As if being diagnosed with mesothelioma wasn’t bad enough, veterans who have been diagnosed with the disease are being warned against companies making false promises of cures for their disease. These U.S.-based manufacturers and marketers are taking advantage of the sense of grief and desperation felt by mesothelioma patients and their families, offering untested and potentially dangerous potions that provide no therapeutic benefit.
Mesothelioma patients and their loved ones need to be aware of the more than 65 products whose manufacturers have been sent letters by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, warning them to stop their illegal practice of selling untested products and making unproven anti-cancer claims. According to Douglas W. Stern, director of the FDA’s Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, “We encourage people to remain vigilant whether online or in a store, and avoid purchasing products marketed to treat cancer without any proof they will work. Patients should consult a health care professional about proper prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.”
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare and fatal form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. It generally strikes its victims decades after they have been exposed to the carcinogenic material, usually at a time when they are retired and truly enjoying their time with family and friends. Once they are told of the lack of a cure and the grim prognosis that their disease carries, many turn to the internet looking for alternative answers. Though there are numerous complementary treatments that can offer improved quality of life and pain reduction – including hypnosis, yoga, acupuncture and meditation – the products that are being sold by the companies being targeted by the FDA are little more than snake oil being sold by charlatans looking to make a profit off of other people’s pain.
The FDA has specifically named several of the so-called cures that are being sold in hopes that people will watch out for them and report them where they are seen for sale. Some of them include an herbal tea called Essiac made by a company called Sunstone; products sold by BioStar Technology including Reviving, and products that are claiming to prevent or treat cancer, including Cell Assure, Levodyn, and Landis Revin LLC’s Revinol enzyme supplements.
If you are a veteran who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma there are treatments available that can help relieve your pain. There are also resources that can provide you and your family with relief from your financial concerns. For more information, contact us at 1-800-726-7245.
At the recent meeting of the Conference to the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention, held in Geneva, Switzerland, representatives from 157 countries urged the inclusion of asbestos on the organization’s list of Hazardous Materials. Despite the fact that the material is known to be the cause of malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and other serious and fatal diseases, seven member countries that are among the world’s largest exporter of the deadly mineral refused to accede. There are fears that their position will put millions of lives at continued risk.
Asbestos is a mineral that has long been used in construction and industrial settings. In the United States it was used extensively in military settings in the years immediately preceding and following World War II, and this has led to many veterans of all of America’s service branches having been exposed to the risk of serious illness. Malignant mesothelioma is one of the most deadly consequences of exposure to asbestos: approximately 3,000 Americans die of the disease every year, with another 10,000 dying of other asbestos-related diseases, and roughly one third of those are veterans.
According to the rules of the Rotterdam Convention, in order for a substance to be named to the organization’s hazardous materials list there must be unanimous agreement, and at the 2017 meeting there were seven countries that withheld their consent. These seven were Russia, Kazakhstan, Zimbabwe, India, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and Syria. Russia is currently the world’s largest producer of the mineral, exporting nearly 2.2 million metric tons in 2016. There is discussion among member countries about changing their voting rules and requirements in order to allow the other 150 countries that make up the global organization to take action against asbestos imports.
Though most countries have banned the use of asbestos, some have not – including the United States. The continued strength of the asbestos industry in our country has led to a great deal of preventable sickness and death. If you are a veteran who was sickened after exposure to asbestos, you may be eligible for special benefits, as well as to file a lawsuit against the companies that provided the government with this dangerous material. For more information, contact us at 1-800-726-7245
There are untold number of U.S. veterans who were exposed to asbestos during their years of service in the Navy, the Army, the Air Force, the Marines, and the Coast Guard. No matter what branch of service, they were likely to have worked in buildings that used asbestos in their construction, been transported in vehicles that used it in their fabrication and parts, and even been clothed in uniforms that used asbestos as part of their protective insulating layer. Though the use of the carcinogenic material has been discontinued today, the military’s extensive use of asbestos has led to veterans making up approximately one third of all mesothelioma victims. For those who have not yet been diagnosed, every cough and pain triggers a sense of fear and alarm. That is one of the reasons that researchers are working so diligently to find better ways to diagnose this rare and fatal form of cancer.
Though there has been no cure found for the treatment of mesothelioma, there is evidence that the earlier it is diagnosed, the more effective treatment can be and the longer a patient’s survival time can be. That is why studies like the one recently announced in the journal Cellular Oncology are so encouraging. Researchers examining the use of pleural effusions in diagnosing disease have found that those patients who do have pleural mesothelioma have a higher number of a specific type of cells within both the pleural effusion and peripheral blood found in their lung cavities, and this discovery may lead to both faster diagnosis and treatment and more accurate ability to provide patients with a prognosis of their particular situation.
When veterans have been diagnose with mesothelioma, they have a number of important decisions that they need to make, including what type of treatment they should pursue, whether to pursue legal action against the asbestos companies that provided the military with the asbestos-contaminated parts, or whether to simply file a claim against the asbestos bankruptcy trusts that have been set up to provide compensation to those who have been most affected. If you are uncertain as to which course of action is best for you, our mesothelioma professionals can help. Contact us today at 1-800-726-7245 to learn more about the support we can provide to those who have served.
