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2 0 1 6 Jul 21

Joe Biden's Moonshot Initiative to Cure Cancer

Earlier this year, the White House introduced a Cancer Moonshot Initiative, a new program designed to search for a cure for cancer. In his State of the Union Address in January, President Obama discussed the new initiative, asking for nearly $1 billion of extra spending over the next couple of years. Cancer centers, advocacy groups, government agencies, and companies are all working together to coordinate efforts to dismantle the barriers that often slow this process down. Vice President Joe Biden is at the helm of the initiative – his 46-year-old son having died last year due to brain cancer.

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When Betsy Brockett was diagnosed with a rare form of mesothelioma in her abdomen she was only 28 years old.

“My first reaction to my diagnosis was complete shock,” she recently told the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. “It seemed to come out of nowhere, and the diagnosis dismantled everything in my life.”

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In November 2012, James Dunbar “Dun” Stockwell went to the doctor’s office for a routine physical exam. When the doctor took an x-ray, however, he discovered Dun had a collapsed lung. The discovery led to multiple surgeries and the need to return to the hospital every few months due to pleural effusion (buildup of fluid in the lungs).

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2 0 1 6 Jul 6

5 Things Every Advocate Should Remember

A strange thing happened to me during my cancer treatment: I had the strong desire to help people, to give back, to inspire. I wanted to be an advocate.

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Recent developments on the horizon regarding treatment for mesothelioma hold promise for future patients. There could soon be another medication introduced as a first-line treatment chemtherapy option. Rather than reinvent the treatment wheel, this particular drug would compound the effects of current chemotherapy treatments, to the benefit of many mesothelioma patients.

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2 0 1 6 Jun 29

Ambler Pa.: Asbestos Capital of the World

AMBLER, PA. – The chunks of crumbled concrete looked suspiciously fuzzy.

That’s what Linda Reinstein thought on one June day last year as she toured the Superfund sites and abandoned asbestos factories in this small Pennsylvania borough with her friend and fellow mesothelioma widow Marilyn Amento. Based on her 12 years’ experience with asbestos, Reinstein thought the pieces of crumbled concrete looked “just off enough” to be sent to a lab for testing.

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In addition to the physical, mental, and emotional impacts of surviving cancer, there is also a major impact on the interpersonal relationships of a cancer survivor. Many of the various role and relationship changes can begin even before diagnosis, affecting everyone that a cancer patient interacts with and the social situations in which they find themselves. After diagnosis and treatment, there are other issues to be dealt with, which can have an effect on the survivor’s role in the family and social circles.

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This morning, President Obama signed the historic Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, potentially creating a path to a full ban on asbestos – and other toxic chemicals – in the United States.

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