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West Virginia mesothelioma patients may have new hope

Over the years, too many West Virginians have died from mesothelioma. It is a terrible silent killer that results from exposure to asbestos fibers. The rare form of cancer can take up to 50 years to develop in the body from the time that the victim inhales or ingests the deadly fibers.

Recently, two major pharmaceutical companies signed contracts with a biotechnology company that has been making strides in developing treatments for cancers like mesothelioma. For the last 20 years, the biotechnology company has been researching cancer treatments using T-Cells, which every person has in their immune system.

Unlike traditional cancer treatments, this new method targets cancerous cells without harming the healthy cells nearby. In addition, it centers around using the body's own immune system to fight the cancer, as opposed to surgery or radiation therapy. Some researchers are so hopeful about the new treatments that they think this method may ultimately lead to a cure for cancers like mesothelioma.

This new treatment is likely welcome news to anyone who has been exposed to asbestos and is at risk for developing mesothelioma. However, researchers are just now putting treatment through clinical trials. That means that it may not be available to patients for quite some time.

Unfortunately, people who have mesothelioma cannot wait, they need treatment now. While the new treatment is not yet available, these patients can get access to the best possible treatments that are currently available.

People who have mesothelioma may be entitled to compensation under a number of different legal theories, including a premises liability lawsuit. In many cases, a person's exposure to asbestos fibers is a result of a building owner who knew of the hazardous conditions but did not correct them quickly enough. Victims of mesothelioma should look into all of their options for recovering damages so that they can afford the best possible treatments that modern medicine has to offer.

Source: Asbestos.com, "Immunotherapy Could Change the Way Mesothelioma and Other Cancers Are Treated," Tim Povtak, July 25, 2013

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