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Medicare Now Covers Immunotherapy for Certain Cancers. Could Mesothelioma be Next?

Making Immunotherapy Mainstream An immunotherapy procedure showing promise in the treatment of mesothelioma may soon be covered under Medicare. In August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the use of Chimeric Antigen Receptor, (CAR T-cell), therapy in patients with two specific cancers: non-Hodgkin lymphoma and B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  CAR T-cell … Continued

Mesothelioma Researchers: Immunotherapy Drug Ofev Doesn’t Work

The results of a recent Phase 3 clinical trial have led to a disappointing setback for the mesothelioma community: a highly-touted immunotherapy drug has failed to stop the progression of the disease. Researchers involved in the LUME-Meso study, which combined Ofev (nintedanib) with first-line chemotherapy drugs, say the treatment failed to slow the progression of … Continued

President Signs 9/11 Victim Compensation Funding Bill Into Law

Emergency responders, health care professionals, and recovery workers injured on September 11th now have medical compensation for the next 70 years. President Donald Trump signed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) bill into law during a ceremony on Monday at the White House Rose Garden. Members of the Senate approved the bill just last week. … Continued

Cosmetics and Contamination: Asbestos Exposure From Personal Care Products

Americans use personal care products, from deodorant to lotions to makeup, every day. We don’t always know what’s in these products and often place our trust in the companies that manufacture them. Unfortunately, these corporations don’t always have the consumer’s best interest in mind. Case-in-point: traces of asbestos, a toxic, microscopic fiber that’s unsafe at … Continued

New Mesothelioma Treatment Uses Electric Fields to Fight Tumors

The latest treatment for mesothelioma patients combines the power of electric currents with platinum-based chemotherapy drugs. New Technology Disrupts Cancer Cell Division Patients have a new weapon in the fight against pleural mesothelioma: Novocure’s TTF-100L™ System. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the global oncology company’s “Tumor Treating Fields” (TTF) technology for … Continued

Herbal Medicine and Mesothelioma

It’s not always something people consider when taking a daily prescription or over-the-counter pain reliever, but many medications used in the medical field today are derived from plants. For patients, this raises an important question: can herbal medicine help the body fight cancers like mesothelioma? Botanicals and Cancer Treatment Patients who receive a mesothelioma diagnosis … Continued

New Jersey Lawmakers Vote “Yes” on Statewide Asbestos Ban — Federal Government to Follow?

State and Federal Lawmakers Push to Ban Asbestos in 2019 Legislators in New Jersey have unanimously voted to ban asbestos. A bill that prohibits the sale and distribution of asbestos-containing products passed both the Senate and General Assembly on March 25, 2019, and is now awaiting the governor’s signature. Once the law goes into effect, … Continued

Meeting for Meso: Highlights From the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma

Maggie Rieber and her mother, Robin Roberts, sat at a round table in the middle of a large conference room. On the table in front of her was a small, lined, yellow notepad. Every few minutes, Maggie nodded her head and added another detail to a growing list on the page. “This conference is great,” … Continued

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