Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mesothelioma | Mesothelioma Symptoms and Treatment

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer linked to asbestos exposure.  Mesothelioma cancer invades the mesothelium – the lining of tissue that surround vital organs.  The most common is pleural mesothelioma or cancer of the lining of the lungs.  Mesothelioma also attacks the lining of either the heart, abdomen, or testicles.   

Symptoms

The mesothelium has two layers: one around the organ itself and another forming an outer sac. Between these two layers is a fluid that aids organ movement. Mesothelioma causes the mesothelial cells to multiply wildly and to produce excess lubricating fluid. Ultimately, the mesothelium becomes a thick, tumorous coating of the organ accompanied by excessive fluid. This coating and fluid prevent complete, comfortable expansion of the lung.

Symptoms of mesothelioma can include:
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Lumps
  • Weight loss
  • Cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Localized pain to the particular cancerous lining
  • Swelling and fluid buildup
  • Shortness of breath
  • Painful breathing
  • Fever
  • Respiratory infection
  • Fatigue and anemia
  • Digestive problems
  • Bowel problems
  • Fever
Doctors perform a variety of tests to diagnose mesothelioma and to determine how advanced the cancer is including x-rays, blood tests, pathologic tests, endoscopic ultrasound, bronchoscopy, CT scans, lung-function tests, biopsies or other diagnostic surgeries, MRI and PET scans.

Prognosis

Mesothelioma can metastasize or spread into the organs themselves or to other areas of the body. By the time mesothelioma is diagnosed, the patient usually has only a matter of months to live and treatment is usually palliative - to alleviate symptoms and slow the progress of the disease.
Treatment

Treatment can include surgery to excise the mesothelial and surrounding tissue, chemotherapy, drug regimens, drug trials, gene therapies, radiation, draining of fluid followed by the injection of medication to prevent further buildup, and, rarely, lung removal. Research into new treatment methods continues, as current therapies have relatively disappointing results. If the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, it is usually a terminal condition. Current patients may be eligible to participate in experimental treatments, if they desire.

The Throneberry Law Group takes cases throughout the United States. We will come to you to help you trace the asbestos exposure that caused mesothelioma (or asbestosis or lung cancer). We offer a free consultation at 888-506-1131 to answer your questions, and it costs nothing up front for us to represent you in the lawsuit — we collect no fees unless we recover compensation.  

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Understand your Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment Options

Malignant mesothelioma treatment options generally fall into the following categories – surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy or radiation therapy.  These four treatment modalities are the major “conventional” or “mainstream” treatment options for malignant mesothelioma.  Malignant mesothelioma is very aggressive form of cancer where the tumor grows up against anything it contacts often invading surrounding structures and organs.  As a result, malignant mesothelioma treatment is often limited as with other advanced, aggressive, and metastatic cancers.  The goal in treating malignant mesothelioma becomes one focused simply on extending one’s life.   

Important questions to ask your doctor about malignant mesothelioma treatments include:
  • What is the effectiveness or efficacy of the mesothelioma treatment?
  • Is the malignant mesothelioma treatment designed to cure (curative) or designed to improve symptoms (palliative)?
  • What are the side effects of the mesothelioma treatment?
  • How long will the mesothelioma treatment last?
A critical aspect of going with a particular mesothelioma treatment is that you believe in it and have full confidence that it will work.  It is also critical that you have a good rapport with and confidence in your doctor.  Finally, find out as much as you can about your mesothelioma treatment so that you understand your treatment and be more positive that it will work for you.

The Throneberry Law Group takes cases throughout the United States. We will come to you to help you trace the asbestos exposure that caused mesothelioma (or asbestosis or lung cancer). We offer a free consultation at 888-506-1131 to answer your questions, and it costs nothing up front for us to represent you in the lawsuit — we collect no fees unless we recover compensation.  

