Friday, October 26, 2007

Exam Results Successful Examinees - 2007 Licensure Examination for Teachers

Exam Results
Successful Examinees - 2007 Licensure Examination for Teachers







Top 10 highest places:


1.Angelo Aniag Unay (Philippine Normal University-Manila) Macy Marie Mendoza Valdez (Philiipine Normal University Manila)

2.Mark Gleen Ocasla Cidro (Philippine Normal University-Manila) Ma. Luisa Odi Marcelo (Philippine Normal University-Manila)

3.Gerry Cabrera Areta (Philippine Normal University-Manila) Babylen Abaja Arit (Philippine Normal University-Lopez, Quezon) Grace Ann Sauquillo Estores (Philippine Normal University-Manila)

4.Candy Pearl Nacario Cabag (Philippine Normal University-Manila) Pinky Laser Escalona Ilaga (Philippine Normal University-Manila) Jenny Carlos Paguyo (University of the Philippines-Diliman) Joseph Randolph Pino Palattao (Philippine Normal University-Manila)

5.Jonalee Cataquiz Bandoquillo (University of the Philippines - Diliman) Ruby Rose Rodriguez Briones (University of the Philippines-Diliman) Maria Ursula Gabon Caturan (Philippine Normal University-Manila) Hernilyn Veric Pelarco (Mindanao State University-Gen. Santos City) Raychel Hipolito Punsalan (Assumption College-Makati)

6.Nenita Balando Cabidog (Philippine Normal University-Manila) Phoebe Cesar Ocampo (University of Mindanao-Davao City) Ma. Lovena Veladiez Moneva (University of the Philippines- Diliman)

7.Janess Marie Caberte Encarnado (Holy Name University (Divine Word Tagbilaran) Kristine Frances Alcantara Muni (Universidad de Santa Isabel) Vannie Jill Estrella Samonte (Bicol University-Legazpi)

8.Nowell Santos Torres (Philippine Normal University-Manila) Nympha Dumaya Villanueva (Philippine Normal Univesity-Isabela)

9.Glyna Jamila Acenas (Andres Bonifacio College) Rhodaline Fajardo Escala (Philippine Normal University-Manila) Anita Cua Lim (University of the Philippines-Diliman) Hannah Mia Abrenica Navidad (University of the Philippines-Diliman) Alberto Urmeneta Rañin (Leyte Normal University) Louwell Ted Jayson Sevilla (University of Southeastern Philippines-Davao City)

10.Shiela Marie Perandos Castro (University of the Philippines -Diliman) Anna Renissa Sta Tersa Cuneta (Assumption College-Makati) Arthur Ronald Juinio Dayrit (Philippine Normal University-Manila) Christyn Amargo Escurzon (University of Mindanao-Davao City) Grizchelle Villanueva Odtuhan (Philippine Normal University-Manila)


1.Joel Lising Adamos (University of Santo Tomas) Manuel Tablante Eusebio (University of the Philippines-Diliman) Aaron Dalisay Galamgam (University of the Philippines-Diliman)

2.Virgo Mamaclay Gulan (Philippine Normal University-Isabela) Melissa Elinore Manuel Wang (Ateneo de Manila University -QC)

3.Sherwin Barrete Iñigo (Mindanao State University-Marawi City) Missy Dazzle Molinyawe Olea (University of the Philippines-Diliman) Blessilda Perez Rapoza (Philippine Normal University-Manila)

4.Eisha Vienna Maliksi Fernandez (Philippine Normal University-Manila) Julius Abel Bicos Galpao (Centro Escolar Unversity-Manila)

5.Rommel Ambal Ramos (University of Batangas)

6.Jorge JR Salvador Baclor (Philippine Normal University-Manila) Tom Ng Chu (University of the Philippines-Diliman) Celina Punzalan Sarmiento (Philippine Normal University-Manila)

7.Nestor Gonzales Acala (Mindanao State University-Marawi City) Ferdinand Licup Aguila (University of the Philippines-Diliman) Rachel Edita Oñate Roxas (University of the Philippines-Los Baños) Mona Lisa Pardilla Siacor (Central Philippine University)

8.Gissella Bahoyo Lebron (De La Salle University-Manila) Helma Yusa Mesa (University of the Philippines-Diliman)

9.Agripina Lagasca Arboleda (Saint Louis University) Oliver Garejo Daitol (University of the East-Caloocan) Angeli Soledad Roque Echiverri (University of the Philippines-Diliman) Angelita Profeta Radiel (University of the Philippines-Los Baños)

10.Krystal Dianne Masangkay Dolarte (Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Sta. Mesa) Glaiza David Tarine (Holy Angel University)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Asbestos Removal

By the time the EPA and OSHA began issuing dire warnings about the use of asbestos in the 1970s, millions of individuals worldwide had been working in buildings containing asbestos materials for decades. With the issuance of the warnings and the eventual ban, health officials began thinking about the best way to end daily exposure to asbestos, with the hopes of saving many lives in the years to come.

Asbestos RemovalSince the time the warnings were issued, there have been a number of schools of thought when it comes to eliminating asbestos from factories, commercial buildings, shipyards, schools, and homes. In the early years, widespread panic prompted the thought that complete removal was the only way to go while others maintained the “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” attitude. Because asbestos doesn’t present a problem unless it is compromised and fibers become airborne, many inspectors and other officials correctly maintained that if the material was intact and in good condition, there was no need to remove it.

Indeed, there are really four options when it comes to controlling asbestos exposure in a building where it could potentially affect the health of those who work, play, study, or live there.

* Remove – if the surface of the asbestos is crumbling or damaged, or is likely to be damaged in the future, it is best to remove it. If a building which contains asbestos is scheduled for demolition, proper removal is essential before the wrecking ball moves in.
* Deep-seal – if the asbestos is in good condition and isn’t likely to be damaged or disturbed due to construction, etc., many choose to encapsulate or “deep-seal” it.
* Enclose – enclose the area affected by asbestos with new construction so that no one can enter and the asbestos is not disturbed.
* Label and Monitor - if the asbestos is in good condition and unlikely to be damaged, label it, leave it “as is”, and monitor its condition regularly.

While all these may appear to be suitable solutions to a serious challenge, problems arise when asbestos is not treated properly, especially during the removal procedure. Often, removal is NOT the best option, but if it is, it must be accomplished by a licensed asbestos-removal company and according to OSHA procedures. Asbestos removal does indeed tend to elevate levels of airborne fibers, thus putting those in the building at higher risk.

Unscrupulous owners may attempt to “cut corners”, hiring a company that does not possess the proper credentials and, therefore, saving money. If you’re in a building where asbestos is being removed, be sure that the area is enclosed with sheets of plastic, that all materials removed are disposed of properly, and that air quality is constantly monitored during removal. If you suspect that things are being done improperly, leave the building immediately.

If you work in a building where the owners have chosen to “wait and see”, you’ll also want to be sure that a proper monitoring system is in place to assure continued safety. Asbestos should never be totally ignored, even after it’s recognized and labeled, especially if it’s at risk of becoming damaged for one reason or another.

Deciding whether or not to remove asbestos is a major financial concern for building and/or company owners. Hasty removal or improper monitoring should always be a concern for those who may be potentially exposed to airborne asbestos. To learn more about the particulars of asbestos removal and non-removal, sign up for our free information packet.


Asbestos Legislation

Asbestos legislation has long been a volatile issue, in and out of the courtroom. Many companies and individuals have a stake in swinging the pendulum one way or the other. The utmost concern, of course, is for the true victims of asbestos-related Mesothelioma and many senators, congressmen, and other government officials have gone to bat for those who’ve become sick or died from asbestos inhalation, hoping to be sure that their medical expenses can be met and that their surviving families will not be left unable to cope financially.

Asbestos legislation began in the 1970s, and since that time, more and more bills have been either passed or proposed in order to assist Mesothelioma victims. Others have been proposed in favor of the asbestos companies. Some highlights are listed below.

1970s – During this decade, Congress first became aware of asbestos-related injuries and diseases.

1977 to 1981 – The first bills to offer compensation for victims of asbestos-related diseases appeared on the Congressional docket. These were meant to create funds for victims, and required contributions from both asbestos and tobacco companies. Bills regarding guidelines for workers’ compensation for asbestos-related disabilities were also introduced at this time.

Mid 1980s – Both the Asbestos Workers Recovery Act and the Occupational Disease Compensation Act were introduced. For the former, compensation was based on injuries that cause disability and excluded unimpaired non-malignant cases. The latter bill federalized state workers’ compensation for occupational diseases.

1999 – The Fairness in Asbestos Compensation Act was introduced. It would create a formal procedure for federal asbestos cases and would establish the Office of Asbestos Compensation and form an Asbestos Compensation Fund. A decision to pass was tabled.

2000 – A bill is introduced to amend the IRS code of 1986 to provide relief for payment of asbestos-related claims.

2003 – The Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act is passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Without making use of taxpayer dollars, the federal government would “establish a national trust fund privately financed by asbestos defendant companies and insurers.”

2005 – The Senate Judiciary Committee approves the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Act of 2005 which would require asbestos companies to pay into a fund with which victims would be compensated. The act would potentially block lawsuits. This bill is still being debated.

Asbestos legislation is a long and complicated process and one that is confusing to most laypersons. In order to learn more about your legal rights as a victim of malignant mesothelioma, it is often wise to consult an attorney who’s experienced in the rights of asbestos-related cancer victims. He or she can properly review your case and access your possibilities for compensation.

