Vegetable Compound Shows Promise Reducing Side Effects of Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma attacks the protective membranes inside the body and often goes undetected for prolonged periods of time. The five year survival rate for those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer is around 5-10 percent. The aggressive nature and ability of mesothelioma to escape early detection requires even more aggressive therapies to treat patients. These aggressive therapies come with an even more demanding set of side effects, which may include:

  • Coughing
  • Bladder Irritation
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Lung Scarring (Fibrosis)
  • Nausea
  • Skin Irritation and Peeling

Those undergoing cancer treatments have described the side effects of the treatment as being as bad as the cancer itself. Those suffering from the side effects of mesothelioma may have another option for relief.

Evidence from a French team of researchers is showing that an anti-cancer vegetable compound known as PEITC, used with the widely prescribed chemotherapy drug cisplatin, helps to treat mesothelioma with less side effects than current therapies. The National Cancer Institute reports that PEITC is found in certain nutrient rich plants known as cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables are high in vitamin c and contain glucosinolates which contain many anticancer properties. This family of plants includes:

  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Garden Cress
  • Bok Choy
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Turnip Root
  • Rutabaga
  • Broccoli
  • Watercress
  • Wasabi
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale

While it is currently known that both PEITC and cisplatin are effective at targeting and killing cancer cells, the French team is showing that they are even more powerful when taken together. In addition to the ability to fight mesothelioma cancer, the combination is also proving to come with fewer side effects than other treatment options.

What Causes Mesothelioma Cancer?

Mesothelioma cancer is caused from exposure to asbestos fibers. Asbestos is a flame retardant building material widely used over the past 100 years. It has been used in a wide rage of products, including:

  • Brake Pads
  • Insulation
  • Fire Blankets
  • Textile Garments
  • Gaskets
  • Laboratory Hoods
  • Hair Dryers
  • Aprons
  • Gloves
  • Roofing Felt
  • Shingles
  • Cement
  • And many others…

Exposure to asbestos while at work makes up approximately 75% of all mesothelioma cases. The National Institute of Health estimates that between 1940 and 1970, more than 11 million individuals were exposed to asbestos. The wide use of asbestos by the United States military has resulted in a large number of veterans being affected by mesothelioma.

Is Asbestos Still Used?

Yes. Asbestos continues to be used to this day. Federal law mandates that the product contain a maximum of 1% asbestos. However, the medical and scientific community still maintain that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Trust Funds Created for Mesothelioma Victims

Companies continued to profit for decades from the sale of asbestos well after the negative health consequences were known. To repay the profits received at the expense of the public health, corporations have been forced to establish billion dollar trust funds for victims of asbestos exposure. Those suffering from mesothelioma are entitled to file an asbestos claim and seek reimbursement for their injuries.

How do I File an Asbestos Claim?

Those needlessly exposed to asbestos should contact a mesothelioma lawyer immediately. Once you settle your mesothelioma claim, you are prohibited from coming back in the future if additional expenses are incurred. As your lawyer, we fight to make sure you receive full reimbursement for all your cancer related damages. This may include medical expenses, cost of future medical care, lost wages, suffering, and other damages. Countless individuals have settled their mesothelioma lawsuits without knowing all of their damages, resulting in financial ruin.

Medical and legal experts are often needed to establish the precise amount of money required to cover your future medical care and lost wages. Proving all of your damages in an asbestos case will ensure your future medical care, wage loss and suffering are all reimbursed.

Who Can File a Claim for Asbestos?

If you are suffering from asbestos related cancer or have lost a loved one from the disease, you may be entitled to file a claim for damages. There is NO FEE to speak to an injury lawyer for mesothelioma and NO FEE unless we win your case. Our experienced legal team is standing by to discuss your case by calling (314) 409-7060.

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