Clinical trials are critical to finding and advancing treatments for mesothelioma patients. Since its inception in 2002, the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has been conducting a series of clinical trials to evaluate various treatment options for patients before, during and after surgery. At any given time, our experts within the IMP are conducting multiple treatment clinical/research trials—with some having lasted over a decade.
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I always look forward to conferences, to me, they’re like a family reunion. They’re a reunion you look forward to. They’re a reunion with the cool relatives you actually like to spend time with. My wife Heather, a mesothelioma cancer survivor, calls conferences cancer camp-- like summer camp, but without the canoeing and backpacking. No matter what we call it, Heather and I always have a great time and make new friends.
This week is National Women’s Health Week, a week intended to make sure that all women and girls take control of their health and begin to lead a healthier life at any age. This week is primarily about education and letting women know how to prevent the diseases most likely to affect them. Although it can be intimidating to consider life changing diseases, the best time to be informed is prior to having an issue or diagnosis. And, as it turns out with many issues in women’s health, taking small steps now to assist in the prevention of disease can drastically reduce your likelihood of developing issues later on.
According to Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970, every employee has the right to know what their potential workplace hazards are. But how do you know what types of hazards you should be really concerned about? This week we’re celebrating the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week by sharing some tips for considering the safety of your workplace.
HIPPA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and became law in 1996. This law protects your health information that is directly linked to you by your name, address, social security number, insurance identification number, etc. It gave physicians, hospitals, nurses and healthcare practitioners time to comply with the law.
Mesothelioma is diagnosed in about 3000 patients in the USA each year. For decades, only academic scientists and clinicians focused on finding effective treatments for mesothelioma. For rare diseases like mesothelioma, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to provide incentives to companies that develop products for treatment of rare diseases through a program known as the Orphan Drug Designation program.
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance recently caught up with Olivia Current, a four-year Acute Myeloid Leukemia survivor and the first recipient of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship. Since her diagnosis at age 16, Olivia has been beating the odds and looking forward to her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse. In the future, Olivia hopes to inspire, encourage, and heal other sick children. Here’s what Olivia had to say:
When her husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003, Linda Reinstein was devastated. She had never heard of the disease, couldn’t pronounce it and soon learned that doctors couldn’t cure it.