For more information about asbestos legislation and the legal rights that accompany your Mesothelioma diagnosis, send for our free Mesothelioma Resource Kit.


Asbestos in the Workplace

Though the use of asbestos was banned nearly three decades ago, many are still suffering the residual affects of exposure, including the development of such diseases as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Millions of workers worldwide were, at one time, exposed to asbestos for prolonged periods of time, even though many employers had suspected for decades that such exposure was dangerous.

Some workplaces were virtual breeding grounds for airborne asbestos fibers and employers didn’t always take proper precautions to protect workers from inhaling these fibers. Decades later, workers in these industries are paying with their health and with their lives. Industries that are at highest risk for asbestos exposure are as follows:

* Asbestos product manufacturers – these include factories that produced building materials, insulation, floor and ceiling tiles, roofing, fiber cloth, tape, rope, and yarn.
* Automotive repair – mechanics were often exposed to the asbestos used in brakes and clutch linings. Some old cars still contain such parts.
* Contractors or construction workers – those who were employed building factories, schools, offices, or even homes probably handled materials such as those mentioned above. (see asbestos product manufacturers) Materials that were compromised in some way during construction most likely emitted airborne fibers.
* Firefighters – when an old building or factory containing asbestos collapses due to fire, firefighters may be exposed to airborne fibers.
* Oil refineries – many products used in oil refineries contain asbestos and the rate of pleural Mesothelioma among refinery workers is higher than the norm.
* Power plants – many pieces of equipment in power plants contain asbestos, including boilers, turbines, and generators, lined with asbestos for protection from heat and fire.
* Railroads – steam locomotives, and later diesel trains, made use of asbestos as a fire retardant; first in boilers, fireboxes, and steam pipes and later in rope, cement, gaskets, and heavy duty tiles for passenger cars. Railroad brakes and clutches, like automobiles, were lined with asbestos.
* Shipyards – shipyard workers, particularly those who were employed during World War II when asbestos use was at its heaviest, have an extremely high rate of Mesothelioma. At one point during the war, more than 4 million Americans worked in the nation’s shipyards. Asbestos was used to insulate incinerators, boilers, steam pipes, hot water pipes, and many other ship components. Those who overhauled old ships were especially exposed as parts containing asbestos were torn out and replaced. It is also believed that longshoremen probably handled asbestos-laden materials as they loaded ships.
* Mines – those who’ve worked in talc or vermiculite mines have probably been exposed to asbestos dust, contained in both of those minerals.
* Steel Mills – thermal insulation materials used in steel mills may contain asbestos.


The History of Asbestos

Asbestos is not a miracle of modern times but rather a mineral that has been in use for centuries and has long been recognized for its useful properties, such as the ability to resist heat and provide insulation.

In fact, the word “asbestos” dates back to ancient Greece and is thought to have derived from a Greek word meaning indestructible or inextinguishable. The first asbestos quarry was believed to have been located on the Greek isle of Evvoia as early as the first century A.D.

Written information documents the use of asbestos as early as during the years of the Roman Empire, though many experts indicate that it may have been used long before that - perhaps as early as 3000 BC - as is evidenced by archaeological digs in areas of Scandinavia where asbestos was found in pottery and similar objects.

Early society found many uses for asbestos, thanks to what they often referred to as its “miraculous” qualities. Building materials usually contained asbestos as did cloth and women’s clothing. There is documentation that Romans used tablecloths made of asbestos in their restaurants and homes, due to the fact that they could be thrown into the fire in order to remove food and other crumbs or debris that may have adhered to the cloth. When they were removed, of course, the tablecloths were unscathed and rumored to be whiter than ever!

History shows that the ancient Egyptians embalmed their pharaohs with asbestos and other civilizations wrapped or “mummified” their dead in materials that contained this substance. Later, it was used to insulate suits of armor. At one point, asbestos was made into crosses and due to its weathered, wood-like appearance, many deceived the public by stating that the crosses were made from the wood of the cross on which Christ was crucified.

The Industrial Revolution brought about even more widespread use of asbestos. In the late 1800s, in the early years of commercial asbestos mines, the U.S. found that the mineral was perfect for insulating pipes, boilers, and fireboxes in steam locomotives, a burgeoning mode of transportation in North America. Refrigeration units, boxcars, and cabooses were also lined with asbestos insulation and the use of the material continued even after diesel railroads were introduced.

Trains weren’t the only form of transportation that made use of this incredible insulating material. Shipyards were full of asbestos and shipbuilders used the mineral to insulate steam pipes, boilers, hot water pipes, and incinerators, not unlike the railroad industry. Many who built ships, especially during World War II, were exposed to this dangerous material.

The automotive industry made extensive use of asbestos as well. Clutch and brake linings usually contained asbestos and many cars on the road today still contain parts made with this dangerous substance.

The industry that boasted the most widespread use of asbestos was, by far, the building and construction industry. Its insulating and flame-retardant properties made asbestos the perfect material for keeping buildings warm and safe. Not only was asbestos used for insulation in walls but also in such materials as siding, floor and ceiling tiles, roofing tars and shingles, cement pipes, gutters and rainwater pipes, mud and texture coats like stucco, plaster, putty, caulk, and even stage curtains in theaters and schools.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that, in all, as many as 3,000 products may, at one time or another, have contained asbestos, including a number of household items that would otherwise seem innocuous, such as hand-held hairdryers, coffee pots, toasters, irons, ironing board covers, electric blankets, and burner pads.

Because asbestos is often found in mined talc and vermiculite, products containing those two substances may contain asbestos as well. Talc-containing products might include cosmetics, baby powder, and feminine hygiene products. Trace amounts of asbestos have also been found in fertilizers, pesticides, potting mixes, and composts, which often employ the use of vermiculite, due to its drainage and aeration properties.

Sadly, the recognition of the dangerous properties of asbestos goes back to the Roman Empire when concerned citizens and doctors noticed that those who worked in asbestos mines were dying very early or becoming quite ill with lung-related diseases. Records show that by the turn of the 20th century, insurance companies were already charging higher premiums or refusing coverage to those who had jobs that exposed them to asbestos.

It wasn’t until the 1970s, unfortunately, that government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began to regulate asbestos and its uses. By that time, many had been exposed to asbestos and asbestos-containing products for a vast number of years.

Did you or a loved one work in an industry that used products or processes that involved asbestos? Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease like Mesothelioma? If so, perhaps we can help. Be sure to sign up for your free packet of information at this site to learn more about the history of asbestos and those industries that put workers at high risk for asbestos-related illnesses.


Asbestos Industry and the Cover-up

The dangers of asbestos were recognized and documented long before the Environmental Protection Agency stepped in the 1970s to ban the use of the material in the United States. In Roman times, historian Pliny the Elder and geographer Strabo pointed out that workers exposed to asbestos were often ill and were dying at a very young age. They even went as far as to recommend that no one purchase slaves who had previously worked in the asbestos quarries.

Asbestos DangersBy the late 1800s, as more and more individuals began working in factories, physicians began attributing pulmonary problems to the inhalation of asbestos dust, and by 1906, the first documented case of asbestos-related death was reported. Because such disease and its accompanying symptoms often did not develop until approximately 10-40 years after exposure, it wasn’t until the early 20th century that many cases came to light. By 1928, the name Asbestosis became the tag for lung diseases thought to be caused by asbestos inhalation.

It was shortly after this that companies began to cover up the suspected effects of asbestos and the dangers of working with this material. Companies that produced asbestos or asbestos products began circulating “internal memos” as to suspicious worker fatalities and had private discussions about the medical reports that documented their employees’ asbestos-related deaths. Such information was concealed from other employees who may have been at risk.

By the mid-1930s, large corporations were settling lawsuits brought about by victims of Asbestosis by demanding that their lawyers never again participate in the bringing of new actions against them on behalf of other asbestos-related disease sufferers. Furthermore, it’s been documented that corporate officials in the 1930s and 1940s altered warnings that were issued by insurance companies to employees, downplaying the dangers of asbestos inhalation.

When major asbestos companies did agree to conduct health studies in regards to the effects of working with asbestos, they took it upon themselves to once again alter the results, erasing any information that related asbestos to serious pulmonary disease before these reports were released to their employees and/or the general public.

By this time, physicians began noticing that their asbestos-exposed patients had not only contracted asbestosis - characterized by such symptoms as difficulty breathing, an enlarged heart, and persistent dry cough – but many appeared to also be suffering from lung cancer. The “c” word further alarmed asbestos companies and an extensive cover-up became all the more important in preserving their profits.

Factory supervisors and others that attempted to expose risks or to implement safety precautions were usually stopped in their tracks. Finally, in 1964, those who had long touted the dangers of working with asbestos were backed by a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, penned by Dr. Irving Selikoff, stating that, among those who work with asbestos-containing materials, there was an abnormal incidence of asbestosis, lung cancer, and Mesothelioma. Still, asbestos company owners attempted to negate or alter the facts found in this article and other such reports.

At last, in 1971, the first OSHA asbestos-exposure standard was issued. By 1973, the EPA banned spray-on asbestos insulation, noting that it was an air pollution hazard. Towards the end of the 1970s, documentation began to surface which proved that many large corporations had suppressed information about the dangers of exposure to asbestos, hoping to avoid lawsuits by affected employees and/or their families.

