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How to Help Mesothelioma Victims with Palliative Care Decisions


Palliative care is a topic near and dear to my heart for my patients. It provides several options to help cancer patients, especially patients diagnosed with mesothelioma as they focus on maintaining their quality of life.

 

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is an approach to medical care for people with serious diseases, such as mesothelioma, that focuses on providing patients with relief from symptoms, pain and stress. While palliative care can be administered at any time after diagnosis, it is sometimes provided as part of hospice care. The goal of palliative care is usually to increase quality of life for both the patient and their family members.

 

Types of Palliative Care for Mesothelioma Patients

There are three main types of palliative care for mesothelioma patients: chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. All of these treatments are meant to make the patient more comfortable and give them the ability to function on a daily basis as they move into the difficult stages of the fight against mesothelioma.

Chemotherapy can kill off bad cells and shrinks tumor growth.

Radiation can shrink tumors and decrease pain and increases the quality of life. For example, if the patient is experiencing severe chest pain when taking a deep breathe, radiation can help to relieve that pain.… Read the rest

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Join Growing Momentum against So-Called ‘FACT Act’ that Harms Victims of Asbestos-Related Diseases


Momentum is growing against the so-called ‘Fact Act.’ Senate Bill No. 357 is currently being shutterstock_133684073considered by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Nearly 20 national veterans service organizations have added their voices to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and others who have been urging congressional leaders to oppose the bill. If passed into law, the bill would change the federal bankruptcy code to give asbestos companies the ability to delay and deny claims of victims diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases.

Veterans Speak Out against FACT Act

Military veterans are disproportionally affected by asbestos-related diseases. They make up over a third of those diagnosed with mesothelioma. The veterans groups voiced their strong opposition to the bill in a letter to Senators Chuck E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), the chair and ranking member of the committee, where the bill is currently under review.

“This bill is a cynical ploy by the asbestos industry to avoid compensating its victims who are seeking justice in court –many of whom are veterans who were doubly exposed; first while in uniform and when they went to work for companies that knowingly exposed them to the deadly fiber,” the letter stated.Read the rest

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How to Get Involved in World Cancer Day


The goal of World Cancer Day, February 4, is to unite the world in the fight against cancer. All involved hope to save millions and prevent diseases by raising awareness, inspiring education, and pressing governments to take action.

This year’s theme, “We can. I can.” encourages the world to act as a collective or individual to do their part in reduce the global burden of cancer. Our law firm works as a collective to support mesothelioma cancer research. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer, caused by exposure to asbestos, that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart.

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Throughout Simmons Hanly Conroy’s history, we have pledged over $20 million to cancer research and support. Funds donated have helped mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease organizations, such as the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Simmons Cancer Institute, and more.

We give back because our hope is that someday we won’t have any more clients diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. We also believe knowledge is power, so another way we give back is by spreading asbestos awareness. As part of World Cancer Day 2016, we encourage you to share one of these mesothelioma and asbestos facts on Facebook or Twitter, using the official hashtags #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan:  

  • There is no safe level of asbestos exposure
  • Asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis
  • Asbestos kills 30 Americans every day
  • Asbestos is still legal in the United States

No matter the action you take, you’ll be helping to make an impact on World Cancer Day.… Read the rest

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Who Can File a Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Lawsuit?


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If you have lost someone from mesothelioma, we understand you may be facing many challenges, such as coping with grief, taking care of your family, or paying for medical bills and burial expenses.

You may have a legal right to seek justice for your loss and compensation for your pain. Filing a mesothelioma wrongful death lawsuit, can help hold the people who knowingly caused your loved one’s asbestos-related disease accountable.

As a starting point in determining whether filing a wrongful death suit for mesothelioma is the right path for you and your family, answers to common questions are listed below.

 

  1. Who can file a mesothelioma wrongful death lawsuit?

All states allow immediate family members – spouses, parents and children (including adopted) – to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Only in some states, can distant family members such as siblings and grandparents file for wrongful death. Few states will also allow life partners or financial dependents to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

  1. When can I file a mesothelioma wrongful death lawsuit?

There are deadlines associated with filing a mesothelioma lawsuit after someone passes away. These deadlines, called ‘statute of limitations’, are established by state law, so the time allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit varies by state.… Read the rest

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Simmons Hanly Conroy Contributes to Success of 2015 Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes


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With the support of Simmons Hanly Conroy Chairman John Simmons and firm employees, the Metro East Chapter of the American Diabetes Association’s 2015 STEP OUT: Walk to Stop Diabetes raised $158,090.30 to benefit diabetes programs in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. This year’s fundraising amount exceeded the walk’s goal, making it one of the most successful in the nation.

“We can’t thank John Simmons and the staff of Simmons Hanly Conroy enough for their gracious support of the metro East STEP OUT: Walk to Stop Diabetes,” said American Diabetes Association Metro East Manager Rawnie Berry. “The firm has long been a supporter of the Metro East Walk as a Presenting Sponsor and Corporate Walk Team.  For the past several years Chris Levy, Kim Galanti, and Liz Whitehead have raised over $1,000, earning each the title of ‘Walk Champion’. The fundraising success we have achieved year after year has a lot to do with the firm’s unwavering support.”

More than 680 people walked in this year’s event, with 124 teams aiding in fundraising efforts. The firm’s team, led by mesothelioma attorney Chris Levy, raised nearly $6,000 to benefit diabetes research. Berry recently presented John Simmons with a plaque and Chris, Kim, and Liz with champion T-shirts and medals, to recognize their contributions to the 2015 Walk to Stop Diabetes.… Read the rest

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