Mesothelioma Patients 4/10/2013 new

Baron and Budd, P.C. is a very successful mesothelioma law firm, with an excellent track record in and out of the courtroom. While they do not win every single case they undertake, they have been very successful in benefiting a great number of mesothelioma patients and their families. In fact, while each mesothelioma lawyer at the firm has an impressive success record in court, their daily actions outside of trial do far more for mesothelioma awareness than most successful settlements could. The attorneys of Baron and Budd, P.C. contribute generously to organizations such as Unions.org, which helps to foster asbestos and mesothelioma awareness. They also contribute financially and through volunteer hours to a number of other mesothelioma education and awareness programs. These actions help far more people than could be helped through litigation alone.

Despite the UK’s ban on asbestos issued in 1985, the number of deaths caused by the disease each year has grown from 153 in 1968 to 2,321 in 2009 – the highest incidence in the world.
This number is set to continue to rise sharply over the next 20 years, with a peak coming in 2020.
Two studies involving the University of Leicester aim to test new potential treatments which could improve survival and quality of life for mesothelioma patients.
Meso2, a study funded by Synta Pharmaceuticals, aims to test the effectiveness of a drug called ganetespib in preventing mesothelioma tumours.
Ganetespib inhibits the action of a protein in cells called heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) – which is required for the stabilization and proper functioning of many proteins required for tumour growth.


Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that attacks the lining, or mesothelium, that protects the internal organs. Mesothelioma prognosis is rarely encouraging but treatment is more effective when begun during the early stages of the disease. For most patients the condition is fatal.
This disease can affect various body parts. The most common type is found in tissues surrounding the lungs. Rarer forms of this cancer are found in the linings around the testicles, heart, and abdomen.
The primary cause of this type of cancer is the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos dust or fibers. The majority of patients who have this cancer suffered exposure to airborne asbestos in the workplace. In some cases, symptoms do not appear until decades after exposure.
Symptoms vary according to where in the body the cancer occurs. When the disease affects the lungs, the patient may experience painful coughing episodes, difficulty breathing, pain under the ribs, and abnormal lumps on the chest. If the disease is in the abdomen, sufferers will have abdominal swelling and pain as well as abnormal lumps in that region of the body.

Mesothelioma is a fast growing and almost always lethal cancer. Even at stage 1, which is when the tumors are confined to the lungs, the survival rate of patients after three years is less than 50%. Unfortunately, not everyone with stage 1 can be saved. However, the chances of surviving long term are much better than for stage 3 and stage 4 patients. Often, mesothelioma patients at those late stages don’t live any longer than a couple of months after diagnosis.


Overcoming denial is a process that generally unfolds rather organically, as the person has time to mentally digest the news and overcome some of the initial shock it has caused. Certainly, any feelings of skepticism ought not be invalidated, however; seeking a second medical opinion is usually encouraged and can help the patient come to a place of acceptance.
Among the most cited potential benefits to all cancer patients:
  • Health insurance companies can no longer set lifetime dollar limits, or even annual limits, on coverage.
  • Cancer patients cannot be dropped from coverage because they have become too costly.
  • A person cannot be denied coverage, like they previously were, because of a pre-existing condition like cancer.
  • Preventative screening, which is vital in combating most cancers, will be guaranteed with very little, or no out-of-pocket costs.
  • The guarantee of affordable health care and preventative screening is likely to mean more Americans will have their cancers diagnosed earlier, leading to better prognosis.