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mesothelioma | Questions to Ask your Doctor

The trauma of a malignant mesothelioma diagnosis leaves confusion and disbelief in its wake.  Your doctor will likely recommend you see an oncologist.  Your doctor typically will recommend a specialist for your treatment of malignant mesothelioma.  From the initial diagnosis, ask your doctor for a copy of all of your test results.  You have a right to do so.  Be certain to keep a folder with your pathology report, blood tests, imaging reports (x-ray, ct scan, PET scan, etc.) and any other medical results.  Keeping these results is invaluable for showing another doctor  the medical history of your illness should you seek another opinion or alternative treatment.

Useful questions to ask your oncologist about malignant mesothelioma include:
  • How far has the malignant mesothelioma spread and what is your life expectancy?
  • What should you expect next?
  • What organs have been affected by the malignant mesothelioma?
  • What are my treatment options for malignant mesothelioma and which ones would you recommend?
  • What success rate does the treatment have on malignant mesothelioma?  Will the treatment be a cure for the malignant mesothelioma?
  • What are the potential short-term and long-term side effects of the malignant mesothelioma?
You have a right ask as many questions as you want until you are comfortable that your doctor has covered the bases and explored all the options.  These are uncomfortable issues, and you have to brace yourself for the bad news, but you need information to make informed decisions.

Throneberry Law Group takes cases throughout the United States. We will come to you to help you trace the asbestos exposure that caused mesothelioma (or asbestosis or lung cancer). We offer a free consultation at 888-506-1131 to answer your questions, and it costs nothing up front for us to represent you in the lawsuit — we collect no fees unless we recover compensation. 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mesothelioma | Military Veterans & Asbestos Exposure

Nearly one-third of individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma in the United States are military veterans.  The enlisted personnel who served and worked on military ships or other vessels were often exposed to asbestos without their knowledge.  The enlisted personnel in the U.S. Navy, for example, often worked the dirty jobs in the boiler room, in maintenance, pipefitting and construction had the heaviest exposure coming in direct contact with asbestos.  Anyone who served aboard ships or in the shipbuilding yards likely had direct contact or significant second-hand exposure to asbestos.

Navy-related mesothelioma has been traced to this asbestos exposure.  Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer that invades the lining of the lungs, stomach and abdomen.  Mesothelioma has a long latency period of 20 to 30 years after the asbestos exposure.

Examples of U.S. Navy Veterans’ occupations that were likely exposed to asbestos include:
  • Shipfitter
  • Boilermaker
  • Steamfitter
  • Engineman
  • Mechanics Mate
  • Boiler Operator
  • Machinist
  • Power Engineer
  • Fireman
  • Welder
  • Water Tender
  • Boiler Tender
  • Lagger
  • Plumber
  • Pipefitter
  • Submarine Engineerman
  • Engine Room Mechanic
Attorney Michael Throneberry has first-hand experience with mesothelioma from his own father-in-law's death from the swift-moving cancer. We work quickly and diligently to identify the work sites and specific exposures to file lawsuits as promptly as possible so that our clients do not have the added burden of financing medical care.

We take cases nationwide and we will travel to you. Call today for a free consultation at 888-506-1131 if you or a loved one has symptoms or a diagnosis of mesothelioma or asbestos-related occupational disease. Our lawyers will travel Nationwide to assist railroad worker victims and families.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Mesothelioma | Mesothelioma Symptoms

In the early stages of the disease, mesothelioma may not have any visible symptoms and is very hard to detect. In the later stages, certain symptoms begin to develop and are usually caused by the growth of cancer and its pressure on certain nerves.

Pleural Mesothelioma:
  • Lower back or chest pain
  • Continual cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Husky voice
  • Weight loss of 10 percent or more
  • Fever or sweating
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic fatigue or easily fatigued by exertion
  • Forgetfulness or memory loss
Peritoneal Mesothelioma:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Feeling sick
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Constipation and diarrhea
Some of the above symptoms, especially chronic breathing problems and fatigue from minimal activity, can also be indications of other asbestos disease, such as asbestosis or lung cancer. Of course, these may be symptoms of a completely unrelated illness. However, if you have been exposed to asbestos in the past or if the symptoms persist, it is very important that you consult with your physician or health care provider immediately.

