The National Cancer Institute, a federal agency that supports research into all types of cancer, reported this month that a review of its database of 14,000 cancer patients that received treated since 1973 showed that there has been little improvement in survival rates for mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a painful and incurable lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers in the air, and most commonly occurs in industrial workplaces, such as railroads, trains, ship building yards, boiler rooms and other similar areas.
Although progress in treating mesothelioma to improve survival rates is discouraging overall, the review did reveal some positive news. Scientists have been able to identify characteristics that could improve response to available treatments for mesothelioma. Some of the characteristics include being a woman, being younger when diagnosed, and having a diagnosis when the disease is in its early stages.
Research on mesothelioma also suggests that surgery is the most successful therapy and offers the most hope for improving survival rates.
As mesothelioma attorneys in Virginia and North Carolina, we wish that there was more progress in treating mesothelioma. Most of our Virginia and North Carolina mesothelioma clients worked in railroads for many years, including Norfolk Southern, CSX and Burlington Northern.
If there is anything we would tell someone who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it would be: Speak to a experienced railroad asbestos cancer attorney right away. We have seen a lot of evidence that suggests that many railroads knew about the health hazards of asbestos exposure and yet did nothing about it. In some cases, railroads knew in the 1930s that asbestos exposure could cause horrible and painful cancer. Still, some railroads did not remove asbestos from railroad parts and locomotive engines until the 1990s.
If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, you only have a limited time to file a claim against your former employer. By filing your claim quickly, your chances for a substantial settlement are much higher.