For mesothelioma patients and their families, medical science is the hope and the future. Maybe if not in our lifetime, then perhaps for the next generation. And we not only want a cure for malignant mesothelioma, we want better mesothelioma prevention and better mesothelioma treatment. Sooner rather than later.
How is this to be accomplished?
When a new successful research study in some university or hospital laboratory comes up with intriguing findings that hold promise, what happens next? How does word get out? It’s like that saying – when a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
How do your doctors hear that tree falling in the forest of careful slow laboratory analysis?
How do a doctor in Montana and a doctor in Maine know what the latest treatment is for a disease like mesothelioma? One of the most traditional ways for medical health professionals to keep current is to read medical journals.
For centuries, medical journals have provided a reliable source of information for new scientific findings for the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of medical conditions.
Medical scientists working in teams follow very careful procedures for their research and then write up their results in a very formal regimented format. In this format, they describe methods, results, discussion and conclusions for their research.
Articles submitted to medical journals are carefully reviewed by a panel of leading experts in specific medical fields before they can be published in a journal. Once published, an article becomes a reference for other studies as well as an important news source for medical practitioners all over the world. Today, all journals are available online making them even more accessible. Some of the journals read by physicians treating mesothelioma patients include The Lancet, Chest, Journal of Thoracic Oncology and Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
That is why it was so shocking when recently, a previously highly regarded toxicologist in asbestos became suspected of allowing industry funding to influence the results of his published studies.
“Why get worked up about a bunch of technical articles in arcane science journals? Because, as the court noted, there’s every indication that those studies were misinformation deliberately planted to cast doubt on the carcinogenic nature of chrysotile asbestos,” commented Seth Shulman of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) commented in Hazards magazine.
Cutting edge science published in peer-reviewed medical journals offer the best hope for the future. It is vital that they remain impartial and honest. Our lives depend on it.