Veterans with Mesothelioma Should Discuss Aspirin Use with Physicians

Malignant mesothelioma is a deadly disease that has taken an inordinate toll on the community of veterans as a result of the military’s extensive use of products contaminated with the mineral asbestos. But the rare form of cancer is far from the only affliction that veterans face. A recent study conducted by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital has found that a treatment commonly prescribed to prevent one illness may actually make your risk for mesothelioma worse. Continue reading

Impact of Family on Mesothelioma Patient Decisions and Wellbeing

For veterans diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and other life-threatening illnesses, family is one of the most consequential  elements in their treatment and wellbeing. According to a study published in the journal BMC Palliative Care, family members become companions and caregivers, and the greater their role in the decision-making process, the better and more confident patients seem to feel. Continue reading

Veterans’ Physicians Fear Decline in Mesothelioma Diagnoses Due to Pandemic

The global pandemic has been with us for over a year, and one of its most concerning impacts has been a decrease in cancer diagnoses, including the diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma. The reason for this is not that mesothelioma is no longer with us – instead, it is a function of patients not being seen or screened with the same regularity that they were prior to the threat of COVID-19. With early diagnosis being so important to overall survival and effective treatment, physicians who treat America’s veterans are growing increasingly concerned. Continue reading

Veterans with Mesothelioma Encouraged by New COVID-19 Vaccine Bill

The entire world is concerned about coronavirus, and none more so than those already weakened by other illnesses. For veterans with malignant mesothelioma, the risk posed by the virus makes an already tenuous condition even more frightening, so news that Congress is considering a bill that would speed the COVID-19 vaccine to all veterans and most of their caregivers represents extremely welcome news. Continue reading

Lessons Learned During Service Help Veterans with Mesothelioma

When a veteran of America’s Armed Forces is diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, their response will be intensely personal, with some feeling fear, others grief, and others focusing their attention on the concerns of their families. In many cases the shock of the situation is quickly overtaken by resolve, with veterans turning to the training and education gained during their years in the military to help them get through the challenges of the days ahead. Continue reading

Thorough CT Scan Recommended for Vets Suspected of Having Mesothelioma

The extensive use of asbestos in military settings has led to an increased probability that veterans will be diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. As a result, when a veteran who served between World War II and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars presents with symptoms suggestive of the rare asbestos-related disease, they are immediately put through a battery of tests designed to quickly diagnose their illness so that treatment can begin. A recent study conducted in the United Kingdom has made clear that the CT scan of the chest that is frequently ordered needs to be more thorough. Researchers from the University of Bristol have found that by requesting a scan that includes the pelvis, physicians are able to better identify the full extent of the cancer’s spread. Continue reading

Chinese Researchers Develop Blood Test That May Spot Mesothelioma Early

At this point, most veterans who served in the years between World War II and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are well aware that they are at risk for malignant mesothelioma, the rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. For those who fall into this category, the helpfulness of knowing you’re at risk is offset by a sense of dread, as though they are living with a time bomb in their body. But a group of Chinese researchers believe that they have developed a quick blood test that can spot the deadly cancer long before symptoms appear. Continue reading

BASF Scientist’s Daughter’s Testimony Leads to $72.5 Million Mesothelioma Settlement

After nearly thirty years of denying the presence of asbestos in their talc, chemical giant BASF has agreed to pay $72.5 million to victims diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. According to a statement provided by the company’s law firm, the agreement will provide compensation to thousands of people who have previously sought justice after having been exposed to the carcinogenic material. Continue reading

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Best Assessed through Magnetic Resonance Imaging

When a veteran is diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, it usually appears in either their chest cavity (pleural mesothelioma) or their abdominal cavity (peritoneal mesothelioma).  Peritoneal mesothelioma is diagnosed in less than 20% of cases, and patients with that form of the disease generally live far longer than do those with pleural mesothelioma. Much of the difference between survival time is a result of the difference in available treatments: peritoneal mesothelioma can be removed through a combination of surgery and chemotherapy known as HIPEC, which delivers very good results. A new study has concluded that the best way to prepare for this surgery is through magnetic resonance imaging, a diagnostic tool deemed more accurate in its ability to reveal the spread of mesothelioma tumors. Continue reading