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Recent Posts About Mesothelioma

  • The Four Types of Mesothelioma

    Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is resistant to heat, fire, and other chemicals. There are four types of mesothelioma: lung, abdomen, heart, and testicular. Lung: Pleural Mesothelioma The most common type of mesothelioma, accounting for nearly 75% of all mesothelioma diagnoses. Pleural mesothelioma develops in the ...
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  • Top 5 Cancer Developments of 2016

    We constantly update our blog to highlight new breakthroughs and developments in cancer treatment that would be useful for our clients. This week, our cancer lawyers looked at this year's news and picked out the five advances we thought were the most important. 1. Immunotherapy Emerges as Breakthrough Treatment For lung and bladder cancer patients particularly, immunotherapy promises a new and ...
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  • How Lawyers Defend Asbestos Companies

    It is our mission as lung cancer and mesothelioma lawyers to make sure our clients understand the legal process. Asbestos litigation is complex, but we take great pride in how comfortable our clients are asking questions about any topic related to their case. In this post, we want to shed light on an issue that is rarely discussed but is extremely important in understanding lung cancer, ...
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  • New Types of Cancer Centers Find Success

    A new, alternative cancer center model is gaining popularity and attracting established doctors and researchers throughout the country. The hybrid approach combines local access to clinical trials and more multi-disciplinary care than traditional settings. Our team of lung cancer lawyers explores this new model and describes five of the most successful centers to date. These new cancer centers are ...
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  • World Cancer Day 2016

    Our lung cancer and mesothelioma lawyers announce our support and engagement in World Cancer Day 2016. This day is an opportunity to raise awareness about known carcinogens, lifestyle factors, cancer research and new treatments. For more information on this effort, visit World Cancer Day'€™s website, here . Yesterday, President Obama signed a directive kicking off the National Cancer Moonshot , ...
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  • How We Compare to Other Countries in End-of-Life Cancer Care

    We recently wrote on the importance of discussing end-of-life wishes for cancer patients and their families. A new study on this topic examines the reality of end-of-life care in the United States and how it compares to other countries. Our team of lung cancer and mesothelioma attorneys details this new study below. The study compared cancer patients in their finals months of life in seven ...
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  • Third Wave of Asbestos Disease Hits American Workers

    Asbestos is an internationally-recognized carcinogen, known to cause fatal forms of cancer in any amount of exposure. In 2006, the World Health Organization called for elimination of all asbestos uses. The International Commission on Occupational Health has also called for a global ban on the mining, sale, and use of all asbestos. Our team of mesothelioma lawyers investigates why the United States ...
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  • Caterpillar Construction Company to pay $4.5 Million Asbestos Verdict

    Peoria-based construction vehicle company Caterpillar, or CAT, was recently hit with a $4.5 million jury verdict over its asbestos-containing products. The lawsuit was filed by the wife of a man diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Our team of mesothelioma lawyers details this case below. Edwin Estenson was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2010 after working on ...
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  • Prehabilitation for Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Patients

    Cancer prehabilitation is a new term referring to medical care that may help newly diagnosed cancer patients prepare for their upcoming treatments. It occurs between the time cancer is diagnosed and the start of treatment. It includes psychological and physical assessments, with the ultimate goal of preventing or reducing long-term problems. Our team of lung cancer lawyers encourages patients to ...
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  • Temporary Citizens Exposed to Asbestos in Workplace

    An Illinois construction company was recently hit with a million-dollar fine for willfully exposing employees to asbestos, many of whom were in the United States on temporary H-2B visas. Kehrer Brothers Construction will pay roughly $1.8 million for exposing at least eight employees to asbestos. Our team of asbestos exposure lawyers reports on this investigation below. Inspectors for the federal ...
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  • End-of-Life Care for Mesothelioma

    Our team of mesothelioma and lung cancer lawyers knows how hard it can be to cope with and discuss a cancer diagnosis, particularly when it concerns such a devastating form. Patients with life-threatening illnesses need to speak openly with their doctors and loved ones about their priorities, treatment goals, fears and ultimate wishes. A new book, Being Mortal , aims to help patients and their ...
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  • Cancer from Asbestos-Containing Talcum Powder

    Talcum powder has recently been linked to ovarian and uterine cancer in women who used the product in the genital area over long periods of time. This has resulted in massive news coverage and multi-million dollar lawsuits against companies like Johnson & Johnson. Lesser known, however, is the potential for talcum powder containing asbestos to cause asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma ...
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  • SSD and SSDI Benefits for Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma Patients