The Throneberry Law Group helps individuals and their families who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related lung cancer.  We offer a free consultation at 888-506-1131 to answer your questions, and it costs nothing up front for us to represent you in the lawsuit — we collect no fees unless we recover compensation

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mesothelioma | Railroad Workers and Asbestos Exposure

Railroad companies used asbestos extensively even though it new that asbestos exposed a serious health threat to railroad workers.  Up to the 1970s, the railroad industry used asbestos contaminated products at the detriment of the railroad workers.  There are even some accounts that some locomotives contained asbestos until the late 1990s.  The railroad industry had a long standing dependence on asbestos through its use to repair and manufacture a variety of train surfaces and parts. As a result, countless unsuspecting railroad workers over the past two centuries have been unknowingly exposed to asbestos. 

Railroad Workers & Asbestos Materials

There were many railroad industry products that contained asbestos.  Common uses of asbestos in the railroad industry were asbestos insulation or lagging that was attached to the steam engine, fireboxes and piping systems.  Carriages and boxcars also contained asbestos.  Asbestos was often used on cabooses and boxcars as coverings for walls or wallboards, ceilings and floor tiles.   Brake linings and clutches in the railroad industry were often made from asbestos.  Cloth packing materials and ropes even contained asbestos in the railroad industry.  Gaskets were also composed of asbestos.

Railroad Workers & Mesothelioma

As a result of the widespread use of asbestos in the railroad industry, men and women who worked around steam locomotives, roundhouses, back shops or repair facilities were exposed to asbestos.  The insulation and gaskets containing asbestos were often custom made for a particular engine.  The making of these custom asbestos materials involved cutting, bending, sanding and grinding the asbestos material prior to installation.  The result of this work released friable asbestos particles in the air exposing unsuspecting railroad workers to asbestos.

For railroad workers, the asbestos at the roundhouse, back shops or repair facilities was the most dangerous.  When inhaled, asbestos can attach to the mesothelial lining of the lung. This exposure in railroad worker often resulted in mesothelioma, the deadly form of cancer that can affect the lining of the lungs or abdomen or the heart.

Legal Advocacy and Personal Service for the Hard Times Ahead

Attorney Michael Throneberry has first-hand experience with mesothelioma from his own father-in-law's death from the swift-moving cancer. We work quickly and diligently to identify the work sites and specific exposures to file lawsuits as promptly as possible so that our clients do not have the added burden of financing medical care.

We take cases nationwide and we will travel to you. Call today for a free consultation at 888-506-1131 if you or a loved one has symptoms or a diagnosis of mesothelioma or asbestos-related occupational disease. Our lawyers will travel Nationwide to assist railroad worker victims and families.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mesothelioma | NJ Supreme Court upholds $7 million mesothelioma jury award from ExxonMobil.

The N.J Supreme Court denied ExxonMobil’s appeal of $7 million mesothelioma jury award.  In 2008, Bonnie Anderson argued and the jury agreed that she contracted peritoneal mesothelioma by coming in regular contact with her husband’s asbestos-laden clothes.

            Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer that invades the lining of the stomach and abdomen.  Second most after pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma accounts for less than 20% of all mesothelioma cases.  As with other mesothelioma types, peritoneal mesothelioma has a long latency period of 20 to 30 years after the asbestos exposure.

            Bonnie Anderson was diagnosed with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma in 2001.  Anderson’s exposure to asbestos came from washing her husband’s clothes.  Her husband worked the first six years at the Exxon refinery removing insulation to fix pumps and filters and he regularly came home with his clothes covered in insulation dust – a dust she always shook out before tossing his clothes in the washing machine. 

            Since Anderson’s diagnosis of mesothelioma, she has undergone two surgeries and multiple rounds of chemotherapy involving five different types of drugs.  After the NJ Supreme Court declined to take up Exxon’s appeal allowing the $7million jury verdict to stand, Bonnie Anderson, the 62-year-old New Jersey resident, said

 “It’s bittersweet because I’m going back into chemotherapy.”