In 1979, the U.S. EPA announced their intention to issue a ruling that banned all uses of asbestos. Many other countries followed suit within the next decade. Still, there are countries, many in South America, that have not yet banned the use of asbestos in construction and other products. Furthermore, the decades-long cover-up will long affect those who worked with asbestos prior to the 1980s.

Were you or someone you love the victim of the asbestos industry cover-up? Have your rights been compromised? To learn more about your options, sign up for our free information packet on asbestos and asbestos-related diseases. It’s never too late to learn more about this deadly material that has affected the lives of thousands upon thousands of hard-working individuals throughout the last century.


Asbestos Types

Individuals who don’t know a lot about asbestos but have heard much about its many dangers may be surprised to learn that asbestos is a natural substance, found in various places on the planet, not a man-made substance developed for commercial use. Indeed, asbestos is mined in many countries throughout the world and was, at one time, widely used in many commercial products, usually for a number of reasons including its high resistance to heat and chemicals, its low electrical conductivity, and its strength and flexibility.

AsbestosThis natural material was first used in 1828 as a lining material for steam engines. For many years, vinyl-asbestos tiles were used for floor coverings and automobile clutch facings and brake linings also contained asbestos. Alarmingly, asbestos was even used in toothpaste, as artificial snow for Christmas trees, and as incision thread for surgery patients.

A total of six different types of asbestos are found in the earth and they’re categorized into two separate groups: 1) serpentine, with a layered form and curly fibers, and 2) amphibole, with straight fibers and a chain-like structure. The latter has been determined to be the most dangerous type of asbestos to which human beings can be exposed.

The serpentine group has just one member…Chrysotile. This is the most common type of asbestos, still found in buildings in nearly every developed country throughout the world. As a matter of fact, figures show that between 90% and 95% of all asbestos found in buildings and other commercial products that contain asbestos is of the Chrysotile variety. Furthermore, this is the only type which is still mined, primarily in Canada, Africa, and the former Soviet Republic. Because of its rampant use, Chrysotile accounts for most asbestos-related health problems.

Chrysotile is usually white or green in color and is most often used in insulation and fireproofing products. It can also be woven into asbestos tapes and clothes and is used in the manufacture of cement in the form of sheets, shingles, and pipes. This type of asbestos is also used in a number of friction materials, largely due to its high resistance to heat. These products include automobile brake shoes, disk pads, clutches and elevator brakes. In addition, roof sealants, textiles, plastics, rubbers, door seals for furnaces, high temperature caulking, paper, and components for the nuclear industry contain Chrysotile.

Five kinds of asbestos are members of the amphibole variety. Only two of them were consistently used in commercial applications – Amosite and Crocidolite. These two forms, possessing strong and stiff fibers, are highly dangerous when airborne fibers are inhaled or ingested.

The commercial production of Amosite, also known as “brown asbestos”, was halted within the last decade. Most often used as an insulating material, the use of Amosite has been banned in most countries for several decades. However, at one time, it was the second most-commonly used type of asbestos, accounting for about 5% of the asbestos used in factories and buildings and was sometimes included for anti-condensation and acoustical purposes.

Crocidolite is a rare form of asbestos, bluish in color, and is highly resistant to chemicals. It’s believed to be the most lethal form of asbestos and was often used as a reinforcement material for plastics. In the mid-twentieth century, Crocidolite was also used in pre-formed thermal insulation and, prior to that, some yarns and rope lagging contained this form of asbestos.

Though the use of most asbestos products has long been banned in most developed countries, many buildings may still contain some form of this dangerous mineral. To learn more about the various types of asbestos and their uses, be sure to sign up for a free information packet, available from this site.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Mesothelioma Treatment | Other Sources

American Cancer Society

The "Cancer Information" section includes practical information on psychosocial issues affecting cancer patients. Topics range from home health care to pain control to managing grief.


Information from the National Institute of Health's PDQ database covers many specific cancers, featuring overviews and treatment options.

Center for Disease Control & Prevention

This Web site offers visitors a comprehensive database of data and statistics.


Created and maintained by the University of Pennsylvania, Oncolink offers information about all aspects of cancer for patients and families, from specific types of cancer to ways of coping to the newest information on treatments.

Mesothelioma and Cancer Books

We have compiled a selection of the top 11 ranking cancer books based on research done through the American Cancer Society,, Johns Hopkins University, Barnes & Noble and


Articles & Abstracts

In an effort to answer the questions arising from having a diagnosis such as mesothelioma, this section provides abstracts and links to the most recent medical literature on mesothelioma. We are in the process of performing a systematic review of the literature between 1993 - 2004. We have excluded articles that were restricted to animal subjects and were not published in the English language. The criteria used in selecting studies were determined by an internal medicine epidemiologist. We will organize the articles according to their content in the categories described below.

Review Studies

These are articles reviewing the extensive literature on mesothelioma in an attempt to offer the most up-to-date answers on cause and diagnosis of mesothelioma and the most recent treatment options. While they are an excellent way to start an inquiry, they may not answer more specific questions, pertinent to the individual case.

Case Studies

A number of rare presentations of mesothelioma have been observed. Mesothelioma occurring in children, or mesothelioma affecting sites such as the heart, scrotum or the ovaries will be reviewed in case studies in this section. The rare issue of benign mesothelioma is also discussed.

Etiological Studies

This research attempts to define factors causing mesothelioma, such as most importantly, asbestos. They also analyze other environmental and occupational factors that affect the individual susceptibility for the development of mesothelioma.

Diagnostic studies

These articles may offer a comprehensive review of current diagnostic tools for mesothelioma, or they may analyze specific diagnostic approaches separately. They will also cover topics such as markers for the early recognition of the disease or its recurrence following therapy.

Therapy studies

This category will be the broadest, including articles describing new therapies for mesothelioma, comparing various types of therapies and discussing the outcomes following therapy. The most important aspects of the studies which will be highlighted in the commentary shall be: the type of patients analyzed, the form of therapy used and the outcome pursued by the investigators.


Leading Physicians

James W. Ballard, M.D.
Norwood Clinic
1528 No. 26th Street
Birmingham, AL 35283


Dr. Robert Cameron
P. O. Box 951741
Los Angeles, California 90095-1741
Phone: 310.794.7333

Dr. David Jablons
UCSF Mt. Zion Medical Center
2330 Post St., Suite 420
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 885-3882

Dr. Theirry Jahan
2356 Sutter, 7th FL
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 567-5581

Dr. Mark Lischner
2 Medical Plaza, Suite 100
Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 786-7498


Mark Cullen, M.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Occupational and Environmental
135 College Street, 3rd floor
New Haven, CT 06510-2483

Jack A. Elias, M.D.
Pulmonary Medicine
Yale Cancer Center

Michael Grey, M.D.
UConn Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032

Bruce G. Haffty, M.D.
Therapeutic Radiology
Yale Cancer Center

Graeme L. Hammond, M.D.
Cardiothoracic Therapy
Yale Cancer Center

Michael Kashgarian, M.D.
Yale Cancer Center

Ronald Ponn, M.D.
Thoracic Surgeon
333 Orchard St, Suite 107
New Haven, CT 06511

Carrie A. Redlich, M.D., M.P.H.
Occupational Medicine
Yale Cancer Center


Lary A. Robinson, M.D.
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
At The University of South Florida
12902 Magnolia Dr.
Tampa, FL 33612

John Ruckdeschel, M.D.
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, FL 33612-9497


Richard Kraiden, M.D.
Pulmonary Pathologist
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA 02114

David Sugarbaker, M.D.
Dana Farber Cancer Institute & Brighams & Womens Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

New York

Manjit Bains, M.D.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Philippe A. Chihanian, M.D.
Mt. Sinai Hospital
5 East 98 St.
New York, NY 10029

David Ilson, M.D.
Borys Mychalczak, M.D.
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

Dr. Valerie Rusch
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212.639.5873

Harvey Pass, M.D.
NYU Medical Center
School of Medicine
530 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016
(212) 263-7300

Stephen Rush, M.D.
North Shore University Hospital
Manhasset, NY

Roman Perez-Soler, M.D.
Nw York University Kaplan Cancer Center
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 263-8043
(212) 263-6485

Robert N. Taub, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Program Director
Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital
Atchley Pavilion Room 907
161 Fort Washington Ave.
New York, NY

North Carolina

Dr. David H. Harpole, Jr.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Duke University Medical Center
DUMC Box 3617
3582 Duke Hospital South
Durham, NC 27710
(919) 684-3683


Dr. Larry Kaiser
University of Pennsylvania
4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Phone: 215.662.7538;

Rhode Island

David Ettensohn, M.D.
Pulmonary Medicine
109 Beechwood Avenue
Pawtucket, RI

David Kern, M.D.
Memorial Hospital of RI
Occupational Health Clinic
111 Brewster Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860

John Pella, M.D.
St. Joseph Hospital
Pulmonary Fatima Unit
200 High Service Avenue
North Providence, RI 02904

S.T. Sambandan, M.D.
1180 Hope Street
Bristol, RI

Anthony Testa M.D.
100 Highland Avenue
Providence, RI 02904

South Carolina

James Bradof, M.D.

South Carolina


Spencer McCachren, M.D.
Thompson Cancer Center
Knoxville, TN
(423) 541-1812


Department Of Clinical Investigation
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd, Box 39, Rm R7.2215
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: 713.792.7959


Dr. Eric Vallieres
Box 356310
1959 NE Pacific
Seattle, WA 98195-6310
Phone: 206.543.3093

Washington, D.C.

