Internationally renowned thoracic surgeon Dr. Robert Cameron was the first to propose a National Mesothelioma Registry. Twenty years later, he finds himself in an unlikely role.
Clarence Borel was an insulator who contracted mesothelioma and asbestosis after 33 years of asbestos exposure. His lawsuit filed in October of 1969 against multiple asbestos insulation manufacturers is considered the first victory for a plaintiff. Following the case being upheld in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, asbestos lawsuits filled the dockets of courts across the country.
Early detection of a disease can mean the difference between recovering and surviving or suffering and dying. For those diagnosed with mesothelioma, they face a particularly grim and uncertain future. The illness caused by asbestos has a 50-year latency period from the time of exposure and few symptoms that are specific.
Severe and potentially fatal diseases contracted through asbestos exposure presents obstacles to those diagnosed and their family members. Complicating critical health issues further are legal and financial matters.
Is Johnson & Johnson taking another look at their talc-based products and the possibility of asbestos playing a role in what seems to be countless mesothelioma diagnoses?
According to a recent study, doctors might be the reason patients with Mesothelioma are not receiving treatment. The reason is doctor “nihilism,” or doctor suspicion that the treatment will not work.
Families in Missouri and Illinois generally make it a point to be together during the holiday season. For caregivers looking after loved ones with health conditions such as mesothelioma, however, it may not be possible to plan or attend a gathering. This is because of the stress of providing care. Furthermore, trying to host a holiday gathering may be more than a patient and caregiver can handle. In some cases, the person with the health problem won't feel up to attending a traditional holiday event.
Many people in Missouri and Southern Illinois are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. While there are some screening tests for people with known exposure to asbestos, such as X-rays or CT scans, most cases of the disease are discovered when a patient visits his or her doctor with symptoms of the disease.
You may have worked in a specific industry for your entire career and never really thought of your work as dangerous. However, there may have been some hazards lurking out of sight that have come back to haunt you years later, possibly even after your retirement. In particular, asbestos may have harmed you without you even realizing until years after your exposure.
Missouri residents who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma may be pleased to know that researchers are looking at new methods of determining the efficacy of mesothelioma surgery. Most of the people who receive a diagnosis of mesothelioma are often given treatment that consists of multiple therapies, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Individuals who qualify for new therapies, such as photodynamic therapy or immunotherapy, will still have a very high chance of undergoing surgery. This is because surgery has been proven to be the only treatment that has nearly always improved survival chances.