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When an ultrasound exposed a fibroid tumor growing in her uterus, Elissa McMahon didn’t take any chances.

Though she is a Massachusetts resident, Elissa scheduled a surgery to remove the fibroid at Lennox Hill, a top hospital in New York, where she would be close to her family. The surgery was a success, and Elissa was relieved when the pathology tests came back negative. She was cancer free, so the hospital said. This was in January 2012.

Two years later, Elissa began to experience severe back pain. She checked into an emergency room, where doctors found a tumor on her spine and metastatic lesions in her liver. Elissa had stage-4 cancer in her uterus, back, and liver.
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Nearly 15 years after the tragedy, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund has finally sent out its first batch of full compensation checks to families that suffered economic losses due to 9/11-related health problems.

The $233.4 million that went out to survivors and first responders this month is a result of Congress’ decision late last year to re-authorize the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act.

In addition to paying out $233.4 million on these early Zadroga claims, the re-authorization also pushed back the deadline to submit new claims until December 2020. This is great news for cancer victims who have not yet filed claims with the Victim Compensation Fund.
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Jacqueline Fox used Johnson & Johnson products as part of her feminine hygiene routine for 35 years. It wasn’t until her cancer diagnosis 3 years ago that Jacqueline learned of the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

Unfortunately, Jacqueline didn’t live long enough to see the result of her lawsuit against the world’s biggest seller of health care products. Her trial ended last week, but Jacqueline passed away from her cancer back in October.

During the trial, Jacqueline’s attorneys produced internal documents proving that Johnson & Johnson executives were aware of the deadly side effects of baby powder and Shower to Shower body powder as early as the 1980s. One memo written by a Johnson & Johnson medical consultant compared the link between the hygienic use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer to the link between smoking cigarettes and cancer.
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“I think he’s guilty of the most cruel thing that a human being can do to another human being.”

That’s what Dr. Soe Maunglay has to say about his boss, Michigan oncologist Farid Fata, M.D., who on July 10th was sentenced to serve 45 years in prison and forfeit $17.6 million.

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