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Planning for Fear with a Diagnosis

When we are living and planning our lives we assume we will be here to complete our plans, to reach our goals, to live a life as we want. But what happens when plans are interrupted by a health challenge? Suddenly all of our plans, goals, and dreams are in ...

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Living a Life that Matters

2020-03-30T07:00:54-04:00December 13th, 2019|Community Support, Mesothelioma Treatment|

When someone is diagnosed with a serious medical condition facing a life-altering and possibly life-ending disease, suddenly the fact that we are all mortal slaps us in the face. Most people research the disease, go to medical experts, and find out everything they can about the disease looking for a ...

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Update on Banning Asbestos in the United States

Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of most people that are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, and is linked to the deaths of approximately 40,000 Americans a year. Those deaths are caused by lung cancer, asbestosis, cancer of the larynx, and ovarian cancer. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is ...

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Are you a mesothelioma “survivor?”

Many people who have had cancer describe themselves as survivors, or warriors of cancer. Some people  prefer “living with cancer.” A cancer survivor isa person with cancer of any type who is still living. There are more people who are survivors of Mesothelioma than in the past. Some survivors jump ...

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November is National Family Caregivers Month

2020-04-03T14:02:59-04:00November 17th, 2019|Community Support|

November is National Family Caregivers Month. This month is set aside to honor the people that every day are providing care for relatives, friends, spouses, and loved ones who need  assistance in order to stay at home. These caregivers are usually not paid. The number of unpaid caregivers in the ...

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New Tumor Treatment for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Approved by FDA

In May 2019, the Food and Drug Administration approved a device for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma under the Humanitarian Use device section of their policy on rare diseases.    What is the new treatment? This new therapy is Novacures’s Tumor Treating Fields delivery system, or NovoTTF-100L.  Tumor treating ...

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Celebrating Community on Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2019

2020-10-21T09:56:39-04:00September 26th, 2019|Community Support|

You might often hear people refer to the small mesothelioma "community" and the support they offer each other. Being a rare disease that affects people of all ages, cultures, and socioeconomic status, the mesothelioma community is a diverse group. They range from the people that are working on the major ...

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World Lung Cancer Day

August marks the beginning of a new summer month, and with it, World Lung Cancer Day. Lung Cancer continues to be one of the most common cancers worldwide, claiming more lives than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. In the early twentieth century, lung cancer was rare. Today it is ...