Cesar A. Moran, M.D.
Department of the Army
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
Washington, DC 20306

Dr. Paul Sugarbaker
Sugarbaker Oncology Associates, P.C.
110 Irving St., NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202.877.3908


Joan H. Schiller, M.D.
H. Ian Robins, M.D.
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin


Cancer Centers


National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892


University of Alabama at Birmingham
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Basic Health Sciences Building
1824 Sixth Avenue South
237 T.I.
Birmingham, AL 35294-3300


University of Arizona Cancer Center
1501 North Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85724


Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA
Box 951781
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1781

USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
1441 Eastlake Avenue MS #83
Los Angeles, CA 90033-0800

City of Hope National Medical Center
Beckman Research Institute
1500 East Duarte Road
East Duarte, CA 91010-3000
Comprehensive Cancer Center

Salk Institute
Cancer Center
10010 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
619-453-4100 x1386
Cancer Center

The Burnham Institute
10901 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
619-455-6480 x3209
Cancer Center

University of California at Irvine
Cancer Center
Building #23 4th Floor
101 The City Drive
Orange, CA 92868
Clinical Cancer Center

UCSF Stanford Health Care
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

University of California at San
Diego Cancer Center
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0658
Clinical Cancer Center


University of Colorado Cancer Center
4200 East 9th Avenue
Denver, CO 80262
Clinical Cancer Center


Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center
Yale University School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8028


Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Miami Medical School
1475 Northwest 12th Avenue, Room 4023
Miami, FL 33136

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612-9497


Cancer Research Center of Hawaii
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1236 Lauhala Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Clinical Cancer Center


Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center
Northwestern University
303 East Chicago Avenue
Olson Pavilion, Room 8250
Chicago, IL 60611
Clinical Cancer Center

University of Chicago Cancer
Research Center
5841 South Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Clinical Cancer Center


Purdue University Cancer Center
Hansen Life Sciences Research Building
South University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1524
765-494-9129 Cancer Center


The Jackson Laboratory
600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0800
Cancer Center


The Johns Hopkins Oncology Center
600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287-8943


Center for Cancer Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room E17-110
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Cancer Center

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
44 Binney Street
Boston, MA 02115


University of Michigan
Comprehensive Cancer Center
102 Observatory
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0724

Barbara Ann Karmanos
Cancer Institute
110 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201


University of Minnesota
Cancer Center
Box 806, 420 Delaware Street, S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Comprehensive Cancer Center

Mayo Cancer Center
Mayo Foundation
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Clinical Cancer Center


University of Nebraska Medical Center
Eppley Cancer Center
600 South 42nd Street
Omaha, NE
Cancer Center

New Hampshire

Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Dartmouth-Hitchock Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756-0001

New Jersey

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
195 Little Albany Street, Room 2002B
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Clinical Cancer Center

New York

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Cancer Research Center
Chanin Building
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
Cancer Center

American Health Foundation
320 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
Cancer Center

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
P.O. Box 100
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Cancer Center

Herbert Irving
Comprehensive Cancer Center
College of Physicians and Surgeons
701 West 168th Street, Room 1509
New York, NY 10032

Kaplan Cancer Center
New York University Medical Center
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Clinical Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263-0001

University of Rochester Cancer Center
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642
Clinical Cancer Center

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Cancer Research Center
Chanin Building
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461

North Carolina

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive
Cancer Center
University of North Carolina
School of Medicine Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295

Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center
Duke University Medical Center
Box 3843
Durham, NC 27710

Comprehensive Cancer Center of
Wake Forest University at Bowman
Gray School of Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157


Ohio State University
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital
300 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Case Western Reserve University
Cancer Research Center
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
Comprehensive Cancer Center


Oregon Cancer Center
Oregon Health Sciences University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, L609
Portland, OR 97201-3098
Clinical Cancer Center


Fox Chase Cancer Center
7701 Burholme Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Wistar Institute Cancer Center
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4268
Cancer Center

University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
16 Penn Tower
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
3471 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2592

Kimmel Cancer Center
233 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Clinical Cancer Center

Jefferson Cancer Center
Thomas Jefferson University
233 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Vanderbilt Cancer Center
Vanderbilt University
649 Medical Research Building II
Nashville, TN 37232
Clinical Cancer Center

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
332 North Lauderdale Street
Memphis, TN 38105
Clinical Cancer Center


The University of Texas
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcolmbe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030

San Antonio Cancer Institute
8122 Datapoint Drive, Suite 600
San Antonio, TX 78229


Huntsman Cancer Institute
University of Utah Health
Sciences Center
15 North 2030 East, Room 2100
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Clinical Cancer Center


Vermont Regional Cancer Center
University of Vermont
Medical Alumni Building
Burlington, VT 05405-0068


Cancer Center
University of Virginia Health
Sciences Center
Box 334
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Clinical Cancer Center

Massey Cancer Center
Medical College of Virginia
401 College Street
Richmond, VA 23298
Clinical Cancer Center


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Avenue
P.O. Box 19024
Seattle, WA 98109-1024

University of Washington
Academic Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Washington, D.C.

Lombardi Cancer Research Center
Georgetown University Medical Center
3800 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20007


McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research
University of Wisconsin
1400 University Avenue, Room 1009
Madison, WI 53706-1599
Cancer Center

University of Wisconsin
Comprehensive Cancer Center
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792-0001


Ask Your Doctor

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is a life changing event. Patients are suddenly faced with trying to understand a disease that they may have never heard of before as well as how far it has progressed, available treatment options and overall prognosis. As you move through the process of diagnosis and treatment it is important to ensure that you maintain clear communication channels with your health care team. To assist you in planning for this important communication with your doctors we have provided a framework below to help you get the information that you will find most helpful at the start of care. Remember - every question is important! Here are some questions that you might want to ask your doctor:

* What type of mesothelioma have I been diagnosed with?
* Is the cancer localized or has it spread to other organs in the body
* Have you identified what stage my cancer has progressed to? What does that mean for me?
* Is there a treatment protocol that you can recommend?
* How effective do you believe the treatment will be?
* Are there any risks or side effects associated with these treatment options? If so, how severe are they?
* Given your findings to date what do you believe my prognosis to be?
* If you believe my cancer is curable, is there a chance that it will come back? What kind of recovery times can I expect?
* Are there any clinical trials available for me to participate in given my diagnosis?
* How can I go about seeking a second opinion?
* How can I begin preparing now for any recommended treatment options?

Asking these questions will provide you with a good start to developing open communications with your provider. It is entirely probable, however, that you will have additional questions of your own. Please think about these in advance and write them down before you get to the doctors office. We hope that you find this framework useful in establishing a good rapport with your cancer care team.


Treatment by Stage

The treatment protocol for mesothelioma differs based on the stage that a patient has progressed to at the time of diagnosis. Provided below is an example of the types of treatment that a pleural mesothelioma patient will undergo at various stages of the disease. We have identified the stages using the Butchart staging system.
Stage I Mesothelioma Treatment

Surgical intervention is most commonly recommended for pleural mesothelioma patients having a Stage I diagnosis. The procedures that are likely to be performed are pleurectomy/decortication or extrapleural pneumonectomy. Post surgery, doctors may further evaluate the patient to determine if chemotherapy or radiation treatment is necessary. It is often determined with stage I mesothelioma that those adjunct therapies are not required.
Stages II, III Mesothelioma Treatment

When mesothelioma has progressed to stages II and III the cancer cannot be cured. At these stages medical treatment focuses on alleviating the severity of the symptoms and keeping the patient as comfortable as possible in order to optimize quality of life. For example, if there is significant fluid build-up in the chest the doctor may order that it be drained. Additionally, there may be instances where removing some or all of the tumor and / or undergoing chemo or radiation treatments will provide symptom relief. Clinical trials at some of the larger cancer centers in the country may also offer different treatment options for patients in these stages.
Stage IV Mesothelioma Treatment

When a patient has been diagnosed with stage IV mesothelioma the prognosis is very unfavorable. At this stage, the cancer has usually metastasized throughout the body to other organs and as with stages II and III, cannot be cured. In this stage, symptoms generally increase in severity and pain management becomes the primary focus of the medical team. Therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation are typically not offered at this stage unless they are needed to support pain management objectives. Oftentimes families find that it is most helpful to seek out additional support through a local Hospice program. Hospice programs focus on providing patient care, developing a pain management protocol and providing support for both the patient and family members at this difficult time. Patients with stage IV mesothelioma may also be interested in participating in specialized clinical trials offered at leading cancer hospitals and centers and are encouraged to seek out those programs if desired.


Clinical Trials

Studies of promising new or experimental treatments in patients are known as clinical trials. During a course of treatment for lung cancer, the doctor may suggest that a patient take part in a clinical trial of a new treatment. A clinical trial is only done when there is some reason to believe that the treatment being studied may be of value to the patient. Treatments used in clinical trials are often found to have real benefits.

There are three phases of clinical trials in which a treatment is studied before the treatment is eligible for approval by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

The purpose of a Phase I study is to find the best way to give a new treatment and how much of it can be given safely. Physicians watch patients carefully for any harmful side effects. The research treatment has been well tested in laboratory and animal studies, but the side effects in patients are not completely predictable.

