Posts Tagged ‘adenocarcinoma’

Judge Amos Saunders dies of adenocarcinoma allegedly linked to courthouse asbestos

19 Aug 2015 by under Legal, People

Judge Amos C Saunders 100x100 Judge Amos Saunders dies of adenocarcinoma allegedly linked to courthouse asbestosA man who once dedicated his life to meting out justice from the bench may have had his life cut short as a result of a hazardous material in his own courtroom. Adenocarcinoma, a form of cancer that has been linked to exposure, took the life of retired New Jersey Judge Amos Saunders on Aug. 16 of this year. The litigation pinning the judge’s alleged asbestos exposure to the courthouse will “absolutely” continue on and be amended to a wrongful death case, Saunders’ attorney, Rachel Placitella, told the New Jersey Law Journal. (more…)

What is Mesothelioma?

27 Feb 2008 by under


Mesothelioma and Asbestos

22 Feb 2008 by under


How to keep hoping?

18 Feb 2008 by under News, Organizations

Probably one of the most discouraging things about Mesothelioma is the fact that it is hard to diagnose and hard to treat. The diagnosis for most patients is bleak. By the time the cancer is diagnosed, it’s often advanced. Most patients only live for a year, maybe two, after being diagnosed.

This is a cancer that has a really long incubation period, with the time between first exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma ranging from 20 and 50 years. Even scarier, the American Cancer Society (ACS ) says that the risk of mesothelioma DOES NOT DROP with time after exposure to asbestos. The risk appears to be lifelong and undiminished.

As a result, most patients diagnosed with mesothelioma are older. The ACS says about three-fourths of people diagnosed are over 65 years old. They may already be weak from symptoms of the disease, or unable to tolerate aggressive therapies.

Of course, it’s now known that exposure to asbestos is the main reason for the development of mesothelioma, and also asbestosis (formation of scar tissue in the lungs) and adenocarcinoma, another form of the asbestos-related cancer. The highest risk group seems to be people who were exposed to asbestos through their work. The ACS estimates that up to 8 million Americans may already have been exposed to asbestos.

As of mesothelioma grows, it is hoped that more people who know they were exposed to asbestos will seek diagnosis early. It has been shown that a chest x-ray often isn’t very effective in diagnosing mesothelioma, so there has been interest in a blood test that measures the levels of certain proteins that is higher in people who have lung damage due to asbestos.

But even with early diagnosis, traditional cancer treatments, like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, are not very effective against mesothelioma. One problem is that it does not grow as a single mass. Instead it tends to spread along surfaces, nerves, and blood vessels. This makes it hard for one or more types of treatment to get rid of all of the disease. Cancer treatments may ease symptoms, like shortness of breath, pain, bleeding or trouble swallowing, but they are unlikely to provide a longterm cure.

So how do people continue to hope? What keeps them fighting? I’d really like to know. Please share your story with me.

Also, a GREAT site to check out is the Lung Cancer Support Community. Their link is in the blogroll, or type in They have message boards, chats, information and even a place to start your own blog.