In the days, weeks, and months following a cancer diagnosis, it’s difficult to know what to do next and it becomes easy to give up control over your own health. You may fall into a “passive patient” mode, ultimately putting your life into the hands of others — doctors, oncologists, and other experts who tell you what’s best for you and your circumstances, what you can and cannot do, what your options are, etc. It can be both intimidating and unnerving to question a proposed treatment plan or seek other routes that you feel may suit you better.
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June is Men’s Health Month, a month-long observation and awareness campaign of the issues related to health in men of every age, genetic disposition, and background. Given that men are much less likely to get regular medical checkups than women, it’s important for everyone to be involved with educating the men in their lives about the health issues that can affect them.
Caregiving is a role I don’t always identify with, although I should because I have been one many times. From caring for my elderly parents dealing with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, a stroke and more, to my wife’s mesothelioma diagnosis just three months after the birth of our only child, I have been caregiving for the last ten years. While I easily consider myself both a husband and a father, I don’t always think of myself as a caregiver. Caregiving felt natural – I was just caring for family.
June is National Safety Month, and MCA is looking to keep you and your family safe when at home, at work, and taking part in all the warm weather fun. From pool parties and garage sales to at-home DIY projects, there’s something to look forward to for just about everyone.
Immunotherapy is a form of cancer treatment that uses a patient’s immune system to fight the disease. By manipulating the immune system as a whole or by utilizing components of the immune system, or cell proteins known as antibodies, doctors are able to target additional proteins that help cancer cells grow. The antibodies will bind to the targeted cancer cell proteins and will either stop the cancer cells from growing or will kill them.
It is our honor and privilege to award the Fall 2015 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship to Nicholas Hibbeler.
Two years ago, Nicholas was diagnosed with testicular cancer. What stood out about his story was not just that he has managed – through painful surgery and complications – to beat back his cancer, but that he has turned his experience into a strong effort for awareness about the disease. By engaging with others to help him advocate for those at risk of developing testicular cancer, he has shown that he is not only a fighter, but a leader as well.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the next step may be to determine whether the cancer has spread to other areas of your body, so you can decide the most comprehensive treatment plan.
A current concern for physicians looking to improve cancer treatment is the need for better methods for monitoring the development of malignant tissues and tumors. This would help physicians be able to personalize treatment for patients on an individual level. As Dr. Heitzer of the Institute of Human Genetics in Graz, Austria states, “methods are needed for a rapid, cost-effective, and noninvasive identification of biomarkers at various time points during the course of [cancer] disease.”1