Phase II trials determine the effectiveness of a research treatment after safety has been evaluated in a Phase I trial. Patients are closely observed for an anticancer effect by careful measurement of cancer sites present at the beginning of the trial. In addition to monitoring patients for response, any side effects are carefully recorded and assessed.

Phase III trials require entry of large numbers of patients; some trials enroll thousands of patients. One of the groups may receive standard (the most accepted) treatment, so the new treatments can be directly compared. The group that receives the standard treatment is called the "control group. " For example, one group of patients (the control group) may receive the standard chemotherapy for a certain type of cancer, while another patient group may receive another type of chemotherapy that may or may not contain an investigational drug to see if this improves survival. All patients in Phase III trials are monitored closely for side effects, and treatment is discontinued if the side effects are too severe.

Researchers conduct studies of new treatments to answer the following questions:

* Is the treatment likely to be helpful?
* Does this new type of treatment work?
* Does it work better than other treatments already available?
* What side effects does the treatment cause?
* Do the benefits outweigh the risks, including side effects?
* In which patients is the treatment most likely to be helpful?

However, there are some risks. No one involved in the study knows in advance whether the treatment will work or exactly what side effects will occur. That is what the study is designed to discover. While most side effects will disappear in time, some can be permanent or even life-threatening. Keep in mind, though, that even standard treatments have side effects. Depending on many factors, you may decide that a clinical trial may be beneficial in your case.

Enrollment in any clinical trial is completely up to you. Your doctors and nurses will explain the study to you in detail and will give you a form to read and sign indicating your desire to take part. This process is known as giving your informed consent. Even after signing the form and after the clinical trial begins, you are free to leave the study at any time, for any reason. Taking part in the study does not prevent you from getting other medical care you may need.

To find out more about clinical trials, ask your cancer care team. Among the questions you should ask are:

* What is the purpose of the study?
* What kinds of tests and treatments does the study involve?
* What does this treatment do?
* What is likely to happen to me with, or without, this new research treatment?
* What are my other choices and their advantages and disadvantages?
* How could the study affect my daily life?
* What side effects can I expect from the study? Can the side effects be controlled?
* Will I have to be hospitalized? If so, how often and for how long?
* Will the study cost me anything? Will any of the treatment be free?
* If I am harmed as a result of the research, what treatment would I be entitled to?
* What type of long-term follow-up care is part of the study?
* Has the treatment been used to treat other types of cancers?


Experimental Therapies

Several forms of mesothelioma treatment such as the drug Alimta, gene therapy, immunotherapy, photodynamic therapy and multimodality therapy are still in their experimental stages. We invite you to read the following articles on experimental therapies for Malignant Mesothelioma.

Drug Therapy

Alimta, a new type of cancer treatment being developed by Eli Lilly, is the first treatment to significantly increase the length of survival and ameliorate the symptoms of the disease. The trial, one of the largest against the fatal disease, was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists.

Gene Therapy

Many strategies of gene therapy are currently under study. Even though the results in animal experiments have been remarkable they have remained disappointing in humans. Other agents such as onconase, thalidomide, lovastatin have been used as single therapy or in combination with chemotherapy with various results.


This therapy involves the removal of patient cells, activation by exposure to cytokines and reinstillatin into the peritoneum, accompanied by additional chemotherapy. In the few cases tried this form of treatment lead to significant shrinkage of the tumor. However most patients had very early stages of disease, and general recommendations are therefore difficult to make, prior to further research.

Photodynamic Therapy

This therapy involves the use of a drug that makes the cancer cells sensitive to a particular wavelength of light. The drug is administered before the surgical procedure. The results have been disappointing, and no survival benefit has been shown in studies so far.

Multimodality Therapy

Doctors are always learning more about the best way to treat patients with mesotheliomas. The roles of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy in the treatment of mesothelioma are highly debated. Treatments which use some combinations of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, called multimodality therapy, are now being studied and may provide the most promising option for some patients.


Conventional Therapies

Conventional mesothelioma therapies include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. You should keep in mind that if you choose one course of action for mesothelioma treatment, you may preclude other courses. All of your options should be considered as soon as possible.


Depending on the stage of a mesothelioma, surgery may be used to remove the cancer and some of the surrounding tissue. Often, however, an operation is not appropriate and the patient may have only minimally invasive procedures to relieve symptoms. A thoracentesis, where fluid in the chest is removed by placing a needle into the chest cavity, may be done to make a patient more comfortable. Sometimes talc or an antibiotic may be injected into the chest cavity to try to prevent the fluid from returning. These techniques are successful in controlling the fluid, at least temporarily, in as many as 90% of patients. Because pleural fluid can compress the lung and cause shortness of breath, these procedures can help patients breathe more easily, however, they do not cure the cancer. In the case of peritoneal mesothelioma, a needle may be inserted into the abdomen to drain the fluid. Similarly, a needle inserted into the pericardium (sac around the heart) can drain pericardial fluid and help relieve circulatory problems. However, draining this fluid may result in complications. Sometimes the cancer cells spread along the needle path, and a tumor nodule may form under the skin of that area.

Surgery for mesothelioma may be performed for one of two reasons: for palliation (to relieve pain and discomfort caused by the tumor), or to cure. Palliative surgery is typically done in cases where the tumor has already spread beyond the mesothelium and is difficult to completely remove, or in cases where the patient is too ill to tolerate a more extensive operation. Curative surgery is offered when the patient is in otherwise good health and the tumor is thought to be localized and can be completely removed. Unfortunately, microscopic spread of cancer cells into the chest wall and diaphragm are common even when such spread cannot be detected by routine tests. Therefore, given the extent of these operations and their very limited success, the exact role of surgery in treating mesothelioma is often debated.

There are two types of operations that may be offered to patients with pleural mesothelioma: pleurectomy/decortication and extrapleural pneumonectomy. Pleurectomy/decortication is usually a palliative (relieves symptoms without curing the cancer) operation in cases where the entire tumor cannot be removed. It involves removal of the pleura, where the majority of the tumor is located. It is effective in controlling effusions (fluid accumulation) and decreasing the pain caused by the cancer.

Extrapleural pneumonectomy is a far more extensive operation and most often used in cases of localized mesothelioma. The operation is technically difficult and performed only by surgeons in large specialized medical centers. It involves removing the pleura, diaphragm, pericardium, and the whole lung on the side of the tumor. The patient must be in overall good health with no other serious illnesses in order to tolerate the large operation. This operation is intended to remove all or most of the cancer and some surrounding tissues as well.

Surgical treatment of peritoneal mesothelioma is often performed either to help relieve symptoms or to attempt to remove the tumor from the wall of the abdomen and other digestive organs. As with pleural mesothelioma, these tumors are often too extensive to remove completely. Similar operations can be performed to remove a mesothelioma from the pericardium (the sac around the heart).

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells. External beam radiation therapy uses radiation delivered from outside the body that is focused on the cancer. This type of radiation therapy is often used to treat mesothelioma. These treatments are much like getting a diagnostic x-ray except for a longer time. Brachytherapy involves radioactive material being placed directly into the chest or the abdomen at the site of the mesothelioma. Radiation therapy is sometimes used as the main treatment of mesothelioma in some patients, especially those whose general health is too poor to undergo surgery. Adjuvant radiation therapy can be used in addition to surgery to kill small deposits of cancer that cannot be seen and removed during surgery. Palliative radiation therapy can also be used to ease symptoms of mesothelioma such as shortness of breath, pain, bleeding, and difficulty swallowing.

Side effects of radiation therapy may include fatigue and mild skin changes that resemble a sunburn. Often these side effects are temporary. Radiation may also make the side effects of chemotherapy worse. Chest radiation therapy may cause lung damage and lead to difficulty breathing and shortness of breath. Abdominal radiation therapy may cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you are having any of these side effects of radiation therapy, talk with your


Chemotherapy is the use of drugs for treating cancer. The drugs can be swallowed in pill form or they can be injected by a needle into a vein or muscle. Chemotherapy is systemic therapy. This means that the drug enters the bloodstream and circulates throughout the body (through the whole system) to reach and destroy the cancer cells.

In treating mesothelioma, these drugs may also be given intrapleurally (directly into the chest cavity), or intraperitoneally (into the abdominal cavity). Depending on the type and stage of mesothelioma, chemotherapy may be given as the primary (main) treatment or as an adjuvant (addition) to surgery.

Several anticancer drugs have been used to treat mesothelioma. The drug most effective when given alone is doxorubicin (Adriamycin). Other drugs that may be given alone include cisplatin and methotrexate. These anticancer drugs are often given in combination to try to increase their effectiveness. Combinations of drugs used in the treatment of mesothelioma include methotrexate and vincristine; cisplatin, vinblastine and mitomycin; cisplatin and doxorubicin; and doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide (or ifosfamide) and cisplatin. Other drugs such as paclitaxel and irinotecan are currently being studied to determine their effectiveness in treating mesothelioma.

Chemotherapy drugs kill cancer cells but also damage some normal cells. Therefore, careful attention must be given to avoiding or minimizing side effects, which depend on the specific drugs, the amount taken, and the length of treatment. Temporary side effects might include nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, loss of hair, and mouth sores. Because chemotherapy can damage the blood-producing cells of the bone marrow, patients may have low blood cell counts. This can result in an increased risk of infection (due to a shortage of white blood cells), bleeding or bruising after minor cuts or injuries (due to a shortage of blood platelets), and fatigue or shortness of breath (due to low red blood cell counts).

