Thursday, March 8, 2007

The 2007 Philippine Blog Awards

Bloggers’ Choice Award

clash of the bull and the frog
Estudyanteng Pinoy Dormitorian
One Day at a Time
Inside PCIJ
Micamyx-Dagupena Dreamer
Pulse circle
Random Thoughts
Hush and Listen
Project backspace
Reyna Elena
Jerry Yan Philippines
Wish You Were Here
TurfSite Manila
Just typing out loud. . . =p
bulitas:blog as a religion
The Hell You Care
Maria went to “The Netherlands”

Best Blog Design

well whatever…
Room Noise
Rebel Pixel Productions
Behind Wonderland
Aaron Roselo : Teenage Angst Regression En Route
The heart, etc.
Project backspace
my portfolio
Life is Abundant
Hush and Listen

Best OFW Blog

Composed Gentleman
Looking through foreign eyes
Reyna Elena
Rising Above the Phantasms of a Geek
Maria went to “The Netherlands”

Best Free Custom Theme

Funky Beat
Mini Romantic
Morning Dew
Darkened Waters
Pink Beauty
Simple Lavender
Island After Sunset
Grass Green

Best Blog Plugin/Extension

Guestbook Generator
Hacked WP Category Post Plugin
Name Dropper Wordpress Plugin
Top Posts by Category Plugin

And here are the nominations for the Main Categories:

Aaron Roselo : Teenage Angst Regression
Noisy Noisy Man
Last Leaf Designs and Chronicles
The Random Salvos of Death
Life’s lessons - egg and corn soup for the soul
I AM Jay
Islander in the City
Looking Through Foreign Eyes
Welcome Aboard.
Rising Internet Star
Pinoy Potter’s Chronicles
life’s incidence
Super Tipid
Room Noise
i surrender all
mga kwentong parlor ni wanda ilusyunada
Nuovo Inizio
Pregnant Pauses
in retrospect…
Beyond Eternal
Winter Lord
charleslemark. my blog. myself.
Behind Wonderland
Make Poverty History
Azrael’s Merryland
Sheena’s Site
Sketches of a Village Idiot Savant
Waititng for Illusive Sleep…
Top Dog
clash of the bull and the frog
Estudyanteng Pinoy Dormitorian
Refine Me
Micamyx-Dagupe√Ďa Dreamer
kurdapya dos
One Day at a Time :: blogging about all things awesome
Slip of the Pen
Diverted cyberlife of a political life planner
Scars of my wrecked soul
Mind, Heart, and Mysteries
Just typing out loud… =p
The D Spot
My Pinoy Humor Blog
The Journal of the Jester in Exile
Pulse circle
Fight Pompe
All Turned Grey
Edged lair
Jessica Rules The Universe
The Microhierax Chronicles
Balikbayan Box
Hush and Listen
The heart, etc.
Sugar Sentiments
Alas Filipinas
Batang Baler
Appellant’s Brief
Ganns Deen Online
6 letters I have in mind about LIFE… G-O-O-G-L-E
Nobody Else Like Me
chronicles of a reformed-rebel
In A Jaded World
The Crazy World of Ayan
Wish You Were Here
Dear Diarya
beautiful disaster
lost in the city of los angeles
Ako si Eagleman
Hazy Reality
TurfSite Manila
The Wifey Diaries
Memoirs Of Jing
The Construct
Buhay Si Patrick
Angelhouser at
The Bachelor Girl
Sinag, Sinagiph
bulitas shots
Of Foolish Wisdom, Moonshine and Melancholy
Well Whatever
Whoas and Woes
Oh! Happy days!
Sonnie’s Porch
{ K ’s Journal }
Ang Blog ni Paurong
jenoside in spain
Rebel Pixel Productions


Noisy Noisy Man
The Man Blog
Billycoy’s Blasted Brain Blogs
TransFormers Philippines
High Denzity
TV DVD Source
Project backspace
Gibbs cadiz
Jerry Yan Philippines
Pinoy Christian Music
Pinoy Rickey


Standard Web Standards
Captain’s Log
Computer Troubleshooting
Tech 2.0
Rebel Pixel Productions
Six Things
Alleba Blog


Ivan About Town
Byahilo: Your Journey Begins Here
A travelogue & digital rebel Website
Coconuter En Route
Lakbay Pilipinas - Philippines Travel Blog
Our Awesome Planet
Negros Island Online
Batang Baler
LipadNa: Travel to the Philippines


Not Just For Superheroes
The Composed Gentleman
Journal of The Jester In Exile - Voice of The Filipino
Peter Lavina
Far From Neutral Notions
Inevitable Karma
khanterbury tales
Philippine Commentary
From the Boondocks
Our Times
A Citizen On Mars
Hush and Listen
Salita Blog
The Pidjanga of Mainit, Surigao del Norte

