The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Opdivo, an advanced lung cancer drug. Opdivo is the first immuno-oncology drug therapy for patients with lung cancer. Mesothelioma and lung cancer are caused by exposure and inhalation of dangerous asbestos fibers. Patients usually receive chemotherapy as their first choice of treatment to treat this difficult disease. However, Mesothelioma often reoccurs as it is considered chemo resistant, making the disease difficult to treat. Opdivo now offers patients a different treatment modality after chemotherapy. Dr. Suresh Ramalingam, M.D. Professor, Chief of Thoracic Oncology and Director of Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, stated "This milestone brings to fruition the long held hope that immune-oncology medicines can be significantly effective in this difficult to treat population."
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos it is important to know your rights. You have a right to compensation for your exposure to asbestos even though your exposure was years or even decades ago. Companies who manufactured products that contain dangerous asbestos fibers which you came in contact with, either directly or indirectly, are being held responsible for the dangerous effects of that exposure by courts across the country.
Every year, April 28 is set aside to remember those who have died from work related illnesses such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Workers Memorial Day is observed annually across the country to increase awareness and hopefully prevent future diseases related to exposure to known carcinogens such as asbestos. Workers most likely to develop mesothelioma and lung cancer are individuals who had direct contact with asbestos decades ago such as machinists, mechanics, pipefitters and other factory or industrial setting workers.
The 11th Annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, hosted by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation), scheduled for March 5-7, 2014 in Alexandria, Virginia is available for patients and families and the entire mesothelioma community. This year the symposium also features an additional mesothelioma scientific seminar for scientists and medical professionals only. Many topics relating to mesothelioma will be discussed at the symposium with the scientists and medical experts attending the scientific seminar available to interact with symposium attendees after their sessions. For a list of symposium and scientific speakers attending go to www.curemeso.org
Clinical trials may provide treatment for mesothelioma patients that is not available from their physician. Clinical trials are research studies involving people based on scientific research with strict guidelines and limitations. These trials are regulated by the scientists involved as well as the government.
When considering doctors and treatment centers for mesothelioma and lung cancer, The Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute (RBOI) includes seven radiation oncologists and dedicated staff members. RBOI has two offices in Marion County both located in Ocala, two offices in Citrus County, one in Inverness and one in Lecanto, and one in Sumter County in the Villages Medical Center. The American College of Radiology, a national organization, accredits oncology practices and awards accreditation for achievement of high practice standards. They assess quality of healthcare performed by the doctors, staff efficiency as well as the adequacy of the medical equipment in the practice. RBOI is the only practice in North Central Florida accredit by the American College of Radiology.