“I wish I could tell you it was a glorious day to learn this but you take life in perspective.”

“I’d rather not be sick.”

Source:  See Star-Ledger

Monday, April 11, 2011

Mesothelioma | Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Chemotherapy Drug a Disappointment in Clinical Trial

Amgen, a biotechnology company that develops human therapeutics, announced that their investigational drug motesanib did not improve the overall survival among patients with advanced non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).  The drug would have offered new treatment options for hard to treat cancers such as NSCLC and possibly pleural malignant mesothelioma.

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer that invades the lining of the lungs.  Approximately 3000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma per year and symptoms of mesothelioma generally occur approximately 20 to 30 years after the asbestos exposure.  Chemotherapy treatment for mesothelioma typically involves the combination of two chemotherapy drugs, namely gemcitabine and cisplatin.  Other chemotherapy drugs used in treating mesothelioma include carboplatin and doxorubicin. 

Amgen’s phase III trial evaluated motesanib administered in combination with paclitaxel and carboplatin in 1090 patients with advanced stage NSCLC.  The chemotherapy drugs paclitaxel and carboplatin are typically used in treating lung cancer patients.  In explaining the results, Roger M Perimutter, M.D., PhD., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen, said “We are disappointed with the results from the trial, but look forward to further analysis of the data which may ultimately help inform future research in this area.” 

“We thank the patients, caregivers, and investigators for their participation and engagement in the clinical evaluation of motesanib worldwide,” said Nancy Simonian, M.D., chief medical officer, Millennium.  “These disappointing results support the need for new treatments to address the unmet need in advanced non-squamous NSCLC.”

Clinical trials for mesothelioma patients offer the patients the opportunity to receive new therapies with potentially more effective results.  Generally speaking, doctors conduct clinical trials to find out whether the treatment is safe for patients and effective against the disease.  The clinical trials are done before the treatment is ready for general use.  Participation in clinical trials is an important consideration for treatment options for patients diagnosed with mesothelioma.  To find a detailed list of meosthelioma clinical trials go to ClinicalTrials.gov.  Mesothelioma patients, of course, also have the option of searching for clinical trials on their own.  

Friday, April 8, 2011

Mesothelioma | Iron, Steel, and Foundry Workers and Asbestos

From World War II to the 1980s, workers in all facets of the steel industries were unknowingly exposed to high levels of asbestos. Instead of enjoying their "golden years," many of those men and women are now facing the ordeal of mesothelioma or disabling lung disease.

Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer that invades the mesothelium – the lining of tissue that surround vital organs.  The most common is pleural mesothelioma or cancer of the lining of the lungs.  Approximately 3000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma per year and symptoms of mesothelioma generally occur approximately 20 to 30 years after the asbestos exposure. 

Because of its insulation and fireproofing qualities, asbestos was widely used in steel foundries, mills and metal works:
  • Boilers and turbines
  • Valves, pumps and gaskets
  • Welding bibs and blankets
  • Fire retardant coatings
  • Pipe sealants and insulation
  • Wiring insulation
The Throneberry Law Group represents those iron workers and welders, machinists and mechanics, pipefitters, electricians and others exposed at steel mills and metal works sites. For a comprehensive listing of iron, steel and foundry occupations, click here.  We have also represented family members who developed mesothelioma from second-hand exposure to asbestos fibers brought home on dust-covered work clothes.

We take cases nationwide and we will travel to you. Call today for a free consultation at 888-506-1131 if you or a loved one has symptoms or a diagnosis of mesothelioma or asbestos-related occupational disease.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Mesothelioma | New Test Detects Early Stage Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

NYU researchers presented a study at the 102nd American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting that led to a new test that detects early-stage, asbestos-related pulmonary cancer.  The NYU Langone Medical Center investigated a protein test to detect early stage malignant pleural mesothelioma where the test was 80 percent sensitive to accurately identifying the pulmonary cancer proteins caused by asbestos exposure.

