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Chemotherapy “best hope” for asbestos sufferers

There are many different scientists and researchers around the world who are investigating possible cures and treatments for both asbestosis and Mesothelioma

However, despite efforts to develop newer and more effective drugs, researchers in Japan believe that standard chemotherapy remains the best option for sufferers. As medical complications develop many years after exposure to the deadly fibres, Australia is beginning to see an increase in cases that began in the 1970s or 1980s – when asbestos was regularly used the construction of homes and workplaces.

This claim came as part of research to discover if current measures are enough, given the growing number of patients. In light of this, scientists at the Shizuoka Cancer Center and Juntendo University in Japan still believe the traditional chemotherapy combination of cisplatin and pemetrexed will continue to be the best option for sufferers.

As part of the study, researchers tested how successful different drug combinations were for 30 patients. More than half (17) were on cisplatin/pemetrexed while the other 13 were on an alternative mixture.

According to researchers, the response rate on cisplatin and pemetrexed was 35 per cent, compared to just 15 per cent for the other.

These medications are widely used in conjunction with radiation treatment and surgery, but can also be given to patients who can't have surgery as their Mesothelioma has spread from one part of the body to another.

"It should continue to be the standard, front-line chemotherapeutic regimen for inoperable MPM (malignant pleural Mesothelioma)," said the authors of the study, published this year in Respiratory Investigation.

While it could be some time before a definite solution is found to these diseases, patients could consider seeking damages if their exposure was caused by poor workmanship or in their employment. It is also wise to seek medical treatment as swift action, increases the rate of survival after exposure.

Asbestos compensation claims in NSW

Under New South Wales law, you are entitled to claim compensation on many dust-related conditions including asbestosis and Mesothelioma. It is irrelevant whether you are a member of the public or a worker on a construction site.

For more information, get in touch with the compensation lawyers at Gerard Malouf Partners today.

These lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis so they can advise you on your chances for success free of charge – if they think you have a case, it's completely up to you whether you engage their services.

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