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Cambridge, Massachusetts

Asbestos Exposure in Cambridge, MA

Settled in 1630, Cambridge was first known as Newe Towne, and occupied land along the Charles River in what is now Harvard Square. Newe Towne was incorporated in 1636, the same year as the founding of Harvard College. Two years later, it was renamed Cambridge, after the University of Cambridge in England, thus beginning the town's tradition as a center of learning and literary excellence. The city's landscape and character have been shaped by its two major universities, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The population of Cambridge is around 105,000, making it the fourth most populous city in the state.

Cambridge began as an agricultural settlement and grew into a manufacturing center. The New England Glass Company, once the largest glassmaker in the world, was founded in 1818. In 1846, Cambridge reincorporated as a city, and its commercial center moved to the Central Square area, closer to the factories of East Cambridge. Railroads and streetcars re-shaped Cambridge's neighborhoods and industries, and more housing was built to accommodate the immigrants who came to work in the brickyards, ice house, and factories such as the Kendall Boiler Company and Boston Woven Hose and Rubber Company. By the early 20th century, Cambridge was a bustling manufacturing center. Candy-making was a major industry: in 1930, there were 29 confectioners in Cambridge, including New England Confectionary Company, maker of NECCO wafers, and Squirrel Brand Company. Along Memorial Drive, factory signs read like a roll call of industry: Carter's Ink Company, General Electric, Parke-Davis, Whirlpool, and RCA.

Cambridge's industrial base declined following the Great Depression and World War II, and was gradually replaced by scientific- and technology-based companies, many started by graduates of Harvard and MIT. Firms such as Bolt, Beranek and Newman, General Radio, Polaroid Corporation, IBM, and Thinking Machines typified the new focus on technological and electronic innovation. The late 20th century brought a wave of interest in biotechnology, carried out by companies such as Genzyme, Biogen Idec, and Novartis. Today, MIT and Harvard are Cambridge's two largest employees, accounting for nearly 20,000 jobs between them.

Cambridge's diverse manufacturing history and periods of development and construction may have placed workers at risk for malignant mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. We provide information about treatment for mesothelioma in and around Cambridge at the bottom of this page.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Cambridge

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Cambridge where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Abbott Transportation
  • Acoustical Fireproofing Contractors
  • Adolph Kern
  • American Biltrite
  • American Can Company
  • American Science & Engineering Building
  • Badger Corporation
  • Bethlehem Steel Company
  • Blake Manufacturing Company
  • Boston and Suburban Laundry
  • Boston Navy Yard
  • Boston University
  • Boston Woven Hose and Rubber Company
  • C.J. Cox Engineering
  • Cambridge City Hospital
  • Cambridge Court House
  • Cambridge Electric Light Company
  • Cambridge Gas & Electric Company
  • Cambridge Gas Light Company
  • Cambridge Manholes
  • Center For Advance Engr Study
  • Central Plaza Building
  • Charles P. Blouin, Inc.
  • Combustion Service Company of Ne
  • Cutter Fire Brick Company
  • Dewey & Almy Chemical Company
  • Diamond Laundries Inc
  • Dillaby Fireproofing Company
  • Eckel's Corporation
  • Edward F. Byrnes Corporation
  • Episcopal Theological School
  • Fresh Pond Pumping Station
  • General Electric Company
  • Ginn and Company
  • Harris Refrigeration Company
  • Harvard Biological Lab
  • Harvard College
  • Harvard Coop
  • Harvard Holyoke Center
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard Medical Vanderbilt Hall
  • Harvard Power Station
  • Harvard Theological School
  • Harvard Towers
  • Harvard Trust
  • Harvard University
  • Harvard University Medical School
  • High Rise Apartments
  • Hinnman Asbestos Corporation
  • Huron Towers
  • Ibm
  • Irving and Casson
  • J P Squire and Company
  • James H. Boyle & Sons, Incorporated
  • Jas. F. Pennell
  • JFK Federal Office Building
  • Kendall Boiler Company
  • Kendall Square Station
  • Lever Brothers Company
  • Lewis Express
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • Liquid Carbonic Corporation
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mather House
  • Middlesex County Courthouse
  • Mirant Corp
  • Mount Auburn Hospital
  • National Biscuit Company
  • New England Confectionery Company
  • New England Insulation Company
  • Polaroid Corporation
  • Pump Equipment & Engineering Company
  • Radcliffe College
  • Refractories & Building Specialties
  • Riverbank Court Building
  • Sancta Maria Hospital
  • Sandell Manufacturing
  • Sherington Institute
  • Simplex, Wire & Cable Company
  • St. John's Chapel
  • Suburban Electric Company
  • Vappi and Company Inc.
  • West End St. Railway Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Cambridge, Massachusetts

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.

55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Distance: 2.1 miles

International Mesothelioma Program
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance: 2.2 miles

Kendall Square
500 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

Distance: 1.5 miles

450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Distance: 2.0 miles

The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI 02906

Distance: 39.9 miles

Thoracic (Lung) Oncology Center
100 Campus Drive
Suite 102
Scarborough, ME 04074

Distance: 91.9 miles

Thoracic Oncology Program
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06102

Distance: 91.6 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Cambridge, Massachusetts

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. David J. Kwiatkowski
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215

Distance: 2.0 miles

Dr. Pasi A. Janne
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Distance: 2.0 miles

Dr. Richard L. Kradin
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Pathology Associates
55 Fruit Street, WRN 2
Boston, MA 02114

Distance: 2.1 miles

Dr. Scott Swanson
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance: 2.2 miles

Dr. Raphael Bueno
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance: 2.2 miles

Dr. David Ettensohn
Hassan Ettensohn Medical Specialists, Ltd.
73 Beechwood Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Distance: 37.5 miles

Dr. Anthony Testa
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
Atwood Medical Center
1524 Atwood Avenue Suite 340
Johnston, RI 02919

Distance: 43.3 miles

Dr. Sundaresan T. Sambandan
Hematology and Oncology Associates of Rhode Island
1220 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920

Distance: 45.8 miles

Dr. John Pella
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
1150 Reservoir Avenue, Suite 305
Cranston, RI 02920

Distance: 45.8 miles

Dr. Tracey L. Weigel
Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
Division Director of Thoracic Surgery
818 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102

Distance: 97.9 miles

Dr. Michael R. Grey
The Hospital of Central Connecticut
100 Grand Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Distance: 99.1 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Massachusetts, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

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