New Staging Categories Means More Treatment Options

When a patient is diagnosed with mesothelioma, a disease stage is also assigned. The stage determines the treatment plan for the patient. These standards for stage evaluation have been updated through a project led by Dr. Valerie Rusch, renowned mesothelioma specialist from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. This re-categorization will lead to […]

New Mexico Potential Asbestos Exposures

Overall New Mexico Asbestos History New Mexico has a long history of asbestos usage affecting workers in a wide range of industries. Power plants, pipelines, mines, construction – all these industries, and more, exposed employees to the dangers of asbestos. The most deadly disease contracted was mesothelioma, followed by lung cancer and asbestosis. Power Plant […]

Investigation of Additional Cancers When Diagnosed with Mesothelioma

A recent study aimed at determining the incidence of contracting specific second primary cancers (SPCs) after a diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma (MM) and, in reverse, developing MM after acquiring another SPC. The most discovered cancer either before or after mesothelioma was kidney cancer. These findings included both pleural and peritoneal MMs. While the incidence of […]

VA Lessens Need to Choose Between Hospice and Cancer Treatment

Too often, cancer patients and their families must choose between traditional hospice limited to palliative care and active treatment of their disease. Fortunately, the Veterans Health Administration (VA) has taken a lead in offering both hospice/palliative care and cancer therapy concurrently in the United States (US). This is a major step in what has been […]

Four Corners Power Plant and Potential Asbestos Exposure

The Four Corners Power Plant is located on the Navajo Indian Reservation near the borders of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah in the town of Fruitland, New Mexico. Units 1, 2, and 3 coal boilers were constructed beginning in 1963 with other units beginning operation in 1969. In the 1960s, asbestos was an integral […]

New Test Provides Early Detection of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma, a deadly cancer, can take decades before presenting symptoms. A new advancement in testing, the ONCOblot Test from MorNuCo Laboratories, has recently completed a retrospective clinical trial. This test has shown indications of malignant mesothelioma four to ten years in advance of clinical symptoms – a major milestone in finding new treatments for this […]