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The Top Mesothelioma Hospitals

Mesothelioma patients know that the top medical professionals who specialize in the treatment of the disease often are the best at finding effective treatments for cancer and will travel miles to be treated there. Several hospitals known for offering specialty mesothelioma care have topped the list of “Best Hospitals” from the prestigious U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Mesothelioma is a serious and rare cancer that occurs in those who have inhaled or swallowed asbestos fibers.  The fibers travel through the body resulting in cancer usually many decades later. Mesothelioma, which is often called “asbestos” cancer, is very aggressive and resistant to several different treatments.  Approximately, 3,000 people are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma each year in the United States.

Specialists in the disease are aware of the latest research, and they will develop an informed treatment plan personalized to the unique characteristics of each patient’s cancer.

The top five mesothelioma treatment hospitals according to U.S. News are: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Boston, MA and Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

If you have been diagnosed with any an asbestos related disease, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. To find out how we can help you recover for your asbestos related claim, contact the Law Office of Brayton Purcell, LLP  at  (800) 598-0314 immediately, or contact us online for a free consultation.

Common Products Which Have Been Manufactured with Asbestos

The number and variety of household items which at one time were manufactured with asbestos is truly astounding. In its heyday asbestos was included in the manufacture of practically every part of the home, from wall panels to piping. Many older homes continue to have significant amounts of asbestos products in them.

In order to give you a better idea of the extent of asbestos used in the manufacturing of various every day household products, take a look at the following list of items which have been manufactured with the substance:

  • Asphalt floor tiles
  • Brake linings
  • Brake pads
  • Carpet mastic
  • Ceiling panels
  • Ceiling texture (Popcorn texture)
  • Ceiling tile mastic
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Chimney flue lining
  • Ducts
  • Felt
  • Fire blankets
  • Fire curtains
  • Fire doors
  • Pipes
  • Shingles
  • Siding
  • Spray-on fireproofing
  • Tar or “Black Jack”
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Vinyl sheet flooring (linoleum)
  • Wall panels

These products are not generally considered dangerous as long as home’s residents do not have direct access to them and the asbestos in them is not disturbed. However, those looking to do major home renovations are advised to first verify whether or not asbestos was used in the manufacture of the home, and if so, to contact professionals for help with its removal.

Battling Mesothelioma – Bill McQueen’s Story

Mesothelioma is a terminal disease which is caused by asbestos exposure. Those who have battled the disease, their care givers, and their loved ones are usually in a unique position to understand the difficulties associated with mesothelioma. Still considered relatively rare, the average American has likely never come across anyone who has mesothelioma, and hence may have a difficult time understanding or identifying with the way the disease works or the symptoms it causes. In order to spread more awareness of the disease, the Wall Street Journal published the following video in 2013.

The subject of the video, Bill McQueen, was diagnosed with the disease in 2011. The Wall Street Journal spent a year with the surgeon, documenting his journey. This heart wrenching video shows how those of Bill’s generation were exposed to asbestos on a massive scale. Bill’s bother died from mesothelioma, and his sister also died from a similar disease. Despite remaining strong and hopeful until the end, Bill died from the disease in about a year.

If you, or anyone you know, have developed asbestos related disease such as mesothelioma or lung cancer, contact the California Mesothelioma Attorneys at Brayton Purcell, LLP now at 855-346-6652.


Types of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is best known as a type of cancer that affects the lining around lungs. It is sometimes inaccurately referred to as asbestos lung cancer, because the most common type of mesothelioma attacks the lining of the lungs. However, mesothelioma can develop in the protective lining of an organ in the body, and from there it can spread. If you have developed mesothelioma, please talk to the California mesothelioma attorneys of Brayton Purcell, LLP, to learn more.

Following is a list of the different types of mesothelioma:

Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma. It develops in the lining of the lungs of people who have inhaled asbestos fibers. It is not the same as lung cancer, and the medical treatments are not the same for the two types of cancer.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma develops in the membrane which lines the abdominal cavity and surrounds the abdominal organs. This type of mesothelioma occurs when asbestos fibers have been ingested.

Pericardial Mesothelioma

The pericardium is the protective sac around the heart. It is believed that the asbestos fibers work their way into the bloodstream from the lungs, and travel to the pericardium. Pericardial mesothelioma is very rare an often misdiagnosed, because the symptoms are similar to those of other diseases.

Testicular Mesothelioma

Testicular mesothelioma develops in the tunica vaginalis which is the membrane surrounding the testicles. It is the least common type of malignant mesothelioma.