WTC dust proves fatal

Via the blog Confined Space, I see that a New York City police detective at the site of the World Trade Center attack died of respiratory failure recently. The medical examiner said: reasonable degree of medical certainty that the cause of death in this case was directly related to the 9/11 incident.” This may be… Continue reading WTC dust proves fatal

Sequential Chemotherapy has an article about trying to find an effective chemotherapy regimen for mesothelioma. This is such an intractable form of cancer and resists forms of therapy that are effective for other cancers: radiation, surgery, simple chemotherapy. The cutting edge of mesothelioma treatment involves combinaton therapy: more than one treatment. There’s a study out of… Continue reading Sequential Chemotherapy

Avastin to be used for lung cancer

When it was still in development and clinical trials, avastin (bevacizumab) was used in trials for mesothelioma. The authorities sometimes allow experimental drugs to be used in mesothelioma treatment, partly because there are so few effective treatments for mesothelioma and because it more or less an orphan disease (i.e. rare). Avastin was eventually “approved” by… Continue reading Avastin to be used for lung cancer

World Laughter Tour

From the CancerBlog, I see a San Diego oncologist has set up a humor program that performs at Gilda’s Clubs and similar places. Great idea.

Asbestos in the US Capital

Interesting story out of Washington: the tunnels beneath the capital building have asbestos “lying so thick on the ground that it can be scooped up in handfuls.” It’s posing a hazard to workers, and the Capitol Police aren’t even allowing their officers to patrol the tunnels because of the risk. Maybe having asbestos so close… Continue reading Asbestos in the US Capital