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2 0 1 6 Feb 3

What to Eat During Cancer Treatment

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Nutrition is an integral part of any cancer treatment plan. For mesothelioma and other cancer patients, eating foods that support energy levels, immune function, and overall health is crucial to getting through treatment as successfully as possible and for improving well-being. Figuring out which foods are right and which foods are wrong, however, can be a confusing and overwhelming process given the amount of conflicting information that circulates about diet and nutrition.

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In the search for a cure and improved treatment options for mesothelioma, medical researchers continue to study what’s known as epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors, which kill cancers with mutated EGFR. Mutant EGFR helps cancer cells— which are found in malignant mesothelioma— grow.

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2 0 1 6 Jan 22

Treating Mesothelioma with Cryoablation

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In the ongoing search to find a cure for deadly cancers like mesothelioma, doctors and research scientists continue to explore new areas of treatment. One such treatment is cryoablation (also known as cryotherapy or cryosurgery).

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Commercial use of asbestos began in 1879, and in 1935, the first cases of asbestosis and asbestos-caused lung cancer were diagnosed in the United States. In the early 1970s, the government placed a moratorium on the production of most asbestos products, but the use of asbestos in manufacturing continued well into the 1980s, and in some cases, asbestos has been found in products today.

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Recently, a group of scientists took a look at the state of diversity in clinical trials, and according to the results they published in PLOS One, the news was not good. The study, headed by Sam Oh and discussed in a paper titled “Diversity in Clinical and Biomedical Research: A Promise Yet to Be Fulfilled,” found that the vast majority of medical research uses a homogenous population of white males to research various drugs, diseases, and other medical issues.

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We are thrilled to announce the third recipient of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship: Termeh Khoshniat.

In 2008, when Termeh was 16 years old, her mother became severely ill. After years of tests, deteriorating health, and multiple diagnoses, her mother was officially diagnosed with stage II mesothelioma in 2013. From that day forward, Termeh became her mother’s sole, state-appointed caretaker. Her story of courage and perseverance left us humbled and speechless.

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2 0 1 6 Jan 11

FACT Act Passes In House Vote

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On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1927, which included the FACT Act, by a vote of 211-188. The vote came after a four-hour debate on the House floor and was mainly along party lines.

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2 0 1 6 Jan 5

FACT Act: Asbestos Victims Bill Denies Justice

On April 18, 2012, then-Congressman Ben Quayle introduced legislation that he said was necessary to root out fraud by people seeking compensation for asbestos-related diseases leaving more money for victims with genuine claims.

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