Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mesothelioma | Arizona Surgeon Extending Lives in Mesothelioma Battle

The University of Arizona’s Cancer Center hopes to become the premier mesothelioma treatment center in the Southwest.  A UA thoracic surgeon performed the first successful extraplurual pneumonectomy or radical pleurectomy to treat malignant mesothelioma.

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that attacks the lining of the body’s organs including the lungs, heart and abdomen.  Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure.  Currently there is no known cure for mesothelioma and the life expectancy for mesothelioma is generally six to twelve months from diagnosis.  Chemotherapy is said to extend life by a few more months.

Jonathon C. Daniel, MD, Thoracic Surgeon and Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the University of Arizona Department of Surgery offers extrapleural pneumonectomy and radical pleurectomy surgery.  Dr. Daniel has performed at least five of the complex surgical procedure.

The procedure involves the removal of the tumor and affected lung and covering of the heart and the diaphragm.  Once the structure is removed, they are reconstructed with a synthetic material Gore-Tex that has been designed to replace the tissue and supporting functions.  The complex surgery is followed by radiation to the chest cavity to prevent the cancer from returning.

“A cure with mesothelioma is really hard to achieve,” Dr. Daniel said.  “We are trying to extend life.”  Dr. Daniel’s patient, a retired Marine, is currently free of the disease and is looking forward to enjoying his life spending time with his wife of 35 years and “hiking, camping, (and) just enjoying each other’s company.” 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mesothelioma | Electricians and Risk for Mesothelioma

Electricians were often involved in the renovation and upgrading of older buildings or industrial facilities.  As a result, electricians were at 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.

Electricians were at risk for exposure to asbestos when they worked with electrical insulation, or renovated or upgraded wall, floors and ceilings of older buildings.  The process of wiring or rewiring a building or industrial facility often requires the electrician to crawl through or disturb areas where asbestos was or is present in the form of asbestos-containing products.   

Asbestos-containing materials electricians may come in contact include:
  • Electric Wiring Insulation
  • Asbestos-containing insulation
  • Gaskets – High Temperature Gaskets
  • Cement siding
  • Cement wallboard
  • Plaster
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Spackling compounds
  • Electrical Panel Partitions
Electricians regularly worked around asbestos or asbestos-containing materials without adequate protection and as a result are at risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.  Today, products used by electricians do not contain asbestos and electricians involved in the renovation or repair of older building and industrial facilities know the importance of protective gear. 

The Throneberry Law Group helps electricians 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.  

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Mesothelioma | Statute of Limitations and Mesothelioma

The Throneberry Law Group takes cases nationwide, and the laws are different in each state. This includes a statute of limitations that applies to filing a lawsuit. Our lawyers have brought personal injury claims on behalf of men and women who were diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer, as well as wrongful death suits on behalf of spouses and children left behind when the disease proved fatal.

The clock starts when there is a preliminary or confirmed diagnosis of mesothelioma. If a lawsuit is not filed before the deadline in that jurisdiction, the victim or family may be barred from recovering monetary damages. Therefore, it is critical to contact a knowledgeable attorney as early as possible.


The Throneberry Law Group works fast to trace the asbestos exposures in our client's past so that we can file suit and obtain compensation for the urgently needed medical treatment.  If you or your loved one has symptoms of mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer, we urge you to see a family physician or specialist immediately. Then contact us at 888-506-1131 soon after to start the legal process.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mesothelioma | Other Asbestos-Related Diseases – Lung Cancer

In addition to mesothelioma, exposure to airborne asbestos fibers increases the risk of two other major diseases: asbestosis and lung cancer. Asbestos-related diseases can take decades to develop, often manifesting after retirement from an industrial career that involved asbestos exposure. Governmental regulation of asbestos has tightened significantly since the 1970s, so asbestos exposure has been greatly reduced.

Lung Cancer
 
Lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths, differs from mesothelioma. Lung cancer causes the growth of abnormal, cancerous cells into a tumor in the lung itself, not in organ lining. Like mesothelioma, lung cancer can metastasize to other body organs.
 
By far, smoking is the highest risk factor for lung cancer. However, chronic exposure to certain industrial chemicals, including asbestos, also heightens the risk of developing lung cancer. The combination of smoking and asbestos exposure can be deadly. Anyone with a history of asbestos exposure or an asbestosis diagnosis should not smoke tobacco.
 
The main symptom of lung cancer is coughing. Other symptoms include:
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Appetite loss
  • Bloody phlegm
  • Weight loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Wheezing
Common diagnostic tests include x-rays, CT scans, phlegm analysis, biopsies and various intubation tests. A variety of tests are used to determine the lung cancer stage, which influences treatment choices. Treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, medications, radiation, photodynamic therapy (medication combined with light therapy) and fluid removal.
 