Most side effects disappear once treatment is stopped. There are remedies for many of the temporary side effects of chemotherapy. For example, antiemetic drugs can be given to prevent or reduce nausea and vomiting. If you experience any side effects, be sure to talk with your doctor.


Mesothelioma Alerts

Mesothelioma Subtype Shows Lengthier Projected Longevity: IASLC

By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
September 21, 2007

Some malignant mesothelioma patients may have a prognosis that's not as grim as once widely believed, said a Nordic collaborative group
ASCO: Recent Study Confirms Pemetrexed-Platinum Activity in Malignant Mesothelioma

By Peggy Peck, Managing Editor, MedPage Today
June 06, 2007

Confirming results of previous studies, pemetrexed combined with either cisplatin or carboplatin demonstrated activity in previously untreated malignant pleural mesothelioma, said researchers.
Chemo Combination Improves Survival in Asbestos-Related Cancer

By Lise Millay Stevens, Contributing Writer, Health Behavior News Service February 8, 2007

People with mesothelioma — a form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure — have a higher survival rate when treated with a combination of two cancer drugs, a large multicenter study finds.
Onconase Shows Unique Promise In Treating Mesothelioma

RTT News June 27, 2006

Alfacell Corp. said that according to the research findings published in National Academy of Sciences Journal, the company's anti-cancer drug Onconase might be one of the most effective methods of treatment for mesothelioma and lung cancer caused by asbestos.
FDA approves Alimta-Cisplatin Combination for treatment of Asbestos-Related Cancer

Press Release February 2, 2004

The first and only drug regimen proven to help patients with an asbestos-related cancer live longer was approved today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Experimental Cancer Drug Tarceva

Reuters October 9, 2002

OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc. is more confident than ever of the potential of its experimental cancer drug Tarceva (erlotinib HCl), even after the failure of a similar drug in a major clinical study this summer, OSI Chairman and CEO Dr. Colin Goddard told investors at the UBS Warburg Global Life Sciences conference here on Wednesday.


Mesothelioma Treatment

For your convenience, we have consolidated mesothelioma treatment information for your review. This section is updated on a weekly basis.
Mesothelioma Alerts

Some malignant mesothelioma patients may have a prognosis that's not as grim as once widely believed, said a Nordic collaborative group - 9/21/07

Pemetrexed combined with either cisplatin or carboplatin demonstrated activity in previously untreated malignant pleural mesothelioma - 6/6/2007

Chemo Combination Improves Survival in Asbestos-Related Cancer - 2/8/2007
Conventional Therapies

Conventional mesothelioma therapies include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. You should keep in mind that if you choose one course of action for mesothelioma treatment, you may preclude other courses. All of your options should be considered as soon as possible.
Experimental Therapies

Several forms of mesothelioma treatment such as the drug Alimta, gene therapy, immunotherapy, photodynamic therapy and multimodality therapy are still in their experimental stages. We invite you to read the following articles on experimental therapies for Malignant Mesothelioma.
Clinical Trials

Information about current studies of promising new or experimental mesothelioma treatments.
Treatment by Stage

This section lists typical treatment strategies based on the stage (using the Butchart staging system) of a pleural mesothelioma.
Questions to Ask your Doctor

As you deal with your cancer and the process of treatment, you need to have honest, open discussions with your cancer care team. We have listed some questions that you might want to ask in this section.
Cancer Centers

Top Cancer Centers for mesothelioma treatment have been listed alphabetically by state for your convenience. Listings include contact information and Web site links where available.
Leading Physicians

We have become familiar with medical doctors who specialize in aggressively treating malignant mesothelioma. Some of these doctors will review your medical records for free to see if you are a candidate for their mesothelioma treatment protocol.
Articles & Abstracts

Selected abstracts relating to malignant mesothelioma from PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's search service.
Other Sources

Links to helpful resources on the World Wide Web for victims of mesothelioma and their families.



What is mesothelioma?

Malignant mesothelioma is the most serious of all asbestos-related diseases. Although uncommon, mesothelioma is no longer considered rare. Mesothelioma is a cancer that is particulary difficult for doctors to diagnose and one that does not respond well to therapy.

The chest cavity, abdominal cavity, and the cavity around the heart are surrounded by a a layer of specialized mesothelial cells. Most other internal organs are also covered by these cells. The tissue formed by these cells is called mesothelium.

A special protective lubricating fluid that allows organs to move around is produced by the mesothelium. This protective fluid helps the lungs to move without resistance inside the chest cavity while breathing. The medical name for the mesothelium of the chest is the pleura and the medical name for the mesothelium of the abdomen is the peritoneum. The mesothelium of the "sac-like" space around the heart is called the pericardium.

A malignant (cancerous) tumor of the mesothelium is called a malignant mesothelioma. As most mesothelial tumors are cancerous, malignant mesothelioma is often simply called mesothelioma. Tumors of the mesothelium can also be benign (noncancerous) but benign mesotheliomas are much more rare.

Mesothelioma was recognized as a tumor of the pleura, peritoneum and pericardium in the late 1700's. However it was not until much later, in 1960, that this particular type of tumor was described in more detail and even more importantly, its association with asbestos exposure was recognized. The first report linking mesothelioma to asbestos exposure was written by J.C.Wagner, and described 32 cases of workers in the "Asbestos Hills" in South Africa. Since than the relationship between mesothelioma and asbestos exposure has been confirmed in studies around the world.

The incidence of mesothelioma in the United States remains very low, with 14 cases occurring per million people per year. Despite these numbers the noticed threefold increase in mesothelioma in males between 1970 and 1984, is directly associated with environmental and occupational exposure to asbestos, mostly in areas of asbestos product plants and shipbuilding facilities.

Although the disease is much more commonly seen in 60-year old men, it has been described in women and early childhood as well. The cause of the disease is not so well understood in these latter two groups, but there is some evidence of possible asbestos exposure for some of these cases as well.

Malignant mesotheliomas are divided into three main types. About 50% to 70% of mesotheliomas are the epithelioid type. This type has the best prognosis (outlook for survival). The other two types are the sarcomatoid type (7%-20%), and the mixed/biphasic type (20%-35%). Treatment options for all three types are the same.

About three-fourths of mesotheliomas start in the chest cavity. They are known as pleural mesotheliomas. Another 10% to 20% begin in the abdomen. These are called peritoneal mesotheliomas. Pericardial mesotheliomas, those starting in the cavity around the heart, are very rare. The covering layer of the testicles is actually an outpouching of peritoneum into the scrotum. Mesotheliomas that affect this covering of the testicles are quite rare.

* What are the key statistics about mesothelioma?
* What are the different types of mesothelioma?
* What are the risk factors for mesothelioma?
* What causes mesothelioma?
* What are the signs and symptoms of mesothelioma?
* How is mesothelioma diagnosed?
* How is mesothelioma staged?
* What treatments are available for mesothelioma?

Glossary of Terms

asbestos: combination of several minerals that separate into long, threadlike fibers. Because they do not burn, do not conduct heat or electricity, and are very resistant to chemicals, these minerals are often used for making fireproof materials, electrical insulation, roofing, filters, etc. benign: doing no harm, good incidence: the frequency with which an event occurs (usually in a group at risk) pericardium: a thin membrane surrounding the heart and the roots of the great blood vessels.

peritoneum: a thin membrane that covers the abdominal cavity and partially covers some of the abdominal organs.

pleura: a thin membrane that covers the lungs (visceral pleura) and lines the chest cavity (parietal pleura) malignant: harmful, dangerous (a malignant tumor is a cancer).

median: middle number in a series of numbers (for example: median survival of 10 months means that for that specific group of patients the survival varied from probably 2 months to 30 months).

mesoderm: the middle layer of cells in an embryo, from which the muscular, skeletal, vascular, connective etc. tissues develop.

mesothelioma: a tumor of the mesothelium, that can be benign (localized) or malignant (diffusely spread), and that is most commonly caused by the ingestion of asbestos particles.

mesothelium: the thin layer of mesodermal epithelial cells that forms the pleura, peritoneum, pericardium.

metastases: the spread of tumor cells from one part of the body to another unrelated part of the body by the way of the bloodstream or lymphatics.

prognosis: prediction of the probable course of the disease in an individual. Prognostic factors are factors associated with prognosis.

TNM staging: assigning a stage to the tumor based on size, local versus disseminated growth, lymph node involvement and presence or absence of distant metastases.

tumor: a mass of tissue, a growth independent of its surrounding structures and having no physiological function/ a neoplasm. A tumor can be benign or malignant.




In recent years, especially since the problems of asbestos in the workplace have come to light, trade unions have stood behind those stricken with asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma, and have rallied for the rights of workers who were unknowingly exposed to asbestos on-the-job.

Asbestos Cover Up

As early as the 1930s, executives at companies where asbestos was used daily were already covering up the fact that employees were being sickened and dying from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Asbestos Legislation

Forty to fifty years ago, most unions were not successful in their fight against asbestos exposure issues. Today, however, some of the country’s largest and most powerful trade and labor unions are making strides in the fight for fair compensation for those sickened by asbestos-related diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Treatment

Unions have compiled information about the best places to receive treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases, as well as information on the most reputable doctors in a particular area for treating this aggressive form of cancer.

Workers at Risk

Because asbestos was so widely used for centuries, including the first three-quarters of the 20th century, literally millions of workers have been and remain at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.



