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Researchers Discuss Developments in Mesothelioma Treatments

by Staff | April 22nd, 2015

There’s a deadly form of cancer that is diagnosed in roughly 3,000 Americans each year and it’s called mesothelioma. Development of the disease is typically the result of exposure to asbestos. Despite there being no known cure for the disease just yet, many experts believe that could soon change.

Several new treatments are being developed that could significantly reduce the mortality rate of mesothelioma. An article released in the most recent issue of the Cancer Management and Research journal touched on a few of the most promising of these developing treatments.

Researchers explain that currently, a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery is used to battle the tumors that are caused by mesothelioma. In the future though, the treatments that are utilized could be much different. These new treatments include the use of:

  • Use of Growth-Inhibiting Antibodies- The expression of certain receptors can allow certain malignant cancers to grow uncontrollably. Now, scientists are examining the use of antibodies that can block these receptors from expressing themselves.
  • Vaccines- Teams are currently developing a drug, known as CRS-27, which could prevent patients from developing mesothelioma.
  • Gene Therapy– Researchers have been able to identify certain genetic anomalies that are linked to the development of mesothelioma. Now, they are working to block or correct these anomalies before the disease can develop.
  • Cryotherapy– This treatment uses extreme cold to freeze and kill cancerous cells and masses.

Despite what therapy is used to treat mesothelioma, it can be extremely expensive. Financial assistance for treatment is often available for victims of mesothelioma, but the process of securing such compensation can be complex. That’s why it’s important to have legal representation by your side through each step of the process.

Our Terre Haute personal injury attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are well versed in handling mesothelioma cases and we are here to answer any questions you may have regarding your condition and how the law applies to it. Call us anytime at (800) 477-7315 to speak with a member of our legal staff.

 

 

New, Less Invasive Mesothelioma Testing Procedures Use Ultrasound

by Staff | November 26th, 2014

Estimates show that roughly 11 million Americans have been exposed to a dangerous chemical fiber known as asbestos. Of those individuals, it’s estimated that as many as 10 percent will develop a deadly form of cancer—known as mesothelioma.

While there is currently no cure for the disease, treatment options are available and new tests have made these methods more effective. A report released by the organization, MesotheliomaHelp.org, explains that in previous years surgeons had to create incisions on the patient’s body to determine the extent and stage of mesothelioma. Now though, doctors are using ultrasound to examine a patients’ conditions.

When an endobronchial ultrasound is performed, an endoscope is equipped with an ultrasound processor and inserted into a patient’s throat and down the esophagus. This allows the doctor to take a closer look at the patient’s lymph nodes and airways. An endoscopic ultrasound can also be performed to obtain clearer images of areas of the body that may be affected by mesothelioma.

It’s important to remember that these procedures can be expensive. If you’ve developed mesothelioma , you may be able to hold the responsible parties accountable for these costs. But the process of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit be complicated, and it may be wise to speak with a qualified attorney about your legal rights to compensation.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’re here to help. Our multidistrict litigation lawyers want to answer your questions about filing a mesothelioma claim. Call us anytime—day or night—at (800) 477-7315 to discuss your case.