New York Politician Undergoing Mesothelioma Treatment

A prominent New York state politician is fighting mesothelioma with an experimental new treatment trial, Long Island’s Newsday is reporting (subscription required).

William J. Lindsay, 67, is the presiding officer of Long Island’s Suffolk County Legislature. Prior to holding public office, Lindsay worked as a labor leader and construction electrician. It was while working in construction that Lindsay believes he was exposed to the asbestos that caused his illness.

The article notes that Lindsay will be starting treatments next week at the National Institutes for Health in Bethesda, Md. Treatment for this rare (but often aggressive) cancer will include one week of therapy followed by a three week break; then there will be another week of treatment, and three weeks off.

Lindsay’s physicians will determine how to proceed with his mesothelioma treatment after these two rounds of treatment, says the article. Despite his treatment, Lindsay plans to return to work on March 19 for a legislative meeting.

Lindsay has already undergone conventional mesothelioma treatments, including surgery to remove a lung early last year, and radiation. In August, his doctor pronounced him cancer-free, but told him in January that the mesothelioma had returned.

Even today electricians are at a high risk of exposure to asbestos-containing building materials, such as insulation and drywall. They encounter these when running wires through older buildings. Often, this material will need to be cut or drilled to run the wires, releasing microscopic asbestos into the air. Inhaling even a small amount of asbestos can lead to asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-caused disease from exposure to asbestos at a jobsite, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more about your legal options, please Sokolove Law for a free case evaluation.