If you worked in one of the following trades or job occupations, it is likely that you were exposed to asbestos throughout your career. Additionally, if you were a family member of someone working in these occupations, you may have experienced second-hand exposure to asbestos. Both groups mentioned are at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma (asbestos-related cancer).

* Aeronautical Engineers
* Asbestos Plant Workers
* Automobile Mechanics
* Blacksmiths
* Boilermakers
* Brick and Stone Masons
* Bulldozer Operators
* Cabinetmakers
* Carpenters
* Checkers, Examiners & Inspectors, Manufact.
* Chemical Technicians
* Civil Engineer
* Construction Workers
* Crane and Hoist Men
* Draftsmen
* Drill Press Operatives
* Drywall Tapers
* Electric Power Linemen & Cable Men
* Electrical Engineers
* Electricians
* Forge Men
* Freight and Material Handlers
* Furnace Men, Smelter-Men & Pourers
* Garage Workers
* Grinding Machine Operatives
* Hairdressers
* Heavy Equipment Mechanics
* Household Appliance Installers
* HVAC Workers
* Industrial Engineers
* Industrial Plant Workers
* Insulators
* Iron Workers
* Laborers
* Locomotive Engineers
* Longshoremen and Stevedores

* Loom Fixers
* Machine Operatives
* Machinists
* Maintenance Workers
* Managers and Superintendents
* Mechanical Engineer
* Mechanics & Repairmen; Aircraft
* Merchant Marines
* Metal Lathers
* Millwrights
* Mixing Operatives
* Molders
* Oil Refinery Workers
* Operating Engineers
* Painters
* Pipefitters
* Plasterers
* Plumbers
* Power Plant Workers
* Railroad Workers
* Road Machine Operators
* Roofers and Slaters
* Sailors and Deckhands
* Sales Engineer
* Sawyers
* Sheetmetal Workers
* Shipyard Workers
* Stationary Engineers
* Steamfitters
* Structural Metal Craftsmen
* Teachers
* Telephone Repairmen
* Textile Operatives
* Tile Setters
* Tinsmiths
* Tool and Die Makers
* U.S. Navy Veterans
* Weavers
* Welders



Asbestos was used in a wide array of products and industrial settings. Those who manufactured these products as well as those who worked with them directly are at risk to develop asbestos diseases such as malignant mesothelioma. Our extensive research has disclosed that asbestos was used in the following products:


* aprons
* air cell pipecovering
* ASB weatherproof jacket
* AC&S asbestos products
* acoustical panels
* acoustical plaster
* acoustical tile
* Acoustone ceiling tiles
* adhesive
* Aeroflex
* Aerogun insulating mix
* AFJ board
* Aircell
* Aircell asbestos board
* Aircell block
* Aircell board
* Aircell paper
* Aircell pipecovering
* Aircell sheets
* Aircell zebra pipecover
* Allbestos
* Alumi-Shield pipecover
* Amblerex #2 cement
* Amblerex finishing cement
* Antisweat covering
* Antisweat pipecovering
* apron
* Armabestos
* Armabestos block
* Armabestos pipecovering
* Armafil
* Armaflex
* Armaflex finish
* Armaflex pipecovering
* Armaflex sheets
* Armaflex tape
* Armaglas
* Armaglas Flex
* Armaglas fire resistant
* Armalite
* Armalok
* Armaspray
* Armatemp #10 cement
* Armatemp 85% magnesia
* Armatemp block
* Armatemp cement
* Armatemp pipecovering
* Armstrong 1/8" vinal ASBE
* Armstrong block
* Armstrong cal sil
* Armstrong fire resistant
* Armstrong lagging adhesive
* Armstrong pipecovering
* Armstrong products
* Armstrong woolfelt
* Arrestone asbestos pads
* asbestos boiler wall coat
* asbestos corrugated sheets
* asbestos finish cement
* asbestos insulating blanket
* Asbestocel
* Asbestocel corrugated paper
* Asbeston
* Asbeston cloth
* Asbestone panels
* asbestos
* asbestos blankets
* asbestos block
* asbestos board
* asbestos canvas
* asbestos cement
* asbestos cement pipe
* asbestos cellular pipecover
* asbestos cloth
* asbestos cord
* asbestos curtains
* asbestos felt
* asbestos fiber
* asbestos finishing cement
* asbestos flatboard
* asbestos forms
* asbestos furnace tape
* asbestos gaskets
* asbestos gloves
* asbestos heat bags
* asbestos insulating cement
* asbestos insulation
* asbestos lap
* asbestos micarda
* asbestos millboard
* asbestos mineral wool
* asbestos mittens
* asbestos packing
* asbestos panels
* asbestos paper
* asbestos paper pipecovering
* asbestos pipecovering
* asbestos products/care
* asbestos rollboard
* asbestos rope
* asbestos seals
* asbestos sheets
* asbestos sponge block
* asbestos sponge cover
* asbestos spray
* asbestos tape
* asbestos textile
* asbestos tiles
* asbestos weatherproof
* asbestos wick
* asbestos yarn
* asbestospray
* asbestos-faced mineral wool
* asphalt
* Atlasite block
* Atlasite pipecovering
* automobile hood liners
* B&W boiler
* Baldwin-Hill cement
* Baldwin-Hill products
* bead board
* BEH block
* BEH cement
* BEH pipecovering
* BEH products
* Bestfelt
* Bestfelt block
* Bestfelt pipecovering
* B-H expansion joint
* black asbestos
* block adhesive
* block stick
* Blue Mud cement
* board
* boiler
* boiler coating
* boiler insulation
* brake linings
* Buck Stay cement
* BW firebrick
* cables
* Cafco adhesive
* Cafco blaze shield
* Cafco emulsion adhesive
* Cafco heat shield
* Cafco patching fiber
* Cafco powershield
* Cafco sealer
* Cafco shield-coat
* Cafco sound shield
* Cafco spray
* calcium silicate
* calcium silicate block
* calcium silicate canvas
* calcium silicate cement
* calcium silicate cover
* calcium silicate hangers
* calcium silicate pipecovering
* Calcrete30
* Calsil block
* Calsilite
* Calsilite block
* Calsilite canvas
* Calsilite insulating cement
* Calsilite pipecovering
* Caltemp cement
* canvas
* carded asbestos cloth
* Caretemp block
* Carey 7M cement
* Carey asbestos cement
* Carey all-temp
* Carey asbestos insulating ducts
* Carey asbestos cloth
* Carey asbestos felts
* Carey asbestos tank jacket
* Carey block
* Carey BTU cement
* Carey calcium silicate block
* Carey calcium silicate pipecovering
* Carey Candad asbestos
* Carey cement
* Carey corrugated asbestos paper
* Carey duct adhesive
* Carey fibrous adhesive
* Carey fireclad asbestos paper
* Carey firefoil board
* Carey firefoil panel
* Carey fireguard asbestos paper
* Carey flex board
* Carey insulation duct
* Carey insulation seal
* Carey marine panel
* Carey insulating cement
* Carey panel board
* Carey pipecovering
* Carey products
* Carey stone sheathing
* Carey super-lite pipecovering
* Carey thermalite
* Carey woolfelt
* Carey york products
* Carey york clock
* Carey york pipecovering
* Careycell block
* Careycell pipecovering
* Carey thermaboard
* Careytemp
* Careytemp block
* Careytemp pipecovering
* Careytemp adhesive
* Careytemp block
* Careytemp cement
* Careytemp pipecovering
* Careytemp pre-molded insulation
* Castable
* Castablock
* CC navy sealer
* CE cement
* ceiling tiles
* Cellotone
* Celotex products
* cement
* Cement insulation
* Cementboards
* Cerafelt
* ceramic tile
* Chrysotile
* CI mastic
* clapboards
* clay
* Cleangard
* cloth
* clutches
* CMT-Eagle 20
* coat
* coat cement
* Cominco insulation cement
* cord
* cork board
* cork covering
* cork-filled mastic
* cork mastic
* corrugated asbestos sheets
* Covergard
* Crocidolite
* Cummings insulation
* Deltamaid hitemp master
* Deltamaid one-shot cement
* Detrick bonding cement
* dry mix joint compound
* Duplex block
* Duplex pipecovering
* Duriseal
* Eagle insulating cement
* Eagle pitcher products
* Ehret 85% magnesia block
* Ehret 85% magnesia pipecover
* Ehret asbestos fiber felt
* Ehret block
* Ehret pipecovering
* Ehret products
* EM cell block
* EM cell board
* EM cell pipecovering
* EM felt covering
* Empire ace products
* Empire aircell block
* emulsions
* Endless plastic ring style
* Enduro block
* Enduro pipecovering
* Erco products
* Erhet 85% magnesia block
* Excel block
* Excel board
* Excel pipecovering
* Excelon tile
* expansion join
* fake snow
* featherweight block
* featherweight pipecover
* fiber cement
* fibreboard products
* Fibrekote
* fibrex cement
* fibrous adhesive
* finishing cement
* fire brick
* fire resistant insulation shield
* fireproofing cement
* flameguard
* Flames Safe pipecovering
* Flapseal adhesive
* Flash Tite cement
* Flexfast adhesive
* Flexfelt
* Flexible corner bead
* flexible duct connectors
* Flintkote floor tiles
* floor tiles
* Flurobestos
* Franco-therm cement
* frost proof
* furnace cement
* Fyrbestos sheets
* G. Bond wood fiber paster
* GAF asbestos felt
* GAF products
* Garlock gasketing
* Garlock products
* gasket material
* gaskets
* Gator tape
* Generator
* GE products
* glassbestos
* glassblower mitts
* Glosscell block
* Glosscell covering
* gloves
* Gold Bond adhesive
* Gold Bond asbestos paper
* Gold Bond asbestos sheets
* Gold Bond cement
* Gold Bond perfo-lyte
* Gold Bond Plaster
* Gold Bond products
* Gold Bond spackle paster
* Gold bond tar paper
* goldbestos
* Griptex mineral wool block
* Guardian heatguard
* gunning mix
* H.K. Porter canvas
* H.K. Porter products
* H/2 insulation block
* hairfelt
* Heatguard
* Heat-seal
* helmet
* HI mastic
* HI stick cement
* HI temp cement
* high pressure packing
* High Temp insulating cement
* Hilite insulating cement
* Hitemp block
* Hitemp board
* Hitemp pipecovering
* Hou Daille 10 11
* Hou Daille 1871H
* Hou Daille 65
* Hylo block
* Hylo cement
* Hylo pipecovering
* Hy-temp block
* Hy-temp cement
* Hy-temp pipecovering