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive, asbestos related cancer that invades the lining of tissue that surround the lungs.  Approximately 3000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma per year and symptoms of mesothelioma generally occur approximately 20 to 30 years after the asbestos exposure.  The disease can be fatal with 12 months following the diagnosis because of its aggressive nature and it typically is diagnosed in the advanced stages of the cancer. 

The lead researcher, Harvey I. Pass, MD, director of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Oncology at NYU, said the goal of the new diagnostic test is to find the asbestos-related cancer early enough to effectively treat.  Dr Pass went on to say that “the only patients that seem to benefit from therapy in mesothelioma are those that are found in Stage 1, and this is only 10 to 15 percent of patients,” reasoning that the “magnitude of the operation necessary to reduce the burden of disease may be less, making the patient better able to cope if the disease recurs and the patient needs more aggressive therapy.”

The SomaLogic, Inc. “Multiplex SOMAmer Assay” was used to detect 15 of 19 cases of stage 1 or stage 2 malignant pleural mesothelioma showing an approximate 80 percent sensitivity in indentifying the disease.  According to the Dr. Pass, the test measures 19 protein biomarkers for malignant pleural mesothelioma.  There remain ongoing studies to further refine and validate the results.  For more information on the study, visit http://www.med.nyu.edu/.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Mesothelioma | May 13-18: American Thoracic Society Symposium on Pulmonary Care

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) will hold their annual international symposium on pulmonary care scheduled for May 13-18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  The ATS conference is titled “Where today’s science meets tomorrow’s care in pulmonary, critical care & sleep medicine” and will feature topics from bioengineering to genetic technologies.  The ATS conference brings researchers in pulmonary care together to develop new treatments for lung diseases such as mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer that invades the mesothelium – the lining of tissue that surround vital organs.  The most common is pleural mesothelioma or cancer of the lining of the lungs.  Approximately 3000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma per year and symptoms of mesothelioma generally occur approximately 20 to 30 years after the asbestos exposure. 

The ATS Scientific Breakthroughs of the Year session will focus on advances in lung tissue bioengineering.  “Lung tissue bioengineering has become an exciting area in lung research,” according to Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, PhD, co-chair of the session.  She also added “Rapid advances in tissue engineering have demonstrated the potential of developing functional tissue, which could be used in place of whole-lung transplants.”   Although there continues to be breakthroughs in the areas of bioengineering and genetics, there, nevertheless, needs to be more studies and clinical trials to bring new treatments to mesothelioma patients.

Clinical topics at the ATS conference will feature sessions on interstitial lung disease, advances in stage III and IV lung cancer, among other topics.   The ATS conference is expected to offer 500 sessions and over 700 speakers.  To learn more, go to www.thoracic.org/go/international-conference.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mesothelioma | Construction Workers and Risk for Mesothelioma

Construction workers are often involved in the renovation and upgrading of buildings or industrial complexes.  As a result, construction workers may be at a high risk of asbestos exposure.  Asbestos is a mineral fiber linked to mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.  Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that attacks the lining of the organs caused asbestos exposure.

There were a number of products manufactured and used in the construction industry that contained asbestos and exposed construction workers to the hazardous mineral.  Examples of the construction products that contained asbestos were:
  • Shingles,
  • Roofing felts,
  • Concrete pipe and sheet material,
  • Architectural panels and plenums,
  • Joint and taping compounds,
  • Heating system insulation,
  • Floor tile,
  • Electrical wire and cable,
  • Paints and
  • Plumbing fixtures.
As a result of the asbestos containing materials, construction workers had numerous opportunities for exposure to asbestos.  Asbestos exposure to construction workers could occure during the manufacturing of materials and equipment, transportation, and installation.  Today, construction workers may be exposed during the renovation, abatement and demolition of existing structures.  There remains the potential for “in-place” asbestos exposure for construction workers.

