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Experimental Mesothelioma Drug Seeks Orphan Drug Status

In Massachusetts, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of new cancer drugs recently announced that it is seeking orphan drug designation in the U.S. and in Europe for the use of VS-6063 to treat mesothelioma. If the drug is designated an orphan drug, exclusivity will be granted to the manufacturer for the use of their drug to treat a specific condition for seven years after...

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Pain Doesnt have to be Part of Mesothelioma

Doctors and patients alike will agree that mesothelioma is a painful form of cancer. The amount and placement of pain a patient experiences is related to the type and location of his or her mesothelioma. More than 50 percent of pleural mesothelioma patients suffer from chest pain, while many peritoneal mesothelioma patients have pain in the abdomen. In addition to the pain caused by the actual...

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Yearly Chest X-Rays to Detect Mesothelioma

According to a respected mesothelioma doctor, hundreds of lives could be saved if people who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace underwent annual chest X-rays. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer that affects the membranes that surround the lungs, heart, and abdominal organs. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to the mineral asbestos. Asbestos is only used in...

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Asbestos Awareness Week Podcast

In honor of National Asbestos Awareness Week, April 1 to 7, 2013, Robert Shuttlesworth, a senior attorney at Shrader & Associates, engaged in the following Q&A hosted interview to educate the public about the impact of asbestos-related illnesses on victims and their caregivers. The following is a transcript of the podcast: Gail: Hi, this is host Gail. I’m interviewing today Attorney...

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The Asbestos Legacy of Japans Tsunami

Fears of radioactive fallout aren’t the only concerns that arose from the 2011 tsunami that rolled over parts of Japan: potentially carcinogenic asbestos litters many of the ruins left by this disaster, as well. In tsunami-stricken areas, tons of asbestos were spread through the ruins. An Australian reporter commented on the problem, stating, “While many fear the invisible fallout from...

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