Advances in new medicine brings fresh hope.


Mesothelioma drug trial gives hope of cure to asbestos-related cancer victims.

BRAD Selmon’s romantic plan to woo his sweetheart Karen was to propose to her on a gondola as they glided romantically through the canals of Venice.  

But before the plumber could put his plan into practice he fell ill in 2010 with pains and fluid in a lung and had to put everything on hold.

It was the beginning of the darkest days of his life. At first, his doctors weren’t sure what the problem was, but soon he could barely breathe and they realised he had mesothelioma, an incurable lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

-: by Steve Stickney from: Inner West Courier Inner West.



Australian researchers lead the way to a cure.


Asbestos-related cancer treatment breakthrough leaves Australian researchers optimistic

Australian researchers are cautiously optimistic after using nanocells to achieve what could be one of the most significant breakthroughs in asbestos-related cancer treatment in a decade.

Scientists from the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Centre have published a case report of a patient whose mesothelioma has almost entirely disappeared.

By The National Reporting Team’s Sophie Scott and Alison Branley


Beautiful minds seeking a brilliant break through.


Revolutionary Toronto cancer treatment gives asbestos victims new life.

Dr. John Cho and Dr. Marc de Perrot have teamed up to pioneer a new technique that has more than doubled survival rates in mesothelioma patients.

Like many people who were exposed to asbestos, it took more than 20 years before former Ontario Hydro mechanic Man Hong Chan knew anything was wrong.

When he started feeling short of breath during his weekly soccer matches, Chan went to the doctor and his worst fears were confirmed: he had mesothelioma, one of the most aggressive forms of lung cancer.

“It was scathing news. I was really scared,” he said. “Most people don’t even last two years.”

But thanks to a new therapy pioneered by a pair of Toronto doctors, 74-year-old Chan has been cancer free for more than four years.


How can any Govt oppose outright bans? Disgraceful.


Released Documents Disclose Secrets Behind Canada’s Opposition to U.S. Asbestos Ban

In the spring of 2011, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) application was filed to learn why and who was involved in the overturning of the Asbestos Ban and Phase-out Rule, a 1989 policy created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The International Asbestos Ban Secretariat, an organization that strives to ban asbestos globally, disclosed the contents from these once-secret documents. It is unclear who filed the FOIA application this spring.

However, with this newly-released information, the public may now have a better perspective on how Canada and the United States negotiated about asbestos regulations two decades ago.

Asbestos, a toxic mineral that causes diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis, was at the center of some political, social and economic relationships between governmental departments within the two North American countries.

Newly released documents detail how Canada fought hard against anti-asbestos recommendation by the EPA and other departments during the 1980s and 1990s. The EPA’s recommendations ended up not being put in place.


Once again aspirin seems to be a miracle drug.


New Study Shows Aspirin May Prevent Mesothelioma.

Simple aspirin could be the key to preventing or delaying the growth of malignant mesothelioma for those who spent years working in high-risk occupations, a new report shows.

Researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center concluded the popular over-the-counter medication can inhibit the growth of mesothelioma tumor cells by blocking the inflammatory effects of a particular molecule that plays a critical role in the progression of the disease.

Although the study used lab mice, its relevance already has reached the clinical stage.

“The findings were very convincing. The aspirin worked really well. It increased survival [in mice] dramatically,” associate professor of the school’s thoracic oncology program, Dr. Haining Yang, told “For anyone at high risk for mesothelioma later in life, taking aspirin might be a good option in terms of prevention.”