The Throneberry Law Group helps construction workers who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related lung cancer.  We offer a free consultation at 888-506-1131 to answer your questions, and it costs nothing up front for us to represent you in the lawsuit — we collect no fees unless we recover compensation. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mesothelioma | $90 million Jury Verdict in Mesothelioma Trial

Mesothelioma trial results in a $90 million jury award to a former pipefitter.  A jury in Bloomington, Illinois awarded $90million to 59 year-old Charles Gillenwater who is suffering from mesothelioma.  Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that attacks the protective lining of the heart, lungs and abdomen that is caused by asbestos exposure.  The pipe fitter was exposed to asbestos during the 1970s while working at a several job sites including Bridgestone-Firestone, The Eureka Company and Illinois State University.

Mesothelioma cancer invades the mesothelium – the lining of tissue that surround vital organs.  The most common is pleural mesothelioma or cancer of the lining of the lungs.  Mesothelioma also attacks the lining of either the heart, abdomen, or testicles.  Symptoms of mesothelioma generally occur approximately 20 to 30 years after the asbestos exposure and include shortness of breath, chest pain and a persistent cough.  In most instances, mesothelioma is diagnosed in the advanced stages leaving the victim with 8 months to 18 months to live.  Mesothelioma is treated with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation in an effort to extend the patient’s life.

The trial lasted for five weeks and the jury deliberated for two days before awarding compensatory damages of $9.6 million against Honeywell International, Inc., Owens-Illinois, Inc., John Crane, Inc. and Pneumo Abex.  The jury also awarded $20 million in punitive damages against Honeywell International, Inc. and Pneumo Abex and $40 million in punitive damages against Owens-Illinois.

The jury concluded that Honeywell, Pneumo Abex and Owens-Illinois conspired to suppress or suppressed information about the harmful effects or hazards of asbestos.  The jury went on to find that the companies failed to warn employees and customers about the dangers of asbestos. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Mesothelioma | Billy Ray Cyrus to Receive Asbestos Awareness Award

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) will hold its 7th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on April 1-3.  ADAO will honor Billy Ray Cyrus at this conference.  Billy Ray Cyrus will receive an award on behalf of his late father Ron Cyrus who passed in 2006 from mesothelioma.  The artist has been quoted “Hearing the name Ron Cyrus still gives me chills.  He was everything to me, but most of all he was my best friend – and mesothelioma robbed me of that relationship.”  The country star will pay tribute to his father on April 2 in Atlanta, Georgia on receiving the ADAO “Warren Zevon Keep Me in Your Heart” honor. 

In addition to honoring Billy Ray Cyrus, the annual ADAO conference titled Asbestos:  Impact on Public Health, Environment, and the Economy will have presentations on asbestos exposure issues, asbestos detection and treatment, environmental and economic impact, national and global policy.  Asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases.

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer linked to asbestos exposure.  Mesothelioma cancer invades the mesothelium – the lining of tissue that surround vital organs.  The most common is pleural mesothelioma or cancer of the lining of the lungs.  Mesothelioma also attacks the lining of either the heart, abdomen, or testicles.  Symptoms of mesothelioma generally occur approximately 20 to 30 years after the asbestos exposure and include shortness of breath, chest pain and a persistent cough.  In most instances, mesothelioma is diagnosed in the advanced stages leaving the victim with 8 months to 18 months to live.  Mesothelioma is treated with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation in an effort to extend the patient’s life.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mesothelioma | Homeowners and Asbestos Exposure

Homeowners especially those who complete do-it-yourself projects may be at an increased risk of asbestos exposure in tackling their own remodeling jobs in older homes. In doing so, homeowners may encounter old or "friable" asbestos in their homes.  Examples of asbestos products in older homes may include:
  • Insulation in attics
  • Insulation wrapped around wires or pipes
  • Insulation around older boilers
  • Asbestos Shingles and siding
  • Roofing felt
  • Taping compounds & asbestos plaster
  • Acoustic ceiling material
  • Asbestos wallboard
  • Linoleum backing
  • Vinyl asbestos floor tiles
We strongly recommend that you hire a trained and certified asbestos contractor to remove the insulation and other "friable" asbestos containing products in the home.

