Antioxidant Study Offers Hope to Mesothelioma Victims

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The New York Mesothelioma attorneys at the law firm of Belluck & Fox are encouraged by a study finding that antioxidants could be a new weapon in the fight against mesothelioma.

As an advocate for mesothelioma victims, I’ve seen the effect that asbestos exposure can have on both the victims and their families. We hope this development helps in the battle to defeat this deadly disease.

New York Mesothelioma lawyer Joseph W. Belluck is encouraged by a recent study from Thomas Jefferson Hospital’s Kimmel Cancer Center, which found that antioxidants may be a powerful new weapon in the fight against mesothelioma.

Antioxidants—which can be found in dietary supplements and fruits such as apples, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, plums, and cherries—combat oxidative stress at the cellular level. Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center found a link between antioxidant-based drugs and the suppression of cancers such as mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs, chest, or abdomen caused by asbestos exposure.

“As an advocate for mesothelioma victims, I’ve seen the effect that asbestos exposure can have on both the victims and their families,” says Belluck. “We hope this development helps in the battle to defeat this deadly disease.”

According to the study, the loss of Caveolin-1—a tumor-suppressing protein—leads to the growth of tumors and predicts cancer outcomes. Loss of Caveolin-1 leads to oxidative stress in the mesothelioma cells, promoting tumor growth.

The researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center believe that the antioxidants fight the stress and cut the fuel supply for the tumor growth. As a result, they believe that antioxidant medications could stop tumor growth in mesothelioma patients.

Symptoms of mesothelioma can appear 10 to 60 years after exposure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2,700 people in the United States die each year from mesothelioma.

Due to its heat- and fire-resistant properties, the material was popular in the construction, shipbuilding, and automobile industries. Asbestos still can be found in many buildings and homes in floor tiles, ceilings, insulation, and piping.

About Belluck & Fox, LLP

The mesothelioma law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP represents victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disease, as well as individuals with claims related to medical malpractice, motorcycle crashes, lead paint, and other serious injuries. Their attorneys have won almost $350 million in compensation for clients and their families.

Partner Joseph W. Belluck received an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and he is listed in New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in the New York Area” and Super Lawyers. He has won numerous cases involving injuries from asbestos, defective medical products, tobacco, and lead paint, and he recently settled an asbestos case for more than $12 million.

Partner Jordan Fox, a well-known asbestos and mesothelioma attorney, has been named to Super Lawyers, the Best Lawyers in America, and New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in the New York Area.” Two of his verdicts have been featured as the National Law Journal’s Largest Verdict of the Year.

In September 2010, Belluck & Fox, LLP garnered a coveted spot on a list of America’s Best Law Firms, published jointly by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers magazine. The listing highlighted 8,782 different law firms ranked in one or more of 81 major practice areas.

For more information about the firm, please use the online contact form or call 877-695-2909.

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