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Bondex Bankruptcy Trust Now Accepting Claims

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 9/2/2016

A new bankruptcy trust started accepting claims this July (2016). Its name is the Bondex Trust. Bondex made a number of asbestos-containing products for home renovation and repair, including joint compound and joint cement.

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New HMGB1 Blood Test Could Detect Mesothelioma Early

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 8/31/2016

HMGB1 Blood Test Could Detect Mesothelioma Early

A promising recent study published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research has shown that a blood test that can speed the diagnosis of mesothelioma. Diagnosis is often delayed and usually requires surgery to obtain a tissue sample for examination, and early identification of mesothelioma has been shown to be one of the best ways to improve the effectiveness of treatment. As such, researchers have been working to develop new blood tests to diagnose mesothelioma, and this study shows that a blood protein commonly referred to as HMGB1 can be used with near 100% accuracy.

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Cancer Moonshot Infographic: How the Moonshot Helps Mesothelioma Patients

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 8/30/2016

Cancer Research

The Cancer Moonshot Initiative is continuing to move along, and it’s gaining more and more attention from those outside of the community. In fact, one of the presidential candidates even mentioned it in a stump speech, acknowledging the importance of the program while promising to keep it going.

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A Fighter and a Survivor: Amy Byrd Tells Her Father’s Mesothelioma Story

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 8/29/2016

Amy Byrd and her Father

Larry Hightower is a husband of 48 years to his wife Shirley, daddy to two children Amy and David, and “Pop” to four granddaughters and one grandson. Larry is a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a nephew, and a friend. He is a veteran of United States Navy, having served the on the USS Vesuvius AE-15.

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Back to School Could Mean Back to Asbestos for Many Students

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 8/26/2016

Asbestos in Schools

More than three decades after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a warning about the dangers of asbestos in American schools, the potential harm to students, teachers, and other school employees continues to exist.

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Julie Roberts Wants to Change How We Think About Mesothelioma

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 8/24/2016

Julie Roberts is a marketing professional from Scotland who recently learned about mesothelioma – not just once but twice over. In the short span of only eight weeks, both her uncle and her father passed away from the disease. Now, she is sharing her story with anyone and everyone who will listen, while also working to raise awareness in the U.K. about this rare but deadly disease and the dangers of asbestos.

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Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and their Families

Lung-Sparing Radiation Treatments Offer Pleural Mesothelioma Patients New Hope

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 8/22/2016

One of the primary treatments for pleural mesothelioma is radiation therapy. Often used as an adjuvant therapy (i.e., as a secondary treatment after surgery and/or chemotherapy), radiation helps reduce the size tumors in the chest and can alleviate pain. However, radiation cannot distinguish between cancerous cells and noncancerous cells, which means that it can damage healthy tissue – sometimes significantly.

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ADAO Hosts 10th Asbestos Congressional Staff Briefing

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 8/19/2016

US Capitol Building

Already, in 2016 great strides have been made in the effort to ban asbestos. While it’s still not completely banned yet, the passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (text of the act) – with strong bipartisan support – opened the door for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban asbestos.

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How One Mesothelioma Survivor Deals With Survivor's Guilt

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 8/17/2016

I learned early on in my cancer treatment what a cruel, unfair thing cancer can be. It doesn’t care who you are, how old you are, or how much money you do or don’t have. Cancer has one purpose, to destroy the host, no matter who that host is – and many times, it succeeds.

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The Effects of Cancer on Fertility

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 8/16/2016

When someone thinks “cancer,” the first thing that comes to mind may not be starting a family. However, for many younger people who may be thinking about having children, a cancer diagnosis may be prohibitive at first – and certainly worrisome at best.

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