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December 10, 2005

Mesothelioma Drug Alimta Approved in North East England

Patients across the north east of England are to be given a potentially life-saving lung cancer drug.

Regional health bosses have lifted restrictions on Alimta to be given to people with mesothelioma.

The decision by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Strategic Health Authority was made just days after a Teesside man's case was highlighted by the BBC. (BBC News)

November 15, 2005

Steeve McQueen's Legacy of Laetrile

Steve McQueen's death 25 years ago this month ended a bizarre drama in which he surreptitiously traveled to Mexico for an unorthodox cancer treatment. (

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July 15, 2005

Mesothelioma Cases Increasing in Japan

A surge in the number of reported Japanese deaths linked to asbestos some 25 years after the first world health warnings has sparked accusations of government negligence over its policies toward the cancer-causing material. (UPMC Cancer Centers)

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April 23, 2005

New Blood Test for Mesothelioma

Australian researchers have developed a world-first blood test which could help people worldwide in the early detection of mesothelioma, a deadly asbestos-related cancer of the lung lining. ((Ninemsn, Australia)

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March 9, 2005

Mesothelioma Awareness in the UK

According to the article, the death rate from mesothelioma is rising steadily in the UK, where activists say there needs to be more awareness in the medical community and in the general population about this deadly disease. "The death rate is expected to keep rising until 2015. By 2050 90,000 people are expected to have died from the cancer."

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August 22, 2004

New Cancer Drug for Pleural Mesothelioma

A new treatment for asbestos-related lung cancer has been registered for use in New Zealand.

Alimta (Pemetrexed) has been shown to extend the life expectancy of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma an average of 12 months, compared with six to eight months on existing treatments. (New Zealand Herald)

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