Asbestos fibers in vermiculite are too small to be seen by the naked eye so only a trained technician with a microscope can see asbestos fibers. Therefore, to be safe, you should assume that vermiculite insulation may be contaminated with asbestos. Make every effort not to disturb the insulation.

Attorney Michael Throneberry has personal experience with mesothelioma.  In fact, that’s what led him to devote his law practice to asbestos litigation. We understand the physical, financial and emotional impact of asbestos disease on the victim and the family. We are with you every step of the way through your medical treatment and pursuit of justice for mesothelioma or lung cancer.  If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, call the Throneberry Law Group at 888-506-1131 for a no-obligation consultation and compassionate, proven representation.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mesothelioma | Homeowners and Asbestos Insulation Exposure

Homeowners may be at risk of exposure to asbestos due to the insulation either in the attic or wrapped  around wire or pipes.   In addition to the low cost of asbestos insulation, it has insulating characteristics that make it exceptionally useful in home application.  Asbestos insulation is light and can be installed without difficulty into confining spaces such as residential attics. 

Asbestos fibers in vermiculite are too small to be seen by the naked eye so only a trained technician with a microscope can see asbestos fibers. Therefore, to be safe, you should assume that vermiculite insulation may be contaminated with asbestos. Make every effort not to disturb the insulation.

Homeowners especially those who complete do-it-yourself projects may be at an increased risk of asbestos exposure in tackling their own remodeling jobs in older homes. In doing so, homeowners may encounter old or "friable" insulation in attics, wrapped around wires or pipes, or elsewhere in their homes such as older boilers. Asbestos containing insulation can lead to the development asbestos related diseases including pleural plaques, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. As such, we strongly recommend that you hire a trained and certified asbestos contractor to remove the insulation and other "friable" asbestos containing products in the home.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, call the Throneberry Law Office at 888-506-1131 for a no-obligation consultation and compassionate, proven representation.



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Friday, March 18, 2011

Mesothelioma | Mesothelioma and Insulation

Insulation is used in a host of applications and has long been associated with asbestos.  At one time, the workers who installed insulation were often referred to as “asbestos workers” because the majority of insulation produced contained asbestos.  Asbestos was used in insulation because of its unique properties of fire resistance and heat insulation.

Asbestos insulation could be found and is sometimes still found around boilers, generators, furnaces, ovens, pipes and electrical wires.   Construction insulation products that contained asbestos include:
  • Blown-in Insulation
  • Boiler Insulation
  • Breaching Insulation
  • Calcium Silicate Insulation
  • Electric Wiring Insulation
  • HVAC Duct Insulation
  • Spray-Applied Insulation
  • Pipe Insulation
As a result, anyone working around or installing insulation for this type of equipment could have been exposed to asbestos.  This could include insulators, construction workers and those who worked in and around insulation factories.

 “Asbestos workers” would often grind, cut and sand the asbestos containing insulation to fit a particular piece of equipment.  As a result, this insulation activity would create a major asbestos exposure to the insulators and surrounding workers because of the airborne asbestos fibers either inhaled or ingested.  Workers, unfortunately, were unaware that asbestos was hazardous and did not wear any protective gear even though many insulation manufacturers knew exposure could cause serious illnesses.

Exposure to asbestos containing insulation can lead to the development asbestos related diseases including asbestos-related lung cancer and  and mesothelioma.  Attorney Michael Throneberry has personal experience with mesothelioma from his father-in-law's death. In fact, that's what led him to devote his law practice to asbestos litigation. We understand the physical, financial and emotional impact of asbestos disease on the victim and the family. Call Throneberry Law Group at 888-506-1131 for a no-obligation consultation and compassionate, proven representation.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mesothelioma | Mesothelioma Risk for Chemical, Petrochemical and Refinery Workers

The dangers of asbestos were known to the owners of the oil refineries and petrochemical and chemical manufacturing facilities long before they were finally forced to stop using asbestos-containing products and remedy the facilities or replace the contaminated machinery. 