Home & Living

Midlife Mysteries
Health Finds
Mabuting Balita
dessert comes first
Our Awesome Planet
Entering Marriage Life
Healthy Living
Wifely Steps
Perfect Proposals Online

Photo Blog

Senor Enrique
Trigger Happy
Tortured Squid
Dolly Rock Muse
The Sleepy Traveler
Random Thoughts
Daily Snap
Project Manila
Agring’s Simply Digital
Hush and Listen
On Screen: Photos within Jepoy’s Visual Range
chronicles of a reformed-rebel
the accidental photoblogger
bulitas shots
Photography. It’s love.
The Dubai Chronicles

Fashion & Lifestyle

Six Degrees of Inspiration
Cathy Chronicles
Manila Gay Guy
Life Funtastique
Gibbs cadiz
Dolly Rock Muse
Suzaku Lace
Inside PCIJ Pinoy Podcast

News & Media

Inside PCIJ
Marian SN
khanterbury tales
Davao Today
RG CRUZ, Observer


Radiant View Communications
Reyna Elena
Reflections of a BizDrivenLife
Follow the Process
Sonnie’s Porch
Waukster Online

Sports & Recreation

Who rides a Vespa?

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Mesothelioma (benign-fibrous)

Benign mesothelioma is a noncancerous tumor of the pleura (lining of the lung and chest cavity).

Causes, incidence, and risk factors Return to top

Nonmalignant mesothelioma is usually a localized tumor that affects men more frequently than women. The tumor may grow to a large size and compress the lung, causing the symptoms of shortness of breath.

Symptoms Return to top

Chronic cough
Shortness of breath
Chest pain

Approximately half of mesothelioma patients are asymptomatic (show no symptoms of disease).

Signs and tests Return to top
During a physical examination, the health care provider may notice a clubbed appearance of the fingers.

Tests that may show mesothelioma include the following:

Chest x-ray
CT scan of the chest
Open lung biopsy

Treatment Return to top

Surgery is usually necessary for a solitary tumor.

Expectations (prognosis) Return to top

The outcome is expected to be good with prompt treatment.

Complications Return to top

Pleural effusion (fluid escaping into the membranes around the lungs) is a complication.

Calling your health care provider Return to top

Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you notice symptoms of mesothelioma.

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Updated by: Allen J. Blaivas, D.O., Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Learning About Mesothelioma


Current Treatment & Experimental Treatment Trials at the Columbia University - Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.


What is Mesothelioma? Mesothelioma from the (Greek meso+ thelioma, tumor of middle lining tissue) is an uncommon cancer, originating from the cells which form the membrane lining the abdominal cavity (peritoneal membrane or peritoneum) which houses the intestines, or the chest (pleural membrane or pleura) cavity housing the heart and lungs, in which the cells making up those tissues begin to grow out of control.

Mesotheliomas most often are seen in older patients, more often men that have a history of occupational exposure to asbestos, although other causes such as radiation and certain viruses have occasionally been implicated. In a proportion of cases, no asbestos exposure can be identified.

Mesotheliomas involving the lung and pleura characteristically present as progressive shortness of breath due to the thickening of the lining membrane of the lung with gradual contraction of the breathing space; often, fluid accumulates in the lung spaces as well, further interfering with breathing, Mesotheliomas involving the abdominal cavity present with digestive symptoms, and abdominal swelling due to thickening of the lining membranes of the gut, and accumulation of large amounts of fluid in the abdomen.

How serious is it ? Mesotheliomas are serious and potentially life-threatening. Survival of patients with mesothelioma is usually short if effective treatment is not found, especially those with tumors that can be shown to be growing aggressively. Because mesotheliomas have usually spread throughout the pleural or peritoneal cavity before the diagnosis is made, complete surgical removal is only rarely possible. Moreover, mesotheliomas are not as sensitive to radiation therapy or chemotherapy as are many other tumors.

How are mesotheliomas diagnosed? In all cases, the diagnosis of mesothelioma must first be unquestionably established by biopsy of affected or suspicious tissues, and by definitive microscopic examination by a trained pathologist. Biopsy almost always requires an invasive procedure such as thoracoscopy and pleural biopsy, or laparotomy or laparoscopy, The removed tissues may be treated with special biological or chemical stains which are used to help the pathologist establish a firm diagnosis. The pathologist usually also comments upon the rate of growth and biological virulence of the tumor

Second, the tumor must be staged if possible by X-ray, CAT scan, MRI or other types of scans to clarify its location within the body, and to estimate the likelihood of effective curative or palliative therapy. Staging of mesothelioma by x-ray measurements, however, is difficult and often unreliable.

