A Hidden Burden

April 27, 2021 By Nicholas Vogelzang

As an attorney representing people with cancer due to asbestos exposure (primarily mesothelioma), I have seen families face stage IV cancer in an up-close and personal manner, watching them in the initial stages of diagnosis, through the treatment and after the loss.   Mesothelioma usually isn’t detected until it’s in late stage, with initial symptoms like…

Mesothelioma Explained

February 4, 2021 By Esme Johnson

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that affects the protective lining (mesothelium) of the lungs, chest, heart, abdomen and testicles. The disease is often classified into four types. Those types include pleural, pericardial, peritoneal and tunica vaginalis mesothelioma. Of these types, pleural mesothelioma is the most common.  Unfortunately, the prognosis is often…

On the Cutting Edge

January 11, 2021 By Esme Johnson

“What I enjoy about this field is that these patients’ needs are extremely challenging,” says Dr. Robert Taylor Ripley. “They have big problems and need somebody to really be an advocate for them.” With his mind firmly set on cardiothoracic surgery, it was an unexpected change of course when Ripley decided to do a fellowship…

Battling Mesothelioma: An Enduring Fight

January 11, 2021 By Esme Johnson

His children would say he always had a bit of a cough, though it was nothing too serious. When James Battreall was diagnosed with acute bronchitis in 2018, it was the first of two misdiagnoses before doctors finally discovered what was actually going on. A couple of months later, Battreall was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a…

Cryoablation Study for Mesothelioma Opening at UCLA

August 12, 2020 By Esme Johnson

Researchers at UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center will soon begin studying the pre-surgery use of cryoablation as a potential early adjuvant therapy for patients with pleural mesothelioma. The pilot study will measure immune system stimulation through local tumor infiltration in hopes of extending patient survival in the future. Cryoablation, also known as cryotherapy or cryosurgery, freezes…

Optune Lua: The Newest Advancement in Tumor Treating Fields Technology for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

June 16, 2020 By Esme Johnson

In May, Optune Lua became the first FDA approved Tumor Treating Fields device designed for use with standard dual drug chemotherapy for patients diagnosed with inoperable malignant pleural mesothelioma. Previously named the NovoTTF-100L System, the portable device was created by Novocure, a global oncology company leading the way in new therapies for solid tumors. Optune…


January 24, 2020 By Esme Johnson

Mesothelioma is a complicated disease with many false misconceptions. These faulty notions range from how people get mesothelioma to who can develop the disease. To provide some clarity, we are going to run through the five biggest misconceptions when it comes to asbestos exposure leading to mesothelioma.  Myth #1: The United States Has Banned Asbestos…

Breath Test May Be New Hope to Diagnose Mesothelioma Early

August 5, 2019 By Kevin Davis

In a recent interview with the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation or MARF, Dr. Harbut discusses his new research project which seeks to identify markers for mesothelioma using a non-invasive technique which samples organic compounds in the breath of test subjects. If successful, Dr. Harbut’s project will make it easier to screen individuals at risk for…

Asbestos-caused Cancer Blindsides Family

April 3, 2018 By Esme Johnson

Christian F. Hagn, Jr. from Chicago wishes he had known more about asbestos before he abruptly lost his 66-year-old father, Christian A. Hagn, Sr. (1938-2004), to mesothelioma.

“My dad got exposed on the job. I hope I wasn’t exposed, too,” said Christian, Jr. “Companies know that asbestos is killing people, but they keep it on the low. My dad had no protection. They told him it was just dust. Just clean your face, wash your clothes in the laundry, and everything will be fine. It was cheaper for them to lie.”

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