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New Clinical Trial Will Test WT1 Immunotherapy Drug with Nivolumab for Recurrent Mesothelioma

Researchers have found that recurrent rates for mesothelioma can vary widely, with some studies finding recurrence rates after treatment ranging from 10 – 72%. Even patients diagnosed in the earlier stages and who are able to undergo aggressive multimodal treatment have been found to experience recurrence. Because of the rather high likelihood of the cancer recurring, a heavy focus of mesothelioma research is finding optimal second- and third-line treatments for patients who have previously been treated and either experience recurrence or their cancer is unresponsive.

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Mesothelioma Diagnosis Leads to $29 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson

Mesothelioma Diagnosis Leads to $29 Million Verdict | Mesothelioma.com

A California jury reached a $29 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Cyprus Mines Corporation, a talc supplier. The jury concluded that the responsible companies must pay Teresa Leavitt over $29 million after she was exposed to asbestos through the long-term use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder. Leavitt claims that the talcum powder is the reason that she has developed mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos.

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FDA Announces Claire’s Makeup Proved to Contain Asbestos

FDA Announces Claire’s Makeup Proved to Contain Asbestos

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that the 2017 reports of Claire’s and Justice makeup containing asbestos particles have been confirmed. The presence of these particles in products, targeted to young children and teens, is concerning as asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related diseases, including asbestosis and asbestos lung cancer.

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Report Shows University of Montana Last Had Asbestos Testing in 2011

Report Shows University of Montana Last Had Asbestos Testing in 2011

Earlier this month, testing for asbestos at McGill Hall at the University of Montana raised concerns about the safety of students, particularly preschoolers who actively attended school in these classrooms. Abatement specialists found concerning levels of asbestos, well above the recommended limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to law, permissible amounts of asbestos should not exceed 5,000 fibers per square centimeter. After swiping a table in one of the classrooms, which had been used and cleaned regularly, specialists found over 15,000 fibers per square centimeter. Other areas of the classrooms contained even higher concentrations of asbestos.

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The 2019 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma Brings Experts and Patients Together

The 2019 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma Brings Experts and Patients Together

From March 25th – 27th, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation will host its annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma in Bethesda, Maryland. The Meso Foundation has organized the event since 2004 to help bring the mesothelioma community together, offering patients and loved ones insight to the latest treatments and research, facetime with renowned mesothelioma experts, and the opportunity to connect with others facing similar experiences.

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Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Two Clinical Trials Show Potential of Opdivo for Recurrent Mesothelioma

Two Clinical Trials Show Potential of Opdivo for Recurrent Mesothelioma

One of the prominent areas of mesothelioma research today is around the development of an effective, tolerable, second-line treatment for recurrent cases. Studies have shown mesothelioma recurrence is highly prevalent, even among patients who are able to undergo aggressive primary therapy, like surgery. Some studies have noted recurrence rates ranging from 10 – 72% of patients.

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Preschoolers Exposed to Dangerous Amounts of Asbestos at the University of Montana

Preschoolers Exposed to Dangerous Amounts of Asbestos at the University of Montana

Asbestos in schools has been a long-standing concern. In 2015, there were 131,000 public and private schools running in the United States, and one-third of them were thought to have contained asbestos. Everything from ceiling tiles to insulation and heating ducts has caused asbestos exposure in schools, putting both teachers and students at risk of developing asbestos diseases like mesothelioma.

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Lucky 13: Celebrating 13 Years of Survivorship

Lucky 13: Celebrating 13 Years of Survivorship | Mesothelioma.com

February 2nd, 2019 will mark 13 years since my life-saving surgery done by the late Dr. David Sugarbaker. 13 years was not even something I thought I could achieve all those years ago when I was told I had just 15 months to live. Over the last 13 years, I have had so much to be thankful and grateful for. All I have to do is look at my daughter, who was just a tiny, serious baby when I was diagnosed, and now she is taller than I am – a fact she is all too happy to point out at every moment possible! 13 years of scanxiety, 13 years of advocacy, and 13 years of living for today.

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Immunotherapy Drug Avelumab Could Extend Survival for Patients with Unresectable Mesothelioma

Immunotherapy Drug Avelumab Could Extend Survival for Patients with Unresectable Mesothelioma

An early-phase clinical trial through the National Cancer Institute found promising results for a new immunotherapy drug, avelumab, in the treatment of unresectable pleural mesothelioma. The study tested the safety and efficacy of the drug on 53 mesothelioma patients who had previously been treated with chemotherapy and seen disease progression.

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How Dropping DNA into Water May Reveal Mesothelioma

How Dropping DNA into Water May Reveal Mesothelioma

Scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia have been working to find a cancer test that will detect cancer sooner, allowing patients to begin treatment earlier and improve their prognosis. This is particularly influential for rare cancers like malignant mesothelioma that are difficult to detect. Early detection is the best way to improve mesothelioma prognosis, stressing the need to find better diagnostic tools.

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