Posts Tagged ‘Houston’

Hurricane Harvey could create asbestos risk during clean up

28 Aug 2017 by under News
harvey tmo 04aug05 100x100 Hurricane Harvey could create asbestos risk during clean up

Credit: NASA

As , Texas, area residents seek shelter from flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 storm at landfall Friday night, they face weeks, months and even years of rebuilding — of trying to restore the havoc nature caused. In the process of rebuilding or demolishing or sanitizing, residents will likely face clean-up threats  through exposure to toxic chemicals and building materials, including , as MyMeso has previously reported. (more…)


International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma will travel to three U.S. cities

26 Apr 2016 by under Events

marf logo 300x70 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma will travel to three U.S. citiesIt should come as no surprise that the diagnosis of a disease like mesothelioma can feel isolating. Whether you’re a sufferer, a family member, or a caregiver, mesothelioma takes its toll on your life and livelihood. That’s why the (Meso Foundation) will be hosting its in three major cities – Houston (May 20), San Francisco (Sept. 16) and Chicago (Oct. 7) – in hopes of making an event more easily accessible and affordable to those who most need help, support and educational resources. (more…)


Mesothelioma-related lawsuits recently filed in Louisiana due to workers’ exposure to asbestos

8 Jul 2014 by under Legal, News

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Mesothelioma related lawsuits recently filed in Louisiana due to workers exposure to asbestosSeparate lawsuits were filed in recently due to the development of mesothelioma in two unsuspecting individuals – engineering clerk and Stanley Gaudet, a former union president who is now deceased. (more…)


Michigan firefighter Wilson loses battle with mesothelioma

14 Jan 2009 by under News, People

portage fire department logo Michigan firefighter Wilson loses battle with mesotheliomaIn June we brought you the story of Michigan firefighter , who faced a diagnosis of mesothelioma. His brothers at the firehouse rallied around the 25-year veteran of the Portage Fire Department, working his shifts so that he could obtain long-term disability leave, and helping raise money for him to travel to Houston for treatment.

Sadly, the Kalamazoo Gazette reports that Brad has lost his fight. He passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at age 56, from health issues compounded by mesothelioma, the paper reported.

The newspaper quotes Jim Kelecava, a fellow firefighter, as saying, “When you’re in this profession, there’s a brotherhood you feel with your co-workers, and that’s the same strong bond we all felt with Brad.” They say his willingness to put others first will be his legacy.

Wilson was laid to rest on Saturday, Jan. 3.

We are saddened to learn of Wilson’s passing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.


Michigan firefighters rally for brother

20 Jun 2008 by under Events

Firefighters in the city of Portage, Michigan, are used to facing challenges. Their daily work is filled with the unexpected. Recently, however, they’ve responded to a call that has nothing to do with smoke and flames, but everything to do with helping to save a life, and this time it’s one of their own – 25-year veteran firefighter Brad Wilson, diagnosed with mesothelioma.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports members of the Portage Fire Department, led by Rick Nason, a firefighter and president of the Portage Professional Firefighters Union, and firefighter Jim Kelecava, have organized a community fund-raising event to help Wilson and his family. The event, a spaghetti supper, will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. tomorrow at of Foreign Wars Post 5855, on S. Sprinkle Road in Portage. Donations will be taken at the door.

The paper reports Wilson and his wife, Cinda, and mother, Mary Lubbert, leave next week for Houston, where Wilson will undergo evaluation at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

His co-workers at Station 3, as well as throughout the , say Wilson was always the first in line to offer help to anyone who needed it, taking extra shifts, participating in the department’s Honor Guard and raising money for underprivileged children and muscular dystrophy, according to the Gazette. It was automatic, they said, to rally around their friend and colleague.

If you live in the Portage area, please take the time to visit this fund-raising event!


What is Mesothelioma?

27 Feb 2008 by under

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New system for staging lung cancer

15 Feb 2008 by under News, Research/Treatment

As I was browsing some of the online news sites today, I came across an article on msnbc.com that was originally posted Aug. 31, 2007, attributed to The Associated Press. It talks about a new system of classifying tumors in lung cancer cases that can help more people get access to aggressive therapy who might otherwise have been ruled out, and also to help prevent those who aggressive treatment wouldn’t particularly help avoid the stress of ineffective and physically draining treatment.

The new system was developed by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. I’m putting a link to the group in my blogroll, but it’s mainly full of professional development opportunities for doctors. But if you’re interested, it’s there.

Basically, the old system of “staging” a tumor (based on tumor size, how much it has spread, etc.) was developed from examining about 5,000 tumor samples gathered from the University of Texas , in , DECADES ago. The new plan is based on 100,000 tumor samples from around the world, including Asia (predicted by ResearchandMarkets.com, particularly Japan, to see increases in cases of Mesothelioma due to the heavy use of asbestos there in the 1970s).

Doctors predict that the expansion of tumors for study and comparison will greatly increase understanding of tumor characteristics and allow them to better identify specific stages of tumor development beyond the four basic groupings (which will remain in place). They estimate that as a result as many as 10,000 patients a year in the United States will be shifted from inoperable to operable classifcations!

Changing some groupings, like creating more sub-stages for tumor size, reclassifying tumors that have spread into the fluid surrounding the lung, recognizing that spread to certain lymph nodes is more dangerous than its spread to others, and additional factors will let patients be classified at an earlier stage, where they can be recommended for more aggressive treatments.

Right now, only about 20 percent of cases are diagnosed in stages 1 or 2.

The article quotes Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, who says that staging for lung and other types of cancer should become even more precise in the near future, as biomarkers and gene tests are developed that will even better sort patients.

Expanding the base of study from 5,000 samples limited to the U.S. – and one cancer center in the U.S. – to a base of 100,000 samples that includes international elements has to be good for the future of treatment. Just think how much more doctors can learn, and how much more variety they will be able to access to help them make a more accurate diagnosis!