Mesothelioma

Weitz & Luxenberg Asbestos Lawyers and Mesothelioma Lawyers Among the Best

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Asbestos lawyers and mesothelioma lawyers at the law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg were recognized as being among the “Best Lawyers in New York” in 2008 by New York Magazine. The firm is proud to announce that it received this distinction in previous years as well. The repeated inclusion of the firm in the list of distinguished lawyers attests to the firm’s commitment to excellence.

Inclusion in the list of “Best Lawyers” is based on votes by other lawyers. Thus, the list reflects the judgment of a substantial number of lawyers. According to New York Magazine, the “Best Lawyers” list “remains the gold standard of reliability and integrity in lawyer ratings.”

Asbestos Lawyers Prepare for February Trial Involving Asbestos Titan W.R. Grace

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According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, asbestos lawyers are converging on the small town of Missoula, Montana, where a February 2009 trial date has been set for one of the most significant criminal indictments for an environmental crime in U.S. history. The trial relates to the government's case against The W.R. Grace Co. and six of its executives on charges that they knowingly endangered the lives of thousands of people with asbestos tainted ore from its Libby Montana asbestos mine.

Asbestos has been shown to cause various types of cancer. As such, asbestos lawyers have frequently been successful in winning substantial verdicts or settlements for clients suffering from asbestos related cancers. In many cases, asbestos lawyers have been able to convince juries that asbestos defendants were aware of the lethal dangers of asbestos but concealed the dangers to capitalize on the commercial uses of asbestos.

Epidemiology of Mesothelioma 


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Numerous scientific papers have been written describing surveys and research studies about the epidemiology, or cause, or mesothelioma. The overwhelming consensus is that asbestos fibers are the unique cause of this devastating disease.

Research done in Great Britain, Europe, South Africa and the United States all confirm these findings. In Great Britain, death records dating back to the 1950s and 1960s stating the cause of death as http://www.baltimoremesotheliomalawyer.com/mesothelioma-causes.html pleural mesothelioma correlate with the deceased having worked in environments where they were exposed to asbestos. The statistics further correlate with increased numbers of http://www.baltimoremesotheliomalawyer.com/mesothelioma-women.html cases of mesothelioma in women who worked in factories using asbestos, such as manufacturing gas masks. In one study covering an 11-year period from 1968 to 1978 deaths in England and Wales from pleural mesothelioma rose by 75% in men working in asbestos related jobs.

Cisplatin Chemotherapy Treatment (What It Is, How It Is Given, Side Effects)

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What Cisplatin Is

After a 2003 research study showed promising results Cisplatin has become a standard http://www.baltimoremesotheliomalawyer.com/treatment-by-stage.html chemotherapy for mesothelioma. The FDA approved its use when mesothelioma cannot be treated by surgery. Cisplatin is a platinum-based chemotherapy that programs cell death. In 2004 it was approved for use in combination pemetrexed, which prevents the formation of both RNA and DNA, effectively preventing cell growth.

How Is Cisplatin Given

Like many chemotherapy treatments, cisplatin is administered through an intra-venous (IV) drip. This IV drip usually takes between six and eight hours to infuse the full dose. Most often the therapy is repeated every few weeks over several months.

Screening for Mesothelioma and Serum Osteopontin Level Testing 


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Diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma is often made too late to successfully remove the cancer or halt its progression. Consequently, researchers have been looking for a biomarker that would be definitive in diagnosing metastatic mesothelioma, but, as yet, have not been entirely successful. Serum osteopontin is a molecule whose presence is associated with metastatic mesothelioma. It one of three biomarkers that have raised a lot of interest, and generated many research studies around the world.

One study published in 2007 by the Pulmonary and Thoracic Oncology Department, Hopital Calmette (this is not a misspelling,) Lille, France concludes that osteopontin is not sufficiently specific to diagnose mesothelioma. They did conclude, however, that it might be useful in monitoring the disease. The paper states that cytohistology is still the most accurate diagnostic measure for mesothelioma.

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