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Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy Support, and Education (ALCASE):"Mesothelioma is a cancer of the linings of the lungs, chest, abdomen, and the organs contained in those areas, rather than a cancer that forms in the lungs. Mesothelioma is most frequently caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals. Asbestos releases strong, microscopic fibers that may injure the protective linings surrounding the body's organs. The Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support, and Education (ALCASE) has had many requests to provide information about mesothelioma, resources for treatment options, and support to those dealing with mesothelioma. We hope this Web site will help to meet that need."
Andrea Drury
500 W. 8th St., Suite 240, Vancouver, WA 98660
800-298-2436 (US only); 360-696-2436
Contact ALCASE for more mesothelioma information at mesoinfo@alcase.org
http://www.mesolung.com/

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Mesothelioma, Bristol Biomedical Image Archive (Pictures, Photos, Cytology Slides):"The Bristol Biomedical Image Archive (Bristol BioMed for short) is an online collection of about 8500 medical, dental, and veterinary images for use in teaching and learning. All the images have been donated by academics working in the biomedical fields in different countries. As a general rule, the images can be used free of charge in learning and teaching. See the terms and conditions of use for further information and contact us if in doubt whether the way you intend to use the images would be legitimate."
http://www.brisbio.ac.uk/ROADS/subject-listing/mesothelioma.html

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Malignant Mesothelioma, How malignant mesothelioma is treated, The Cancer Information Network:"There are treatments for all patients with malignant mesothelioma. Three kinds of treatment are used: surgery (taking out the cancer) radiation therapy (using high-dose x-rays or other high-energy rays to kill cancer cells) chemotherapy (using drugs to fight the cancer) Surgery is a common treatment of malignant mesothelioma. The doctor may remove part of the lining of the chest or abdomen and some of the tissue around it. Depending on how far the cancer has spread, a lung also may be removed in an operation called a pneumonectomy. Sometimes part of the diaphragm, the muscle below the lungs that helps with breathing, is also removed."
The Cancer Information Network: 221-227 Canal Street, Suite 409
New York, NY 10013
webmaster@thecancer.info
http://www.cancerlinksusa.com/rarecancer/nci_patient_mesothelioma.htm

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Clinical Trials: Mesothelioma, Centerwatch.com: Clinical Trials Listing Service:"This site is run by CenterWatch, a publishing company that focuses on the clinical trials industry. The information provided in this service is designed to help patients find clinical trials that may be of interest to them, and to help patients contact the centers conducting the research. CenterWatch is neither promoting this research nor involved in conducting any of these trials."
CenterWatch
22 Thomson Place, 36T1 Boston, MA 02210-1212
Phone: 617-856-5900 Fax: 617-856-5901
http://www.centerwatch.com/patient/studies/CAT192.html

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Pleural Mesothelioma, General Practice Notebook:"A mesothelioma is associated with exposure to asbestos, especially blue asbestos. A mesothelioma is a tumour of mesothelial cells which generally occurs in the pleura (rarely a mesothelioma may occur in the peritoneum or other organs) exposure may only be brief. There may be a lag-time of 20 to 40 years. Only approximately 20% of patients have pulmonary asbestosis - however about 90% of patients report previous exposure to asbestosis."
GPnotebook.co.uk, c/o Dr Damian C. Crowther
The Cambridge Institute for Medical Research
Hills Road Cambridge UK CB1 3QL
http://www.gpnotebook.co.uk/simplepage.cfm?ID=-1590362101

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Current Therapy for Mesothelioma, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute:"Mesotheliomas of the pleural cavity are relatively rare tumors. Generally, two types of pleural tumors can be referred to as mesotheliomas. The less common is the solitary (or localized) fibrous tumor of the pleura, previously known as "benign mesothelioma." This slow-growing, commonly benign, well-circumscribed tumor is pedunculated on a pleural-based pedicle and often is cured by resection. The tumor appears to originate from submesothelial rather than mesothelial or epithelial cells.1 The more common variety is the diffuse malignant pleural mesothelioma (DMPM), a true mesothelial malignancy that is locally aggressive, invasive, and almost universally fatal. This multicentric tumor infiltrates the pleural space, results in a pleural effusion, and mechanically compresses the surrounding structures. Though distant metastatic lesions may be seen in up to 30% of cases in autopsy series, most patients die of locoregional invasion and compression of vital structures. The median survival for patients with DMPM is between four and 12 months, depending on the stage at presentation."
http://www.moffitt.usf.edu/pubs/ccj/v4n4/article4.htm