Seek Help
 
If you have been diagnosed lung cancer and have a history of asbestos exposure, contact the Throneberry Law Group at 888-506-1131 to speak with a skilled asbestos attorney.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mesothelioma | Other Asbestos-Related Diseases – Asbestosis

In addition to mesothelioma, exposure to airborne asbestos fibers increases the risk of two other major diseases: asbestosis and lung cancer. Asbestos-related diseases can take decades to develop, often manifesting after retirement from an industrial career that involved asbestos exposure. Governmental regulation of asbestos has tightened significantly since the 1970s, so asbestos exposure has been greatly reduced.

Asbestosis

If you have a history of asbestos exposure, you may be at risk for asbestosis, a noncancerous respiratory disease caused when microscopic shards of threadlike asbestos fibers are breathed into the lungs and become lodged. The body excretes acid in response to the foreign object, causing scarring or fibrosis that stiffens the lung tissue, restricting its ability to expand and contract with breathing.

Asbestosis Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Symptoms of asbestosis include shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, weakness, respiratory infection, coughing up blood, hoarseness, swelling of fingers and other extremities, nail abnormalities, insomnia, loss of appetite, weight loss, crackly breathing, and chest pain and tightness. Complications can include heart problems like congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and fluid buildup.

To diagnose asbestosis, doctors may perform pulmonary function tests, blood tests, CT scans and/or x-rays. The disease is not reversible, but its progression can be slowed and symptoms treated. Treatments include medication, oxygen, breathing therapy, chest percussion and fluid draining. Exercise can increase lung capacity and a humidifier can ease symptoms. Effort should be made to prevent infections and colds. In rare cases, patients undergo lung transplants.

Asbestosis Statistics

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Division of Respiratory Disease Studies issued a report on asbestosis in the US:
  • Highest rates of asbestosis deaths were in Washington, Maine, West Virginia, Mississippi, Delaware and New Jersey
  • Most victims were white males with a median age of 74
  • Most common victims' occupations were plumbers, pipe fitters, steamfitters and insulation workers
  • Most common victims' industries were construction, shipbuilding and repair, industrial and miscellaneous chemicals, and railroads
Seek Help

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer and have a history of asbestos exposure, contact Throneberry Law Group at 888-506-1131 to speak with a skilled asbestos attorney.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mesothelioma | Stages of Mesothelioma

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare cancer that attacks the lining of the organs – lung, heart and abdomen.  After malignant mesothelioma is diagnosed by a biopsy, the medical staff will determine the stage of the disease.  To determine the stage of the malignant mesothelioma, physicians may conduct a computer tomography-CT or magnetic resonance imaging-MRI sans to evaluate the progression of the disease.  Once physicians determine the stage, they will determine the appropriate treatment. 

The four stages of mesothelioma are:
  • Stage 1 — The tumor is found in the pleura with or without some involvement of the lung, pericardium (lining of the heart) or diaphragm.
  • Stage 2 — The tumor is found in a stage 1 location, plus involvement of some lymph nodes in the chest.
  • Stage 3 — The tumor has extended into the chest wall, ribs or heart, through the diaphragm or into the peritoneum (the abdominal lining). There may be involvement of the lymph nodes.
  • Stage 4 — The tumor has spread through the bloodstream to distant sites.
What Next?

The stage of the malignant mesothelioma will determine the treatment options. Medical advances have significantly increased life expectancy and quality of life, but mesothelioma is still ultimately fatal. The earlier the cancer is detected, the more likely that life can be extended by months or even years with surgery, radiation or drugs. In later stages, as the cancer is widespread, medical care focuses on pain management and patient care to make life as comfortable as possible for the person.

Call us toll-free at 888-506-1131 for a free consultation. Our lawyers and staff are here to provide both legal help and compassionate support to victims and their families.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Mesothelioma | Mesothelioma Risks in Construction Trades

Asbestos was once an often used material in the construction industry due to its strength and heat resistance properties.  As a result, construction trades involved in the renovation or repair of older buildings may be at risk of exposure to asbestos and possibly mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.  Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that attacks the lining of the organs caused by asbestos exposure. 

Asbestos was common in hundreds of construction materials.  Some examples of asbestos-containing products include: 
  • Wallboard, plaster and joint compounds
  • Flatboard, micarta, permaboard, millboard, rollboard
  • Brick mortar
  • Roof shingles
  • Attic insulation
  • Plumbing pipes and valves
  • Ceiling tiles and flooring materials
  • Electrical wiring
  • Paints, stains and solvents
Many of these asbestos-containing products continued to be used until the mid 1980’s.  As a result, construction trades working in new construction at that time or earlier are at a higher risk for developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.  Examples of construction trades with a higher risk of asbestos exposure include:
  • Carpenters
  • Welders
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Roofers
  • Painters
  • Laborer
  • Demolition worker
  • Brick mason
  • HVAC installer
  • Drywall hanger and taper
  • Millright
  • Sheetmetal worker
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. We are with you every step of the way through your medical treatment and pursuit of justice for mesothelioma.  Call the Throneberry Law Group at 888-506-1131 for a no-obligation consultation and compassionate representation.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mesothelioma | Mesothelioma Cannot Shatter Hope

A mesothelioma diagnosis is frightening where the emotional reactions can be one of shock, fear, anger and denial.  Having experienced and witnessed these emotions first hand, these emotional reactions can be crippling.  It is important to understand that time is of the essence for victims and their families.  Mesothelioma victims must quickly come to terms with the illness to face treatment and to allow family members to understand the psychological stages and symptoms.

