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News stories about mesothelioma and its effects on people who were exposed to asbestos. Accoring to the British Journal of Cancer: "The annual number of mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain has risen increasingly rapidly by about 12-fold from 1968 (the first year in which ascertainment is believed to be complete) to 2001." (Source.)

  1. MPs raise concerns over House of Lords actions on asbestos compensation
    The ceremony to mark Action Mesothelioma Day will be held at the Asbestos Memorial in the memorial Gardens opposite the Town Hall. 12 noon, this Wednesday 27 February.

  2. MPs raise concerns over House of Lords actions on asbestos compensation
    Jamie Reed has criticised the House of Lords for denying hundreds of West Cumbrian victims compensation for an asbestos-related disease.

  3. Alimta treatment approved for mesothelioma sufferers
    Alimta has just been made available to mesothelioma patients after a decision by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). Before now, only those living in Scotland and the Northwest and Northeast of England could access the treatment.

  4. Pleural plaque not allowed as grounds for compensation in UK
    Law Lords rule the condition called pleural plaques, a scarring of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos, is not a disease as it has no symptoms.

  5. Alimta drug limit for asbestos victims in Australia
    Alimta is not listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme despite long-term campaigning by asbestos activists.

  6. Mesothelioma Patients in Limbo Over Drug
    Northern Ireland sufferers could have to wait until late 2009 before Alimta gets the go-ahead from the NHS.

  7. Highland School Full of Asbestos
    Inspectors recently advised teachers not to post anything on the walls because they contain asbestos.

  8. Alimta to become available
    NICE previously insisted the drug Alimta (pemetrexed disodium) should be used only in new or continuing clinical trials.

  9. Alimta may come to Cumbria
    NICE said it would take another look at the drug and its appraisal committee would look at the way cost per life gained was calculated.

  10. National asbestos-related cancer epidemic looms
    Epidemic is due from 2011 to 2015 as people exposed to asbestos in the 1960s and 1970s are diagnosed with the disease.

  11. Asbestos payments to be quicker
    Victims of asbestos-related cancers are to be eligible for faster compensation.

  12. Having Mesothelioma
    There is no established pattern to the development of the disease.

  13. Annual Mesothelioma Action Day
    Promotes the Mesothelioma Charter submitted to Downing Street last year.

  14. NHS to review block of Alimta
    Drug advisors are to reconsider their decision to block a drug for people with asbestos-related cancer.

  15. Health chiefs accused over Alimta refusal
    Patients suffering from mesothelioma cancer will not be offered the drug Alimta, after a study by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.


  16. Threat to Alimta availability after review
    Officials are now reviewing their approval of the drug after an initial ruling by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) that it was not cost effective.

  17. Scientist Reveals His Hopes for Better Tumour Treatment
    Scientist who developed the world's first effective treatment for asbestos-related lung cancer believes the drug can be made more effective.

  18. Alfacell Achieves Full Patient Enrollment Milestone for the ONCONASE Phase IIIb Registration Study in Unresectable Malignant Mesothelioma
    Press Release from Alfacell Corporation

  19. Asbestos: The Iron Grip of Latency
    Asbestos said to be the number one carcinogen in the world of work


  20. British Mesothelioma patients seek new chemotherapy drugs
    Report from the BBC


  21. Press appeal to make mesothelioma drug available a success
    Evening Chronicle in Newcastle gets Alimta made available on the NHS to mesothelioma sufferers


  22. Dad refused drug after radical cancer surgery
    Jeff Hurrell believes he is a victim of "postcode prescribing" and has vowed to fight for new chemotherapy drug Alimta, which is available in other parts of the UK but not Teesside.


  23. Painful legacy of asbestos at work
    What can be done to help those with mesothelioma? The sort of treatment a patient gets depends very much on where he or she lives as there is no agreed central management strategy.


  24. Asbestos victims win compensation
    Asbestos victims have finally won a £95million compensation battle against Turner & Newall, the company which owned Ilminster-based bearings firm The Glacier Metal Company.


  25. The expected burden of mesothelioma mortality in Great Britain from 2002 to 2050
    British Journal of Cancer article on the epidemiology of mesothelioma.
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