Action by Mesothelioma Advocates Leads to Court Ordering Asbestos Data Collection

The Environmental Protection Agency’s mission is to protect human health and the environment, but recent actions surrounding asbestos have led many mesothelioma advocates to doubt their pursuit of that goal. After the agency refused to collect data on asbestos imports into the United States, advocacy groups pushed back and pursued legal action. This week a federal judge handed down his decision, requiring the EPA to comply with their request. Continue reading

Researchers Focus on Pain Following Mesothelioma Treatment

Most veterans who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma will be treated using a combination of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy. It is an unfortunate fact of cancer treatment that some of the most effective protocols come with painful side effects. While most people are familiar with the nausea and hair loss that accompany chemotherapy, those adverse effects tend to be temporary, but neuropathy – a sensation of pain, tingling and weakness – can be long lasting. Though physicians have long thought this effect was caused by physical damage to the cell, researchers from Georgia Tech have just completed a study that may point to something else going on, and that new understanding may lead to relief. Continue reading

COVID-19 and Cancer: Mesothelioma Doctors Express Concern

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on the lives of Americans from all walks of life, but a recently presented study has indicated that those being treated for malignant mesothelioma are at particularly high risk for death. This is of particular concern to veterans diagnosed with the disease after years of exposure during their service. Continue reading

Veterans with Mesothelioma May Benefit from Specialized Radiation Therapy

Malignant mesothelioma is one of the most difficult types of cancer to treat. The rare and fatal disease is caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral that many veterans were exposed to during their time in the service, and as a result those who served in our country’s armed forces represent a disproportionate number of those diagnosed with the disease. Though surgery is frequently offered as part of a multi-modality treatment, there are some patients whose disease is diagnosed too late for their tumors to be effectively or completely removed. A recent study out of Turkey has shown that for these patients, a specialized type of radiation therapy may provide them with longer survival times than had previously been possible. Continue reading

New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling Will Impact Veterans’ Mesothelioma Claims

In a landmark ruling that is likely to have a significant effect on mesothelioma claims filed in the future, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently decided that original equipment manufacturers could be held legally responsible for the damage caused by asbestos-contaminated replacement parts required for their products to continue operating. Though this lawsuit named Ford Motor Company as the defendant, the decision will undoubtedly be applied to future claims filed by veterans exposed to asbestos-contaminated parts during their time of service. Continue reading

Veterans at Risk for Mesothelioma Also Fear COVID-19

When you served in the U.S. Armed Forces, you knew your life was at risk, but at no point did the risks you imagined include either malignant mesothelioma or COVID-19. Now, depending on where and when you served, if you’re a veteran you are currently at risk for both. That’s because people with a known exposure to asbestos — the carcinogen that was frequently used in military applications in the years between World War II and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars — are at greater risk of dying from both of these illnesses. Continue reading

Veterans with Mesothelioma May Benefit from Newly Announced Grants

Patients diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma can gain remarkable benefits from participating in innovative cancer clinical trials, but veterans of America’s Armed Forces often find it difficult to access these studies. Now, the charity arm of the SWOG Cancer Research Network has announced that it is awarding two grants specifically dedicated to addressing these challenges and paving the way for military veterans to become involved. Continue reading

Beyond Mesothelioma – Asbestos Dangers Continue to be Identified

Though it has been well established that exposure to asbestos causes malignant mesothelioma — the rare and deadly form of cancer that has affected so many of America’s veterans — it appears there’s more to be learned about the material’s deadly effects. A group of researchers recently concluded that asbestos is the cause of many different types of cancer, and may exacerbate the risk of lung cancer in those who use tobacco products. Continue reading

Danish Study Confirms High Risk of Mesothelioma for Naval Veterans and Shipbuilders

In the United States, Navy veterans represent a significant proportion of the 3,500 people diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma each year. The reason for this overrepresentation has long been known: They were exposed to asbestos while either working onboard Navy ships or helping to fabricate them. A scientific study that was recently published by the Danish Cancer Society has echoed this knowledge, confirming that those working in the maritime industry in the Nordic regions have higher risks for mesothelioma and two other types of cancers than do individuals who work in other occupations or environments. Continue reading