protect them against exposure to asbestos. Though this was particularly true in the years prior to the 1970s, when asbestos manufacturers knew that the material was dangerous but chose to keep the information a secret, the practice continues today, with unethical employers ignoring regulations on how asbestos should be handled in order to boost their profits and cut costs. A recent example of this can be found in the case of Florida developer Philip J. Farley III, who has been convicted of negligently causing the release of asbestos and placing his employees in “imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury” after having unskilled laborers tear out asbestos-contaminated ceilings without the benefit of required inspections or the proper protection and training.
When veterans of America’s Armed Forces are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, they often face a difficult choice: seek medical treatment from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), where their expenses will be covered, or seek more cutting edge, innovative treatments from state-of-the-art medical centers that hold the promise of longer survival times and better quality of life. Now, thanks to an agreement between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the VA, the decision about where to go for care is a whole lot easier: the two organizations have announced a deal specifically designed to facilitate veterans’ ability to access those trials at twelve veterans’ centers located across the United States.
If you’re a veteran who has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, chances are that you remember the day you got the news as if it was only yesterday. When you look back on that day and set aside the message itself, what do you remember about the way it was communicated to you? Was the doctor sympathetic? Did they take their time when they told you, answering all of your questions in a patient and respectful way? Or did they rush, leaving you reeling and alone. Was the moment private or did you feel that you were constantly being interrupted, dismissed, and left to do your own research? These questions are the reason why Mesothelioma UK, a United Kingdom-based charity geared towards supporting those with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, funded a recent study. the RADIO Meso study’s entire purpose is to improve the way that doctors communicate the frightening diagnosis of mesothelioma to their patients. Continue reading
When well-known people are diagnosed with a disease, it tends to shine a brighter line and raise heightened awareness, and the rare form of cancer known as malignant mesothelioma is no exception. Though there have been internationally-renowned celebrities like Steve McQueen and Warren Zevon whose asbestos-related illnesses have gotten a lot of attention, the impact of a diagnosis being revealed can also be great when the victim is a local celebrity. That is what has happened in Jefferson Parish in New Orleans, where long-time Parish Council member and Housing Authority member Jimmy Lawson was diagnosed less than a year ago. Continue reading