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Malignant Mesothelioma, Symptoms, Intelihealth.com (Aetna):"About 90 percent of people who are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma have chest pain or shortness of breath as the first symptoms of the disease. Chest pain is caused chiefly by the spread of the malignancy itself, which in turn causes irritation of nerve cells in nearby tissues. Less severe chest discomfort and shortness of breath generally are caused by pleural effusion (collection of fluid in the chest), not by mesothelioma itself. People with mesothelioma that originates in the peritoneum (abdominal lining) can have abdominal pain and swelling resulting from an accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity. Other possible symptoms include cough, fatigue and unexplained weight loss."
http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/22013/24103/289422.html?d=dmtHealthAZ

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Mesothelioma Web (MW):"Before the Internet, it was very hard to find comprehensive information on mesothelioma in a timely manner. Now, with the development of the Internet there is so much information available that sorting through it all can be overwhelming. The Mesothelioma Web (MW) is dedicated to consolidating the most up to date, concise, mesothelioma medical information, contacts and important links. Our resource coordinators are constantly on the lookout for new information and are available to help you find answers for your individual situation. Mesothelioma Web may be contacted toll-free at 1-877-FOR-MESO. (Please read disclaimer at bottom of page before proceeding.)"
Law Offices of Jonathan David, P.C.:
10655 Six Pines Drive, #260 The Woodlands, TX 77380
1-877-FOR-MESO
http://www.mesotheliomaweb.org/

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Malignant Mesothelioma Home Page, National Cancer Institute:"Treatment Information about treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and vaccine therapy Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment Mesothelioma: Questions and Answers Questions and Answers About Metastatic Cancer Prevention, Genetics, Causes Information related to prevention, genetics, and risk factors Understanding Gene Testing Search: Cancer Genetics Services Directory Cancer Genetics Overview Asbestos Exposure: Questions and Answers Clinical Trials Information on clinical trials and current news on trials and trial-related data Mesothelioma Updates Search for Clinical Trials Cancer Literature Resources available from the PubMed database Cancer Topic Searches: Thoracic Cancers Cancer Literature in PubMed Statistics Information related to cancer incidence, mortality, and survival Finding Cancer Statistics"
NCI Public Inquiries Office
Suite 3036A 6116 Executive Boulevard, MSC8322 Bethesda, MD 20892-8322
1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237), Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
http://www.cancer.gov/CancerInformation/CancerType/malignantmesothelioma

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Lung Tumors: A Multidisciplinary Database: Mesothelioma, Virtualhospital.org:"Without dispute, most significant etiological factor for the development of malignant mesothelioma is asbestos exposure, the fibers of which have been found within the tumor specimen. The two types of asbestos fibers felt to be associated with malignant mesothelioma are: 1) curly pliable serpentine-like asbestos (chrysotile) and 2) rod-like amphibole asbestos (crocidolite, amosite) [3]. Chrysotile asbestos is the most common cause of mesothelioma in the United States [5,6]. Asbestos has been used for over 2000 years, mined for its heat-resistant and noncombustible properties [4]. Its greatest use was in the 1930's-1960's for insulation in buildings and homes, building ships, and auto repair. Asbestos was ubiquitous in the mid-1900s until its ban in 1986 by the Environmental Protection Agency [4]. However, asbestos still remains in old buildings and ships built before 1987 [4]. Inhalation of the harmful microfibers initiates the disease process. Most of the inhaled asbestos, particularly the short fibers, are cleared by the lung's defense mechanism like mucociliary action, macrophages, and penetration into the interstitial tissue [3]. The long rod-like fibers are trapped in the lower 1/3 lungs adjacent to the visceral pleura [3]. These trapped fibers initiate inflammation and fibrous scarring. Over the course of 30-40 years, the mesothelial cells may differentiate into malignant mesothelioma."
http://www.vh.org/adult/provider/radiology/LungTumors/Mesothelioma/Text/MesoIntro.html

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Mesothelioma Resource Web - Malignant Mesothelioma, Pleural Mesothelioma, P...
Mesothelioma Resource Web WelcomeWelcome to the Mesothelioma Resource Web, a comprehensive online source for information on medical issues, mesothelioma treatment options, other mesothelioma informat...
http://www.mesoth.com

Mesothelioma Cancer- Meso Glossary:"Malignant mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer occurring in the sac lining of the chest pleural mesothelioma or abdomen peritoneal mesothelioma, or the lining of the heart pericardial mesothelioma. These cells are tissue that surround or line the lungs, heart, and stomach. The mesothelial cells protect these organs by producing a lubricating fluid that allows these organs to move smoothly."
http://www.pleural-mesothelioma-cancer.com

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