    Hundreds of thousands of Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer and mesothelioma every year, which can make it impossible to earn a living. For this reason, the Social Security Administration offers disability benefits to patients with severe illnesses and injuries. Society security lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm help clients through the process of applying for SSI or SSDI. The list of ...
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  • Pintas & Mullins Applaud Mesothelioma Fighters on Rare Disease Day

    Each year, the last day of February marks Rare Disease Day, which is recognized and celebrated by more than 70 countries worldwide. This year, the seventh international year of recognition, the slogan is “Join Together for Better Care.” Mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm join the European Organization for Rare Diseases (EURODIS) and the international medical community in fighting ...
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  • CDC Admits Polio Vaccine May have been Contaminated with Cancer Virus

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a fact sheet on its website, which it also quickly removed, outlining the contamination of the polio vaccine with a known cancer virus, SV40. SV40 (Simian virus 40) is a polyomavirus found in some species of monkey, and was discovered in 1960. Soon after its discovery, SV40 was found in polio vaccines, which were ...
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  • Minnesota Taconite Workers Mesothelioma Study

    Mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight an extensive study recently conducted by the University of Minnesota that studied the significant ailing of mesothelioma in Iron Range taconite workers. In 2007 it was made public that mesothelioma was striking these miners at twice the average rates, and the new study attempted to find the sources behind this surge. The northeast ...
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  • Mineral Wool and Silica Increases Risk of Mesothelioma

    Mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent study conducted by French researchers, which found that two types of common mineral fibers may increase the risk of mesothelioma. The two fibers, mineral wool and silica, are used abundantly in many of the same industries that used asbestos. Previously, asbestos was the only known cause of mesothelioma, a cancer that develops in ...
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  • The Need to Improve Mesothelioma Litigation

    Victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses have a right to a fair and just trial against the companies that knowingly exposed them to asbestos. Most victims, however, are subjected to drawn-out proceedings, and are never able to obtain justice before their illnesses overtake them. Mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight the story of one man who fought for ...
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  • Low-Dose CT Screening Provides Hope for Early Mesothelioma Detection

    The American Cancer Society, along with the Lunch Cancer Alliance and other medical agencies throughout the country, is now endorsing low-dose CT screening for those at risk for lung cancer. Mesothelioma attorneys hope that this new screening method will help save the lives of asbestos exposure victims through earlier detection. This development was spearheaded by the National Cancer Institute, ...
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  • Compassionate Allowances under Social Security now Includes Mesothelioma

    The Compassionate Allowances system was set up by the U.S. Social Security Administration to provide benefits quickly to those applicants with serious, life threatening medical conditions. Social Security benefits are usually handled on a case-by-case basis, and can take an extended amount of time to gain approval. Compassionate Allowances allow the Administration to target the most clearly ...
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  • High Mortality Cancer Bill Approved by Congress

    A new bill was recently signed into law addressing the need for research development for high mortality cancers. Mesothelioma attorneys commend Congress for passing the High Mortality Cancer Bill, which gives priority status to pancreatic and lung cancer research, and provides much-needed hope for its victims. This bill is the first of its kind, recognizing the immense need for comprehensive ...
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  • Developer Admits Guilt in Asbestos Case

    Recently, Corvallis Gazette-Times reported that an Oregon land developer pleaded guilty to a single count of negligent endangerment for releasing large amounts of asbestos into the air, endangering site workers and the surrounding community. The developer, who was attempting to redevelop a sawmill in Albany, OR, admitted to permitting an unlicensed contractor to demolish buildings on-site, causing ...
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  • Pennsylvania Company to Comply with EPA Asbestos Requests

    A news release from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that property owners in Pennsylvania willingly complied with EPA officials in their attempts to protect the surrounding public from asbestos dangers at the property site. The owners, Legacy Landings, consented to appropriately clean up and get rid of asbestos containing material contaminating structures on the ...
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  • A New Way to ‘Calculate’ Mesothelioma Survival

    Experienced mesothelioma attorneys know that mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases can be devastating to victims and their loved ones. Much of the research in this field focuses on different ways to lessen the heavy impact of the disease and the treatment on the individual, rather than on an outright cure which is not yet possible in most cases, particularly if the disease is detected ...
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  • ‘Electronic Nose’ Provides Hope for Early Mesothelioma Detection

    Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have developed a breath test to help diagnose malignant mesothelioma. Australia has one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world, after the United States and Western Europe, and the second highest age-adjusted mortality rate. Certain studies suggest that for every four recorded mesothelioma cases, at least one goes unreported. This ...
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