Veterans of America’s military service are disproportionately represented among the country’s mesothelioma victims. According to experts, roughly one out of every three mesothelioma patients served in the military, with the majority having served in the U.S. Navy. There is good reason for this: the Navy’s ships as well as most of the military’s other forms of transportation, weaponry, administrative buildings and other supplies were fabricated using asbestos, the mineral that is the single identified cause of this rare and fatal form of cancer. Living in close quarters in these environments and working with these contaminated materials on a daily basis, our service men and women were breathing in asbestos fibers constantly.
Most of those who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma do not have their disease identified until they are in their “golden years”. This is because the condition has a long latency period. It takes decades before the symptoms of the disease begin to appear, and often takes additional time for mesothelioma to be diagnosed. This means that by the time doctors and patients know what they are dealing with, the mesothelioma tumors have often spread and are extremely difficult to treat effectively. Most patients die within two years of being diagnosed.
In light of this, and facing the often difficult and debilitating treatment options available, veterans with mesothelioma find themselves questioning whether it makes sense to pursue an aggressive medical battle. Many opt for the medical treatments that will provide them with the greatest pain relief, leaving them to enjoy the time they have left with a higher quality of life rather than quantity.
When veterans with mesothelioma make this choice, their family members need to continue offering them support and love. These men and women have already faced enough battles during their years of service. If they are choosing peace in their final days, the decision deserves respect.
In addition to respect and admiration, veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases may be entitled to compensation for the harm that has been done to them. For more information about the benefits that may be available to you, contact us today at 1-800-726-7245 to set up a free consultation. We are here to help you through this difficult time.
Victims of mesothelioma aren’t among those you’d usually expect to be celebrating National Cancer Survivor’s Day: after all, the rare form of cancer is always considered a fatal diagnosis. But according to Dr. Namrata Patel, Medical Director of New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, survivorship means more than just going into remission. “The term is commonly thought of as being ‘disease free’ following the treatment of cancer,” he says. “But in reality, it refers to anyone with cancer from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Survivorship also takes into consideration the people surrounding the patient – spouses, family members, friends and caregivers – who are all affected and play a role in the patient’s health and wellbeing.”
Based on that definition, it’s no wonder that veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma take the opportunity for recognition at this global event. They are already deserving of recognition for having provided service to their country, and are even more entitled to our admiration and support for what they are now having to endure.
One of the most challenging aspects of a mesothelioma diagnosis is the simple knowledge that the condition was entirely preventable, and that companies that supplied the military used asbestos in the fabrication of their parts and equipment. In many cases the manufacturers were well aware of the dangers posed by the carcinogenic material, yet chose profits over people, hoping that their acts would never be discovered. When the facts were revealed about their having willfully ignored the dangers of the mineral, many have been held legally responsible for the damages that they’ve caused.
If you are a veteran who has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. We are here to help you understand your options and facilitate your getting the benefits you deserve. Contact us today at 1-800-726-7245 to speak to a friendly advisor who can give you the information you need.
When a veteran is diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, they have to face a number of harsh realities and make some important decisions. In addition to finding the right physician and treatment protocol, they also need to think about protecting their family’s future, and this often means filing a mesothelioma lawsuit against those responsible. Though veterans are often able to secure generous jury awards from those who exposed them to asbestos, their path to justice is often complicated by asbestos companies claiming that they are exempt from legal responsibility because they were providing materials needed by the government. The justice system has largely dismissed these claims and overruled these arguments, but that doesn’t make them any less frustrating. A similar situation arose recently in a Pennsylvania court room involving a school teacher who was exposed to asbestos in her classroom. The school district argued that they were immune from prosecution because of their position as a government entity, but the court struck down their argument and the case will proceed.
The case in question involved Mrs. Marianne M. Geier, who died of malignant mesothelioma in 2016. She was diagnosed with the disease in 2013, and specifically remembered that during the single year that she taught math at the South High School in the Pittsburgh School District, she had a floor-to-ceiling steam pipe in her classroom that was covered with a protective fitting. That fitting and other areas of the school building required repairs, and the school hallways were frequently littered with bags of asbestos joint compound. She also remembered that the asbestos would get on her clothes and desk during the school year. The school argued that there are only a few exemptions that would allow them – as a government entity – to be held responsible for her illness and that those exemptions did not apply.
Upon hearing both sides of the argument, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decided against the school district and in favor of the deceased and her family. The case will proceed and the victims will be able to pursue the justice and compensation that they deserve.
It is easy to be intimidated by the idea of a legal battle against a big company or organization, but veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma have the law on their side. With the help of an experienced mesothelioma attorney, you can pursue justice and financial compensation that will secure your family’s financial future. Call the attorneys at Veterans Mesothelioma Benefits Center today. Call us today at 1-800-726-7245