1/20/12: Mesothelioma & Asbestos News Report

As part of our commitment to helping families affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, the mesothelioma lawyers at the Firm are offering information on asbestos exposure, mesothelioma diagnosis, and treatment options.

  • Potential Therapy for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma:
    A chemotherapy drug has been granted Orphan Drug Designation for the possible treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. As a ‘novel synthetic compound,’ the drug, CBP501, has been approved for use in combination with Cisplatin. Phase II of this trial was completed in October 2011 and approved in January. Results of this trial should be released this summer, and they may lead to a larger phase III trial.
  • ATSDR: Guide on Asbestos Exposure:
    The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) offers information on asbestos, asbestos exposure, and asbestos related illness. This guide from the ASTDR is intended to help people understand the types of illnesses asbestos may cause and provide advice on where to look for additional help and information.
  • ADAO Goes To Washington:
    The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) will hold an educational senate briefing, Asbestos: The Impact on Public Health, the Environment, and the Economy. In addition to the briefing, the group of ADAO representatives will meet with government officials with the hopes of offering critical asbestos information, encouraging bipartisan collaboration, and addressing the threat of asbestos.
  • Mesothelioma Treatment Research:
    Researchers at the Asbestos Disease Research Institute in Sydney, Australia are reporting that they may have found a possible “Tumor Marker” in patients suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos related cancers. These markers, which are found in blood or tumor tissues, may offer evidence as to how aggressive the disease is, which in turn may ultimately offer insight into better treatment options.
  • Asbestos Found in Nursing Home:
    Parts of a Lehigh Valley, PA nursing home have been shut down after officials discovered high levels of asbestos. While the material was not found to be airborne in any of the patients’ rooms, the nursing home’s maintenance shop, carpenter shop, break room and a storage room have tested positive.
  • Asbestos Removal Complete at DOE Site in Ohio:
    A project to remove asbestos from a Department of Energy (DOE) process building near Piketon, OH has been completed. The removal process was the first step in a decontamination and decommissioning process that will result in the demolition of the building.

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