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UK’s National Carers Week

We generally call them “caregivers” in the US, while they apparently use the term “carer” in Britain. This is National Carers Week with a focus on “In sickness and in health”, promoting issues relating to carers’ health and wellbeing. Taking care of oneself is a challenge for many caregivers.

Medical news

Study says Early Chemotherapy Improves Outcomes for Mesothelioma

Via the cancer center at the University of Florida. “According to a recent article published in the Annals of Oncology, immediate treatment with chemotherapy improves survival rates at one year and provides improved quality of life compared to administering chemotherapy once symptoms occur in patients with malignant mesothelioma.”

More on chemotherapy for mesothelioma.


Olympic Gold Medal winner dies from mesothelioma

Terrence J. McCann won the gold medal in freestyle wrestling in 1960. He was president of USA Wrestling and served on the board of FILA, the international governing body of wrestling. Diagnosed with mesothelioma last year, he spoke out against the attempt to limit compensation for victims, testifying before Congress.

Press release here.

Medical news

Asbestos also linked to larynx cancer

A new report says there is a relationship between asbestos exposure and larynx cancer, with suggestions that asbestos may also be a factor in colon and stomach cancers. The exact wording from the Institute of Medicine was “the evidence is:

  • sufficient to infer a causal relationship between asbestos exposure and laryngeal cancer;
  • suggestive but not sufficient to infer a causal relationship between asbestos exposure and pharyngeal, stomach, and colorectal cancers; and
  • inadequate to infer a causal relationship between asbestos exposure and esophageal cancer.”

Sen. Arlen Specter, who is trying to push through a bill to establish a fund for asbestos victims in exchange for litigation reform, is asking the IOM for further study.