Mesothelioma Empowerment Update - February 17, 2012

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After falling off a ladder, 60 year-old business owner finds his "Guardian Angels" and Dr. Cameron. La Habra, CA

Bob Waniss

Bob Waniss is a 60 year-old business owner who resides in La Habra, California with his wife Sally. Married since 1980, they have three children and three grandchildren.

Bob was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma following a September 18, 2009 biopsy. Prior to the diagnosis, Bob was enjoying excellent health throughout his life.

In August of 2008, Bob fell from a ladder. He experienced some pain and stiffness in his chest and back. He thought he broke a rib. However, because he had heard that there's nothing a doctor can do for a broken rib other than prescribe pain medication, he never sought medical treatment. The pain and stiffness persisted for a number of months. More...


79 Year-Old Retired Teacher Studies Treatment Options and Concludes that Lung Sparing Surgery is the Way to Go. Palmdale, CA

Claudine Sangre

Claudine Sangre is a 79 year-old retired school teacher who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in August of 2011. Her long path leading to her diagnosis began in the summer of 2010.

Prior to her diagnosis, Claudine was enjoying her retirement from the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she had spent over 24 years as an elementary school teacher.

In the summer of 2010, Claudine began to experience a shortness of breath while performing simple household chores. She was the sole care giver of her 14 year-old great grandson who was 100% financially dependent on her. In fact, Claudine had home-schooled him from kindergarten through the seventh grade. More...


Success Makes its Own Luck, 71 year-old Mother Undergoes P/D Surgery at UCLA. Orange County, CA

Martha Munoz

Martha Munoz is a 71 year-old retired social worker who lives with her husband Art in Orange County, California. Martha and Art have five children and eight grandchildren.

Martha and Art have been married since 1965. They had been enjoying an active and fulfilling retirement. They enjoyed taking walks together, going dancing and playing cards with their many friends and family who live near their home in Santa Margarita, California.

Martha had enjoyed good health throughout her life. A lifetime non-smoker, she began experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath in late February of 2009. She initially presented to her internal medicine physician who ordered chest x-rays, which turned out to be suspicious for lung cancer. The films also revealed a right-sided pleural effusion. More...



Mesothelioma Patient's Bill of Rights 

Meso-Byte date Monday, February 6, 2012

We, the mesothelioma patients of the United States, in order to form a more humane justice system, enhance domestic tranquility, provide for quality of life, promote the healing, respect the rights of the injured to seek redress, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our families, do propose this Mesothelioma Patients' Bill of Rights.

  1. Neither the courts nor the defendants shall do harm to a mesothelioma patient who seeks compensation for injuries caused by asbestos poisoning.
  2. If a mesothelioma patient shall produce a prescription from a treating doctor limiting the hours of a deposition, the court shall enforce said time limit in the interest of the patient's life, liberty and dignity.

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Los Angeles Jury Awards More Than $5.55 Million to 70 Year-Old Navy Veteran 

Meso-Byte date Monday, February 1, 2012

Richard Keeney

The Worthington Law Firm and co-counsel The Farrise Law Firm are pleased to report that on January 27, 2012, a Los Angeles, California jury of 6 men and 6 women awarded more than $5,550,000 in favor of their clients Richard Keeney and Howard Garcia. Mr. Keeney declares, "I am utterly amazed at what the two firms have done for me. They both worked really hard."

Mr. Keeney is a 70 year-old gentleman who served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1979, earning five Good Conduct Awards, a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea) and a Navy Unit Commendation. After his retirement from the Navy, Mr. Keeney worked as a pump mechanic at the C&H Sugar plant in Benicia, California from 1976 to 1995. More...


A Tribute to a Dedicated Man: John Johnson. 1943-2012

Meso-Byte date Tuesday, January 4, 2012

Sue and John Johnson. 
January 21, 2012

What is the measure of a man?

Is it the degree of devotion by his loving wife? Is it the respect and admiration of is grateful children? Is it the way his grandchild giggles when he kisses her plump cheek?

Is it the way he, despite great personal discomfort, soldiers on, driven by an unbreakable commitment to his family? Or is it the way he stands his ground - nay, moves forward -- into the killing zone of the beast, appropriately afraid, but resolved to fight to the last breath for what's right, what's fair, and what's good?

Of course, it's all these things. It's a rare thing when a man measures up on all counts. But, call it luck, call it destiny, call it whatever, I have been honored and blessed to meet such a man, and call him my friend. More... 