How are mesotheliomas treated? A treatment plan is devised depending upon the mesothelioma type, aggressiveness, primary location, and degree of local (rarely, distant) spread. The treatment of pleural mesothelioma is difficult. Treatment with surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy used alone or in combination may be proposed, depending upon the potential benefits and risks of each modality. Surgery is rarely used alone, but sometimes suffices when only a small pleural patch of mesothelioma is detected, thus allowing visually complete removal of the tumor. More often, mesotheliomas of the left or right pleural cavity cannot be completely removed without taking the entire lung (pneumonectomy) on the same side as well. In such cases, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy is given postoperatively to help eradicate any residual mesothelioma that may have escaped the surgeon.

The treatment of peritoneal mesotheliomas is even more problematic; until recently no consistent treatment was available. At our institution, peritoneal mesotheliomas have been managed in the experimental setting with combined modality treatment consisting of extensive (usually not complete) debulking surgery, followed by intraperitoneal and systemic chemotherapy followed in turn by whole abdominal radiation therapy.

Because mesotheliomas now represent less than one percent of cancers and and are infrequently seen in the practice of most community oncologists, finding the correct treatment can be very difficult. Proper management of mesotheliomas often requires evaluation at larger tertiary hospitals or Comprehensive Cancer Centers by specialists in medical, surgical and radiation oncology with experience in all aspects of the clinical care of mesothelioma patients, including the newest experimental treatments.

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Monday, March 5, 2007

Mesothelioma: Questions and Answers

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that covers most of the body’s internal organs. Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles.

1.What is the mesothelium?

The mesothelium is a membrane that covers and protects most of the internal organs of the body. It is composed of two layers of cells: One layer immediately surrounds the organ; the other forms a sac around it. The mesothelium produces a lubricating fluid that is released between these layers, allowing moving organs (such as the beating heart and the expanding and contracting lungs) to glide easily against adjacent structures.

The mesothelium has different names, depending on its location in the body. The peritoneum is the mesothelial tissue that covers most of the organs in the abdominal cavity. The pleura is the membrane that surrounds the lungs and lines the wall of the chest cavity. The pericardium covers and protects the heart. The mesothelial tissue surrounding the male internal reproductive organs is called the tunica vaginalis testis. The tunica serosa uteri covers the internal reproductive organs in women.

2.What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma (cancer of the mesothelium) is a disease in which cells of the mesothelium become abnormal and divide without control or order. They can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also metastasize (spread) from their original site to other parts of the body. Most cases of mesothelioma begin in the pleura or peritoneum.

3.How common is mesothelioma?

Although reported incidence rates have increased in the past 20 years, mesothelioma is still a relatively rare cancer. About 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year. Mesothelioma occurs more often in men than in women and risk increases with age, but this disease can appear in either men or women at any age.

4.What are the risk factors for mesothelioma?

Working with asbestos is the major risk factor for mesothelioma. A history of asbestos exposure at work is reported in about 70 percent to 80 percent of all cases. However, mesothelioma has been reported in some individuals without any known exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos is the name of a group of minerals that occur naturally as masses of strong, flexible fibers that can be separated into thin threads and woven. Asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products, including cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation. If tiny asbestos particles float in the air, especially during the manufacturing process, they may be inhaled or swallowed, and can cause serious health problems. In addition to mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer, asbestosis (a noncancerous, chronic lung ailment), and other cancers, such as those of the larynx and kidney.

Smoking does not appear to increase the risk of mesothelioma. However, the combination of smoking and asbestos exposure significantly increases a person’s risk of developing cancer of the air passageways in the lung.

5.Who is at increased risk for developing mesothelioma?

Asbestos has been mined and used commercially since the late 1800s. Its use greatly increased during World War II. Since the early 1940s, millions of American workers have been exposed to asbestos dust. Initially, the risks associated with asbestos exposure were not known. However, an increased risk of developing mesothelioma was later found among shipyard workers, people who work in asbestos mines and mills, producers of asbestos products, workers in the heating and construction industries, and other tradespeople. Today, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets limits for acceptable levels of asbestos exposure in the workplace. People who work with asbestos wear personal protective equipment to lower their
risk of exposure.

The risk of asbestos-related disease increases with heavier exposure to asbestos and longer exposure time. However, some individuals with only brief exposures have developed mesothelioma. On the other hand, not all workers who are heavily exposed develop asbestos-related diseases.

There is some evidence that family members and others living with asbestos workers have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma, and possibly other asbestos-related diseases. This risk may be the result of exposure to asbestos dust brought home on the clothing and hair of asbestos workers. To reduce the chance of exposing family members to asbestos fibers, asbestos workers are usually required to shower and change their clothing before leaving the workplace.

