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jueves, 28 de abril de 2011

California Mesothelioma Attorneys

Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason
Mesothelioma Attorneys With A History Of Success

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the attorneys at Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason are here to help. Our attorneys have represented families impacted by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers for more than 25 years. We have successfully litigated mesothelioma cases throughout the United States, and have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries for our clients. We never charge our clients a fee unless we recover compensation.

Mesothelioma is a serious cancer usually associated with asbestos exposure. New treatments that are available for mesothelioma patients offer hope for improved survival and quality of life. However these treatments can be expensive. Part of our job is to obtain monetary compensation for our clients, to allow them to focus on fighting mesothelioma without the stress of financial worry.
We also are committed to obtaining justice for our clients that goes beyond medical bills and financial losses. We seek compensation for the pain and loss experienced by families impacted by this terrible disease. The fact is that most cases of mesothelioma could have been prevented if information that was known and available to the asbestos companies had been passed along to the users of asbestos products. We use the law to force these companies to pay fair compensation to our clients.

Experienced Mesothelioma Lawyers

In the 25-plus years that we have been handling mesothelioma cases, we have represented hundreds of workers who were exposed to asbestos in virtually every kind of industrial setting. These have included workers from the United States Navy, from government and private shipyards, oil refineries, chemical plants, commercial and residential construction, foundries, power plants, manufacturing plants, machine shops, automobile repair facilities, asbestos product manufacturing, television and radio repair, heavy equipment operation, etc.
Our law firm has also represented family members of industrial workers who were exposed to asbestos fibers brought into the home on the workers' clothing. In other cases, our clients have been office workers, professionals or students who were unsure how they were exposed to asbestos. Over the years, we have become experts in identifying and proving the full range of asbestos exposures that cause mesothelioma to occur.
We have developed a vast library of documents, legal discovery and depositions concerning the asbestos manufacturers and their products. And we have developed information about common industrial and commercial sites, shipyards and ships, focusing on the asbestos products used at each location. With this background of knowledge, we begin most cases by interviewing our clients in their homes, to learn as much as we can about each individual’s work history, experience, needs and expectations for their case.

California Law Firm Serving Mesothelioma Clients Nationwide

Our headquarters are in Sausalito, California, just north of San Francisco, but we serve mesothelioma patients and their families across the entire United States and have successfully represented clients in almost every state. Please call our toll-free number 1-877-801-4647 if you would like to consult with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer at no cost. Or if you prefer, fill out the contact form on this page, and we will contact you promptly. If your case is filed in a state other than California, we will associate local counsel in that state.

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The website provided by the attorneys at Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason is constructed to bring you the most current and accurate information about mesothelioma and asbestos cancers in an easily accessible format.
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martes, 26 de abril de 2011

Mesothelioma Risk

Asbestos exposure: The primary risk factor for mesothelioma
Asbestos is a mineral that's found naturally in the environment. Asbestos fibers are strong and resistant to heat, making them useful in a wide variety of applications, such as in insulation, brakes, shingles, flooring and many other products.
When asbestos is broken up, such as during the mining process or when removing asbestos insulation, dust may be created. If the dust is inhaled or swallowed, the asbestos fibers will settle in the lungs or in the stomach, where they can cause irritation that may lead to mesothelioma, though how exactly this happens isn't understood. It can take 20 to 40 years or more for mesothelioma to develop as a result of asbestos exposure.
Some people with years of asbestos exposure never develop mesothelioma. And yet, others with very brief exposure develop the disease. This indicates that other factors may be involved in determining whether someone gets mesothelioma or doesn't. For instance, you could inherit a predisposition to cancer or some other condition could increase your risk.
Possible risk factors
Factors that may increase the risk of mesothelioma include:
  • Personal history of asbestos exposure. If you've been directly exposed to asbestos fibers at work or at home, your risk of mesothelioma is greatly increased.
  • Living with someone who works with asbestos. People who are exposed to asbestos may carry the fibers home on their skin and clothing. These stray fibers can put others in the home at risk of mesothelioma. People who work with asbestos should shower and change clothes before leaving work.
  • A monkey virus used in polio vaccines. Some research indicates a link between mesothelioma and simian virus 40 (SV40), a virus originally found in monkeys. Millions of people may have been exposed to SV40 when receiving polio vaccinations between 1955 and 1963, because the vaccine was developed using monkey cells. Once it was discovered that SV40 was linked to certain cancers, the virus was removed from the polio vaccine. Whether SV40 increases the risk of mesothelioma is a point of debate, and more research is needed.
  • Radiation. Some research links mesothelioma to the radioactive substance thorium dioxide, which was used along with X-rays to diagnose various health conditions from the 1920s to the 1950s. Mesothelioma has also been linked to radiation therapy treatments to the chest, such as those used to treat breast cancer or lymphoma.
  • Family history. A family history of mesothelioma may increase your risk of mesothelioma, but more research is needed to understand this theory.

Mesothelioma Treatment Options

While there is currently no cure available for malignant mesothelioma, there are treatments available. The types of treatments may include:
  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Intraoperative photodynamic therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Gene therapy

Surgery

Surgery is commonly used in the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. The doctor may remove part of the lining of the chest or abdomen and some of the tissue around it. Sometimes part of the diaphragm, the muscle below the lungs that helps with breathing, is also removed. Depending on how far the cancer has spread, a lung also may be removed (pneumonectomy). The following are some of the most commonly used surgical treatments of mesothelioma:
  • Pleurodesis
  • Pleurectomy or Peritonectomy
  • Pleurectomy/decortication
  • Pneumonectomy (new-mo-NEK-to-me)
  • Extrapleural pneumonectomy (or EPP)

Radiation therapy

High-energy x-rays, gamma rays, neutrons, and other sources of radiation are used to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation coming from a machine outside the body is referred to as external radiation therapy or external-beam radiation therapy. Radiation may also come from materials that produce radiation called radioisotopes. Radioisotopes can be inserted in or near the cancerous cells or tumors; this type of radiation therapy is called internal radiation therapy, implant radiation, interstitial radiation, or brachytherapy. Systemic radiation therapy, also referred to as radiotherapy, irradiation, and x-ray therapy, uses a radioactive substance, such as a radiolabeled monoclonal antibody, that circulates throughout the body.

Chemotherapy

Using drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be taken by pill, or it may be put into the body by a needle in the vein or muscle. Chemotherapy is called a systemic treatment because the drug enters the bloodstream, travels through the body, and can kill cancer cells throughout the body. In mesothelioma, chemotherapy may be put directly into the chest (intrapleural chemotherapy).

Intraoperative photodynamic therapy

A new type of treatment that uses special drugs and light to kill cancer cells during surgery. A drug that makes cancer cells more sensitive to light is injected into a vein several days before surgery. During surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible, a special light is used to shine on the pleura. This treatment is being studied for early stages of mesothelioma in the chest.

Immunotherapy

This new approach uses the body's own immune system to fight the cancer within the body. Immunotherapy treatments are currently being evaluated in clinical trials.

Learn more about gene therapy for mesothelioma.Gene therapy

This approach is designed to treat mesothelioma by correcting the genes that allow a cancerous tumor to grow, potentially controlling tumor size and spread. Like immunotherapy, gene therapy clinical trials are currently underway.

Regarding these treatments

It should be noted that recent studies indicate using a single one of the above listed treatments for malignant mesothelioma has failed to improve patient survival rates; instead, patient survival is being increased when treatment includes a combination of approaches —for instance surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This is called the "multimodality approach," meaning an approach using many modes of treatment.