White Blood Cells Kill Mesothelioma Tumors, Keep New Ones from Forming in Mice

DALLAS (Dec. 9, 2014) – Researchers at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York have found that injecting mice with genetically modified white blood cells not only killed existing mesothelioma tumors, but also kept new tumors from forming, reports the mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd. The results of their work were published in the November 4, 2014 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

According to a November 5, 2014 article in the Los Angeles Times, the injected cells successfully fought off tumor cells that were re-introduced 200 days after the previous injection. The results, the article states, could lead to human clinical trials as early as 2015 if approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Mesothelioma is an almost-always fatal form of cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs. Approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with the disease – which is caused exclusively by inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers – each year. Even though the fact that asbestos causes mesothelioma is irrefutable, the import and use of asbestos is still not fully banned in the United States.

“We continue to be extremely encouraged with the incredible research being done around the world aimed at eliminating mesothelioma once and for all,” said Russell Budd, president and managing shareholder of the mesothelioma law firm Baron and Budd. “We are honored to fight for those who have been harmed due to the decisions of asbestos manufacturers to prioritize corporate profits over health.

A mesothelioma lawyer with Baron and Budd may be able to help if you or a loved one contracted the disease. Please call us at 855-280-7664 or contact us online to learn whether or not you may be able to pursue a mesothelioma lawsuit.

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The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Austin and Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with almost four decades of experience "Protecting What’s Right" for people, communities and businesses harmed by negligence. Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on exceptionally large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals, governmental and business entities in areas as diverse as PCB contamination in schools, FLSA (overtime) violations, pharmaceutical and medical implant injuries, water contamination, GM ignition problems, California Proposition 65 violations, mortgage and credit card fraud and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.