Asbestos Resources

The following resources are divided into groups for ease of reference. For homeowners and those concerned about Asbestos, see our section on asbestos resources. For Asbestosis and Mesothelioma patients and their families, a wide variety of research, treatment, and general cancer information resources are provided. Finally, if for those seeking help with flights to treatment facilities and the support of advocacy groups, our advocacy & resources section will provide you with the links you need; also explore our support resources for additional help including online discussion boards.


When is Asbestos Dangerous?
Discusses friable asbestos and the health affects of asbestos. From the Oregon State University.
Asbestos In Your Home (PDF)
Asbestos Dos and Don'ts for the homeowner. What is asbestos and where is it found in your home? From the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch.
Safety and Health Topics: Asbestos
From OSHA, this site discusses the hazards associated with asbestos and links to the fact sheet and self-inspection checklist listed below.

OSHA Fact Sheet: Asbestos (PDF Version)
About asbestos and safety: Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL), Worker's Rights. From The Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Self-inspection Checklist
From The Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Asbestos: Worker and Employer Guide to Hazards and Recommended Controls (PDF)
Some of the what's and where's of asbestos along with methods for controlling exposure, medical monitoring, demolition, and training information. Also, information for small business owners. From the National Institutes of Health, OSHA, EPA, CDC, Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Asbestos Disease


Asbestos Disease: An Overview for Clinicians (PDF)
Where and who (occupations at risk) of asbestos exposure, asbestos diseases, assessing risk, and recommended clinical evaluation. From the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the Department of Health and Human Resources.
Living with Asbestos Related Illness (PDF Version)
Developed by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), this self-care guide is for people suffering from asbestos-related diseases. The University of Montana.


Asbestosis Information
From the University of Maryland Medical Center, general information on asbestosis, symptoms, & treatment.

Asbestos Cancer

Mesothelioma Specific

The University of Chicago: Mesothelioma
Pioneering program fighting mesothelioma; includes mesothelioma specialist Dr. Hedy Lee Kindler.
Mesothelioma: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Risk factors, symptoms, treatments, diagnosis, staging, and more on mesothelioma. From the site: "Brigham and Women’s Hospital was a founding member of The International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) when it was launched in 2002. The IMP is a collaborative research and treatment effort between Boston’s finest medical institutions: BWH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Boston VA Health Care System and Harvard School of Public Health."
Mesothelioma and Thoracic Oncology Treatment and Research Center
Part of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center in Baltimore, MD. Specializing in "the diagnosis, treatment and cutting-edge research of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases."
Mesothelioma Treatment Center
A multidisciplinary team—including surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, and intensivists—creating comprehensive and personalized treatment plans. Part of the Baylor College of Medicine Lung Institute in Houston, Texas.

Lung & General Cancer

American Cancer Society
This is the official web site for the American Cancer Society, which offers resources for cancer patients and their families, survivors, health information seekers, medical professionals and ACS supporters.
American Lung Association
National web site for the American Lung Association. Visit the site for resources and information on lung health.
Association of Cancer Online Resources
This cancer information system currently offers access to 143 electronic mailing lists and a variety of unique websites. Dictionary
National Cancer Institute's extensive dictionary for cancer-related topics.
National Cancer Institute
This web site from the National Cancer Institute offers extensive information on cancers, research programs and funding, clinical trials and more.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is a not for profit, tax-exempt corporation that is an alliance of the world's leading cancer centers.
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Visit the web site for the National Institute of Health's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for health information, scientific resources, news, and find out about studies seeking patients.
Affiliated with the Abrahamson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, this site gives information on various cancers, their treatment, the latest cancer news, clinical trials and more.
A search engine of the National Library of Medicine, which offers up-to-date medical journal articles regarding topics such as mesothelioma.
Eating Hints: Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment
Answers the questions of what kinds of foods are needed by patients, offeres sample menus, and includes solutions for managing your diet through common cancer treatment side affects.
World Oncology Network
Extensive portal providing a wide array of information for cancer patients and their families, from the latest articles on oncology to relaxation techniques and other ways to enhance life during cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Advocacy & Resources for Cancer Patients (Also see "Support")

Angel Flight Samaritains
Group whose mission is to provide access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment through long-distance medical air transportation.
Cancer Care Network
Cancer Care is a national non-profit organization who provides free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral and direct financial assistance.
Corporate Angel Network
This organization arranges for free air travel for cancer patients traveling to treatment.
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Advocacy Group
This UK-based organization's mission is to increase research and public awareness about lung cancer and the issues patients face.