* industrial A-C board
* Insubestos felt strips
* Insubestos felt type A
* Insubestos felt type B
* insulating block
* insulating cement
* insulating contractor
* insulating felt
* insulation
* insulation blanket
* insulation board
* insulation coating
* insulation jacket FAB
* Insulbestos felt
* Insulkote SG
* Insulkote-coating
* Insulmastic
* Insulseal
* Insulstick
* Insultape insulation
* J-M asbestos cloth
* J Spray
* Jcafco products
* joint compounds
* JM 301 cement
* J-M asbestos canvas
* J-M asbestos gasketing
* J-M block
* J-M cement
* J-M finishing cement
* J-M pipecovering
* J-M products
* joint compound
* JPS asbestos cloth
* K & M block
* K & M finishing cement
* K & M pipecovering
* K & M Kaytherm 1700
* Kaiser mineral wool block
* Kalite
* Karnak mastic
* Kaylo block
* Kaylo block insulation
* Kaylo canvas
* Kaylo pipe insulation
* Kaylo pipecovering
* Kaytherm block
* Kaytherm block insulation
* Kaytherm cement
* Kaytherm pipe insulation
* Kaytherm pipecovering
* Keasby cement
* Keasby products
* Keene asbestos products
* Keene block
* Keene pipecovering
* Keene woodfelt
* Krack-pruf insulation
* lagging adhesive
* lagging cloth
* lagging tape
* lagtone
* lap seal
* leggings
* limpet spray
* limpet spray asbestos
* Litecase 30 S
* LK block
* LK pipecovering
* LT block
* LT pipecovering
* LT sealer
* Magnesia block
* Magnesia cement
* Magnesia covering
* Magnesia insulating cement
* Marinite insulating panel
* Magnesia pipecovering
* masonry fill
* mastic
* mastic adhesives
* metal mesh blanket
* Micabestos
* Micarda plate and tube
* millboard
* Mills boiler
* mineral wool insulating cement
* mineral wool
* mineral wool blankets
* mineral wool blocks
* mittens
* mitts
* molded cork pipecovering
* Monoblock
* Monofoam
* Monokote
* Monoplast
* Mono-ply insulating cement
* Monospray
* mortat mix
* Multiply block
* Multiply pipecovering
* Mundet asbestos cement
* Mundet pipecovering
* Mundet products
* Mundetblock
* Mundetcork
* N-1200 block
* National gypsum sheetrock
* National gypsum board
* Navy sealer
* Navy standard hairfelt
* Newtherm pipecovering
* NG Asbestos millboard
* Nicolet pipecovering
* Nicolet/Keasby products
* non-sweat pipe insulation
* non-sweat pipe covering
* Novabestos
* Novatex
* Nsulkote
* nuclear reactor w/comp
* OCF asbestos cloth
* OCF products
* one coat cement
* one coat insulating cement
* one coat cement
* one coat finishing cement
* Osnaburg
* Owens-Corning 660 cement
* Owens-Corning asbestos cement
* Pabco
* Pabco block
* Pabco caltemp pipecover
* Pabco F-1 hydraulic cement
* Pabco pipecovering
* Pabco super caltemp block
* packing
* packing material
* paint
* paper
* paper tape
* patching plaster
* Perf-a-tape
* Perlite
* Perltex spray surface
* Perltex super 40
* Permaboard
* Permiseal
* Philip Carey products
* pipe insulation
* pipecovering
* Pitcote
* Pittsburgh Corning products
* Pittwrat
* plaster
* plasticork
* Plibrico cement
* Plicaste cement
* Plisulate cement
* Polybestos cloth
* Pork chop boiler
* Porterlag
* Portersite
* Powerhouse cement
* Prasco pipecovering
* preformed pipe wrap
* pumps
* pumps and packing
* pumps with packing
* putty
* Pyrobar blocks
* Pyrokure
* Pyrokure paper
* Pyrokure tape
* Pyroscat fireproofing
* Pyrospray
* Pyrotex
* quick-setting joint compound
* quick treat compound
* quickset cement
* R & I block
* R & I unsulating cement
* Racko asbestos cement
* railroad asbestos
* railroad electrical arc chutes
* range boiler jacket
* raw asbestos
* raw asbestos fiber
* Raybestos amosite blanket
* Raymark brake linings
* Raymark products
* ready mix joint compound
* Red Top plaster
* Red Top products
* refractory cements
* regular pipecovering
* Rexalt
* Rhinoestos cloth
* Riley Stoker asbestos products
* Rockwool insulation cement
* Rockwool asbestos blanket
* Rockwool asbestos blanket
* Rockwool blanket
* Rockwool block
* roofing felt
* roofing paper
* roofing product
* rollboard
* rope
* rope packing
* roughing cement
* Ruberoid block
* Ruberoid calsilite
* Ruberoid cement
* Ruberoid hi-temp cement
* Ruberoid pipecovering
* S&K ranger boiler jacket
* Safekote cement
* Salmo glazed aircell
* Seal fast adhesive
* sealer
* sheet packing
* sheet rope
* sheetrock
* sheets
* shingles
* silicate calsilite
* Silvabestos cloth
* sleeves
* Smith & Kanzler products
* Sniper 3000 cement
* spackle
* Sparkfast adhesive
* Speedlag
* Splicegard
* sponge felt
* spray fireproofing
* spun felt
* Stalastic
* steam generator
* Stic-Tite cement
* Stic-Tite finishing cement
* Stik-Tab cement
* stone corrugated sheets
* Super "66" insulating cement
* Super 48 cement
* Super 711
* Super D blockinsulate
* Super finish stic-tite cement
* Super finish cement
* Super high temp cement
* Super insulation tape
* Super light block
* Super powerhouse cement
* Super stic-tite cement
* Super48 insulating cement
* Superex block insulation
* Superex pipe covering
* Super-light cement
* Superseal packing
* Supertemp blocking
* supplied/distributed ASBE
* supplied/distributed PRO
* supplier
* T/NA insulation jacket
* tape
* tar paper
* temp check block
* temp check pipecovering
* terra lite
* Terrybestos
* Themobestos metalon P/C
* Therm Block
* Thermabestos block
* Thermabestos cement
* Thermaguard
* Thermaguard asbestos cloth
* Therma-K block
* Therma-K pipecovering
* Thermalcoat
* Thermasil
* Thermasil block
* Thermasil cement
* Thermasil pipecovering
* Thermasil-general
* Thermo 12
* Thermo 12 pipecovering
* Thermo pipecovering
* Thermobestos
* Thermobestos pipecover
* Thermoblock
* Thermokote
* Thermolite
* Thermon heat cement
* Thermotex B
* Thermotex B (paper)
* Thermotex B weatherpro
* thin set materials
* Titegrip cement
* Transite board
* Transite pipe asbestos
* Tri-bestos
* Tri-calite block insulation
* troweled coating
* turbines
* turbines with ancill insulation
* U.S. gypsum spray
* Unarco amocel pipecover
* Unarco board
* Unarco cloth
* Unarco insulating cement
* Unarco mineral wool
* Unarco products
* Unibestos
* Unibestos block
* Unibestos pipecovering
* Unibestos products/distribution
* USG aircell pipecover
* USG hairfelt pipecover
* USG woolfelt pipecover
* Util thermal finish cement
* valve rings
* valve stem packing style
* valves
* valves and packing
* various JM products
* V-Dent pipe insulation
* Vee block mix (relabel)
* Vermont asbestos
* Versakote
* vinyl gypsum adhesive
* vinyl wallpaper
* Vitricel asbestos sheet
* Vitricel cement
* wallboard
* water tube boiler
* waterproofing
* Weathercote asphalt CM
* Weatherkote
* Weatherseal
* weld-on cement
* welding rods
* white loose wool
* white surface cement
* white-cement
* wick
* wire mesh blanket
* wires
* Woolfe LT pipecovering
* Woolfelt block
* Woolfelt covering
* Wovenstone
* yarn
* yellow insulation
* Zono plaster aggregate
* Zono-coustic
* Zonolite acoustic plaster
* Zonolite asbestos
* Zonolite cement
* Zonolite decorators
* Zonolite dry cement
* Zonolite high temp
* Zonolite mono-cote F.P.
* Zonolite plaster
* Zonolite spray insulation
* Zonolite spra-tex