Temperature control is key to the efficient operations of these facilities.  As a result, asbestos was used extensively because of its insulation properties.  Refineries and chemical and petrochemical manufacturing plants, for example, typically contain miles of piping insulated in the past with asbestos.  In addition to the insulated piping, cracking coils in refineries as well as boilers and vats in chemical plants were often insulated with asbestos.  Still further, valves and pumps with asbestos gaskets and packing were installed in these facilities.

The construction of these facilities required teams of pipe fitters, plumbers and other outside specialty trades.   The day-to-day maintenance of refineries and chemical plants is typically performed by the full-time staff.  The dismantling of these facilities was typically done by demolition specialists and.  During the construction, maintenance and demolition of these facilities, the refinery, chemical and petrochemical workers were at an increased risk of asbestos exposure. 

Mesothelioma is linked to asbestos exposure where the cancer invades the lining of the organs.  Many of these workers are unaware of the risk of working in and around asbestos-containing products until the diagnosis of mesothelioma or an asbestos related disease.  Today, the greatest risk of exposure for these workers are those working in and around structures and facilities built before the 80’s that have yet to be remediated satisfactorily.

At the Throneberry Law Group, our clients are the innocent workers at the oil refineries and petrochemical and chemical facilities who were heavily exposed to asbestos and now suffer decades later from mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer.  We offer a free consultation at 888-506-1131 to answer your questions, and it costs nothing up front for us to represent you in the lawsuit — we collect no fees unless we recover compensation. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mesothelioma | Mesothelioma Pain Management

Mesothelioma Pain Symptoms:  Mesothelioma is an extremely painful cancer.  The most common is pleural mesothelioma or cancer of the lining of the lungs where the majority of patients suffer pain in the lower back and sides of the chest.  Victims of pericardial mesothelioma or cancer of the lining that surrounds the heart often experience chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and constant coughing.  Whereas peritoneal mesothelioma victims may experience severe abdominal pain. 

Cause of Mesothelioma Pain:  There are many causes of the mesothelioma pain, but most mesothelioma pain occurs when a tumor presses on nerves or body organs or when the mesothelioma invades bones or body organs.  Mesothelioma treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery may also cause pain.

Medicines Used to Treat Mesothelioma Pain:

Mesothelioma pain treatment varies depending on the severity.  It is important to start mesothelioma pain management as early as possible to get the most benefit.  The earlier pain treatment is started, the more effective it is.

Mild to Moderate Mesothelioma Pain:  Typically treated with over-the-counter drugs that do not require a prescription.  These often include aspirin or ibuprofen (Motrin or Aleve) and are called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).  Mesothelioma patients should check with a physician before using these medicines especially if chemotherapy is being administered.

Moderate to Severe Mesothelioma Pain:  Narcotic pain relievers such as morphine, Actiq, Duragesic, Dilaudid, oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, and Tylox) and codeine are often prescribed to treat moderate to severe mesothelioma pain.  These narcotic pain relievers are often used along with mild pain relievers. 

Breakthrough Pain:  A flare-up of pain characterized by rapid onset, severe intensity and short duration is referred to as breakthrough pain.  Mesothelioma breakthrough pain is often treated with onset narcotic pain relievers such as a patient controlled analgesia.  A morphine drip is often used to treat mesothelioma breakthrough pain.  Others include fentanyl and hydromorphine.

Tingling and Burning Pain:  Antidepressants such as Elavil, Pamelor and Norpramine are often used to relieve pain regardless of if the person is depressed.  Anti-seizure medications  are used not only for seizures, but also to control burning or tingling pain or painful symptoms of nerve damage.  These sometimes include Tegretol and Neurontin.  Other drugs used to lessen swelling which often causes pain include corticosteroids such as Deltasone.

Source:  WebMD