The mesothelioma diagnosis will lead the victim and the victim’s family down a path of discovery to determine what mesothelioma can do.  In battling this unforgiving disease, it is important to stay mentally strong and remember what mesothelioma cannot do.  The following was adapted from an anonymous author in battling cancer and “What Cancer Cannot Do”.

What Mesothelioma Cannot Do
  • Mesothelioma cannot cripple love
  • Mesothelioma cannot shatter hope
  • Mesothelioma cannot corrode faith
  • Mesothelioma cannot destroy peace
  • Mesothelioma cannot kill friendship
  • Mesothelioma cannot suppress memories
  • Mesothelioma cannot silence courage
  • Mesothelioma cannot invade the soul
  • Mesothelioma cannot steal eternal life
  • Mesothelioma cannot conquer the spirit
If you suspect mesothelioma or an asbestos-related cancer, consult your physician immediately and then contact Throneberry Law Group.  We know that time is precious after a diagnosis of asbestos cancer, so we go to work immediately.  Our lawyers will work to recover compensation for you and your family to help minimize the financial worries. We will be there every step of the way to offer our support and legal muscle.  

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mesothelioma | Pipe Fitters and Plumbers at Risk for Mesothelioma

Insulation containing asbestos protecting water pipes in homes and commercial buildings may pose a serious health threat to plumbers and pipe fitters.  Plumbers who generally work with residential pipes and their commercial counterpart pipe fitters are often exposed to asbestos containing materials in the course of their daily work.  Plumbers and pipe fitters, for example, are often called to repair or replace pipes insulated with asbestos and as a result may be exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos containing insulation surrounding water pipes was popular because of its temperature and corrosion resistant properties.  Although asbestos containing materials have not been used in new construction since the early 80’s, asbestos containing materials, nevertheless, still can be found in pipe insulation, pipe fittings and pipe coatings.  Other asbestos-containing materials plumbers and pipe fitters may come in contact include:
  • Cement siding
  • Cement wallboard
  • Plaster
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Thermal paper products
  • High temperature gaskets
  • Spackling compounds
Mesothelioma cancer is linked to asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that attacks the lining of tissue that surrounds vital organs such as the lungs, heart and abdomen.  A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association called the number of mesothelioma deaths among plumbers and pipe fitters “proportionally significant”.  The same report predicted mesothelioma deaths among plumbers and pipe fitters will not return to “normal” until approximately 2055.  The report went on to estimate that 1.3 million construction and industry workers are still potentially at risk for being exposed to asbestos in asbestos containing materials.

The Throneberry Law Group helps plumbers and pipe fitters who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer related to asbestos exposure.  We will travel throughout the United States to come to you to help you trace the asbestos exposure that caused mesothelioma. 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.  
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Saturday, February 5, 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.  

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mesothelioma | FDA Orphan Drug Workshop

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Every year there are approximately 3,000 new cases diagnosed.  As a result, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated mesothelioma as an “orphan disease” because it is a rare disease affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. 

The FDA encourages mesothelioma researchers and pharmaceutical companies via the Orphan Drug Act of 1983 to develop mesothelioma drugs and treatment.  This “orphan” designation is designed to motivate mesothelioma researchers and pharmaceutical companies to address the need for a orphan drug in a limited, unprofitable market.  The FDA can help mesothelioma researchers and pharmaceuticals in a variety of forms:
  • Tax incentives;
  • Enhanced patent protection and marketing rights;
  • Clinical research financial subsidization; and
  • Marketing incentives.
The FDA is holding its orphan drug workshop scheduled for February 28 to March 1, 2011 in Claremont, California to help those with the application process.  For more information on the FDA Orphan Drug workshop please see the FDA press release.

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, February 1, 2011

Mesothelioma | Asbestos Risk for Auto Mechanics

Unfortunately, many auto mechanics are unaware of the risk of asbestos-containing products in automobile parts until the diagnosis of mesothelioma or an asbestos related cancer.  The harmful effects of asbestos exposure began to gain national attention in the mid 1970’s because of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.  As a result, government agencies began to warn and protect workers with the use of protective gear.

Even though asbestos regulation began almost thirty years ago, auto mechanics are still at risk for asbestos exposure.  Mesothelioma is directly related to asbestos exposure.  Asbestos-containing materials can still be found in a variety of products in automobiles.  Auto mechanics and asbestos exposure can occur when replacing or repairing - brake linings, clutches and clutch facings, clutch gaskets, heat seals, valve rings and packing and hoodliners. 

One study completed by a government-certified laboratory on behalf of and reported by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer indicated that more than two-thirds of automotive garages had dangerous levels of asbestos dust.  These “alarmingly high” levels of asbestos dust place auto mechanics at risk for mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.     As such, auto mechanics should advise their physician of their likely asbestos exposure and seek routine exams to check for asbestos-related diseases.

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

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