6.What are the symptoms of mesothelioma?

Symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until 30 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. Shortness of breath and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleura are often symptoms of pleural mesothelioma. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss and abdominal pain and swelling due to a buildup of fluid in the abdomen. Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever. If the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, trouble swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.
These symptoms may be caused by mesothelioma or by other, less serious conditions. It is important to see a doctor about any of these symptoms. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis.

7.How is mesothelioma diagnosed?

Diagnosing mesothelioma is often difficult, because the symptoms are similar to those of a number of other conditions. Diagnosis begins with a review of the patient’s medical history, including any history of asbestos exposure. A complete physical examination may be performed, including x-rays of the chest or abdomen and lung function tests. A CT (or CAT) scan or an MRI may also be useful. A CT scan is a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body created by a computer linked to an x-ray machine. In an MRI, a powerful magnet linked to a computer is used to make detailed pictures of areas inside the body. These pictures are viewed on a monitor and can also be printed.

A biopsy is needed to confirm a diagnosis of mesothelioma. In a biopsy, a surgeon or a medical oncologist (a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer) removes a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope by a pathologist. A biopsy may be done in different ways, depending on where the abnormal area is located. If the cancer is in the chest, the doctor may perform a thoracoscopy. In this procedure, the doctor makes a small cut through the chest wall and puts a thin, lighted tube called a thoracoscope into the chest between two ribs. Thoracoscopy allows the doctor to look inside the chest and obtain tissue samples. If the cancer is in the abdomen, the doctor may perform a peritoneoscopy. To obtain tissue for examination, the doctor makes a small opening in the abdomen and inserts a special instrument called a peritoneoscope into the abdominal cavity. If these procedures do not yield enough tissue, more extensive diagnostic surgery may be necessary.

If the diagnosis is mesothelioma, the doctor will want to learn the stage (or extent) of the disease. Staging involves more tests in a careful attempt to find out whether the cancer has spread and, if so, to which parts of the body. Knowing the stage of the disease helps the doctor plan treatment.

Mesothelioma is described as localized if the cancer is found only on the membrane surface where it originated. It is classified as advanced if it has spread beyond the original membrane surface to other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes, lungs, chest wall, or abdominal organs.

8.How is mesothelioma treated?

Treatment for mesothelioma depends on the location of the cancer, the stage of the disease, and the patient’s age and general health. Standard treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Sometimes, these treatments are combined.

Surgery is a common treatment for mesothelioma. The doctor may remove part of the lining of the chest or abdomen and some of the tissue around it. For cancer of the pleura (pleural mesothelioma), a lung may be removed in an operation called a pneumonectomy. Sometimes part of the diaphragm, the muscle below the lungs that helps with breathing, is also removed.

Radiation therapy, also called radiotherapy, involves the use of high-energy rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation therapy affects the cancer cells only in the treated area. The radiation may come from a machine (external radiation) or from putting materials that produce radiation through thin plastic tubes into the area where the cancer cells are found (internal radiation therapy).

Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs to kill cancer cells throughout the body. Most drugs used to treat mesothelioma are given by injection into a vein (intravenous, or IV). Doctors are also studying the effectiveness of putting chemotherapy directly into the chest or abdomen (intracavitary chemotherapy).

To relieve symptoms and control pain, the doctor may use a needle or a thin tube to drain fluid that has built up in the chest or abdomen. The procedure for removing fluid from the chest is called thoracentesis. Removal of fluid from the abdomen is called paracentesis. Drugs may be given through a tube in the chest to prevent more fluid from accumulating. Radiation therapy and surgery may also be helpful in relieving symptoms.

9.Are new treatments for mesothelioma being studied?

Yes. Because mesothelioma is very hard to control, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is sponsoring clinical trials (research studies with people) that are designed to find new treatments and better ways to use current treatments. Before any new treatment can be recommended for general use, doctors conduct clinical trials to find out whether the treatment is safe for patients and effective against the disease. Participation in clinical trials is an important treatment option for many patients with mesothelioma.

People interested in taking part in a clinical trial should talk with their doctor. Information about clinical trials is available from the Cancer Information Service (CIS) (see below) at 1–800–4–CANCER. Information specialists at the CIS use PDQ®, NCI’s cancer information database, to identify and provide detailed information about specific ongoing clinical trials. Patients also have the option of searching for clinical trials on their own. The clinical trials page on the NCI’s Web site, located at on the Internet, provides general information about clinical trials and links to PDQ.

People considering clinical trials may be interested in the NCI booklet Taking Part in Clinical Trials: What Cancer Patients Need To Know. This booklet describes how research studies are carried out and explains their possible benefits and risks. The booklet is available by calling the CIS, or from the NCI Publications Locator Web site at on the Internet.
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