Honoring our Duty to Treat Veterans with Late Onset War-Related Diseases, Worthingtons donate $100,000 to the Pacific Meso Center 

Meso-Byte date Friday, December 16, 2011

Clyde Robison, Sr.
USN 1956-1960
Mesothelioma, 2007

LOS ANGELES. As we celebrate the end of the war in Iraq, in which nearly 4,500 US soldiers were killed in action, and over 30,000 were injured, we are mindful of our grateful nation's duty to medically treat our veterans returning home with war-related disabilities.

Historically, while our country has offered valuable medical care to veterans with open and obvious physical injuries, it hasn't done a great job treating or attempting to treat our veterans afflicted with latent onset injuries, such as asbestos-caused malignant mesothelioma.

Today, to honor our country's surviving veterans, whether from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or more recent conflicts, who were exposed to deadly asbestos fibers, but for whom the US Department of Defense has never funded a treatment program, we are proud to donate $100,000 to the Pacific Meso Center (PMC). More...

Diagnosis/Staging:

Cell Protein Linked to Mesothelioma Survival

A protein called c-MET predicts longer survival in more than 75% of mesothelioma patient panel. More... 

Prevention:

Automated Counting of Airborne Asbestos Fibers by a High-Throughput Microscopy (HTM) Method

A group of mechanical engineers in South Korea have developed an automated system using high-throughput microscopy (HTM) that they say can quickly and accurately distinguish asbestos fibers from other particles to be used in the workplace.  More...

Surgery & Multimodal Treatment:

Photodynamic Therapy Added to Lung Sparing Surgery Provides Superior Results for Overall Survival in Mesothelioma Patients

Unlike patients who receive traditional lung sacrificing surgery for mesothelioma, the patients in our study who underwent lung sparing surgery and photodynamic therapy, a light-based cancer treatment, have experienced unusually long overall survival rates. More...

EPP Improves Patient Quality of Life

Italian study finds extrapleural pneumonectomy has a significant and durable impact on function and symptoms as well as on physical and mental components of quality of life in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. More...

Clincal Trials:

Phase I studies of CBP501 shown to improve effectiveness of treatment for mesothelioma I studies of drug CBP501 was well tolerated, alone and combined with cisplatin and showed promising signs of efficacy in patients with advanced solid tumors, including mesothelioma. More...

Phase I aims to Combat Mesothelioma With the Measles Virus

In this study, physicians at the Mayo Clinic will be exploring the uses of the measles virus in delivering lethal doses of radioactive iodine to mesothelioma cancer cells, while leaving non-cancerous, healthy cells in the patient's pleura undamaged. The Mayo Clinic has already reported positive early test results on animals. More... 

Phase II Study of IMC-A12 in Patients With Mesothelioma Who Have Been Previously Treated With Chemotherapy

Clinical trial currently testing the effectiveness of a new drug known as IMC-A12 for meso patients who have previously undergone chemotherapy. IMC-A12 is an anti-body drug made in the laboratory that blocks the action of a protein believed to play a key role in the growth of cells, including mesothelioma cancer cells. More...

Radiation:

New proton radiotherapy shows efficacy and less side-effects than usual radiation therapy

Study tested intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) against intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in meso patients after surgery and concluded that proton therapy accomplished additional dose sparing of most organs at risk compared with IMRT. More...

Novel and Alternative Treatments:

Spirulina, Vitamin C Show Promise To Help Liver Damage from Cisplatin

Researchers concluded that spirulina and vitamin C may help reduce meso patients' risk of liver damage or renal failure after receiving Cisplatin. They suggested that a supplementation regimen of spirulina and vitamin C be adopted before and during chemotherapy cycles. More...

Awareness:

European Asbestos Trial Could Have Global Implications

A billionaire Swiss industrialist and a Belgian executive were sentenced to 16 years in jail on by an Italian court and ordered to pay millions of euros in damages for negligence that led to more than 2,000 asbestos-related deaths. The verdict in Turin could set a precedent for proceedings worldwide about safety in the workplace. More...

Later Exposure Lowers Mesothelioma Risk

The later in life a person is exposed to asbestos, the less likely they are to develop mesothelioma, regardless of how long the exposure is. That is the conclusion of a large population-based control study in France aimed at calculating the risk of mesothelioma among workers based on the time and duration of their asbestos exposure. More...

Asbestos-use Increases 25% in U.S. in 2011

In the past year, the United States has imported 1,100 tons of asbestos. In 2009, it imported 869 tons. According to the report, roofing products accounted for about 60 percent of asbestos products imported, the chloralkali industry used about 35 percent and the rest, about 5 percent, is unknown.  More...