Recent Medical Advances in Diagnosing and Treating Mesothelioma

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Despite mesothelioma being a diagnosable condition for years, medical providers remain challenged in finding new methods of treatment. Mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer and the patients die quickly after diagnosis; therefore, the living patient population available to be studied is not significant enough for typical scientific research methods.

As anyone affected by this rare cancer knows, there is no cure for mesothelioma. The main goal of most medical treatment is merely to prolong life and reduce pain, rather than to attempt to return the patient to good health.  Conventional medical treatment for the disease can include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy directed toward the solid tumors.

Mesothelioma Surgeries

Pleurectomy Decortication – the surgeon removes as much of the tumor as possible. The procedure is less life altering than the EP procedure below because it leaves the patient’s lung intact; however, the surgery is longer and more complicated.… Read More »

Pediatric Medical Devices Mostly Tested on Adults Only

Medical Devices for Children

Few medical devices have been specifically approved for use in children. The passage of the 2007 Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act was designed to combat the problem of approving of medical devices for use in children without pediatric testing. Despite the government’s intentions, most medical devices approved for pediatric use since the Act was passed have not been tested on children. Almost all pediatric medical devices are solely tested on people age 18 and older.

The FDA requires at least one clinical trial that shows a device is safe and effective before approving it for use with patients; however, trials don’t have to include the same type of patients that will use the device. Pediatrics also spans a very board spectrum from infant to adolescent, and even then kids can vary significantly in growth and development despite their ages.

“Children are not simply ‘small adults,’ and a device … Read More »

Why does nursing home abuse occur?

Can you imagine any reason a person would intentionally harm an elderly person? Elder abuse victims and their loved ones struggle with this question daily. Several individuals in assisted living facilities are defenseless and often physically incapable of protecting themselves. Nevertheless, elderly residents are violated each year in nursing home abuse incidents. These types of actions are unacceptable and in order to prevent them, we need to understand why they happen.

Lack of Time and Resources

Taking care of our elderly population requires patience and a heartfelt attitude towards the needs of the individual. However, in residences across the country, employees are failing to provide quality care. A reason for this gap is because of the lack of staff available for these positions. Nursing homes may not have quality candidates or the budget to hire additional employees. Remaining employees are left with the burden of extra duties and responsibilities. As … Read More »

Veterans with Mesothelioma

Your loved one is a retired naval officer after 35 years of decorated service. You are proud of their accomplishments, but you are relieved to know that military life is in the past. Especially now since his health has begun to decline. The chronic coughing, chest pains, and trouble breathing occurs more frequently, and your concern is growing. Is it possible that your loved one developed a disease that you both are unaware of? For far too many of our veterans with mesothelioma, the answer is yes.

Who is at Risk?

Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer caused by asbestos fibers used in manufacturing construction materials. Heavy contact with the material over time clogs the lining of the lungs which then creates tumors. Military personnel were exposed to asbestos while using these materials to build, repair, and maintain the functionality of military craft and structures. Every moment they spent in … Read More »

Filing a Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit

Nursing home negligence is a despicable event where assailants prey on the helplessness of the elderly and disabled. Every year new reports arise to reveal the appalling treatment by people who are supposed to be caretakers. As an unfortunate victim or family member of a victim of this tragedy, you need to be prepared to take action against nursing home negligence. The following is a brief overview of the legal process for a nursing home negligence lawsuit.

Evidence

Nursing home abuse can include a variety of situations including physical attacks, malnutrition or dehydration, or the use of a punishment system. To assist your lawyer, compile as much specific evidence on the type of abuse, timeframe, and possible assailants. If your loved one has developed wounds or bruises, ask medical personnel if treatment was given and document medical records. You should also question roommates, friends, and nurses about any inconsistencies or … Read More »