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2 0 1 5 Sep 2

Keeping an Eye on the FACT Act

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When it comes to compensation for the harm that asbestos has done, it would seem everyone from each side of the aisle would want victims to receive a fair amount. However, as the continued progress of the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (FACT Act) shows, that seems not to be the case.

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2 0 1 5 Aug 31

Back to School Safety Checklist

Back to school preparations have started, and the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance (MCA) is looking to keep you and your family safe as you prepare to send children back to school after summer break. Getting back into the school-year routine can be daunting, but preparation is necessary to keep faculty, administrators, teachers, and students safe as they arrive in their classrooms.

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Because mesothelioma takes decades to develop and commonly affects men who worked heavily around asbestos, it is relatively rare for young individuals, particularly women, to get it.

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2 0 1 5 Aug 14

Building a Quality Relationship with Your Doctor

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When diagnosed with a disease that will require long-term care, like mesothelioma, it’s important to establish a relationship that’s built on mutual trust, honesty, and a willingness to support each other throughout the entire treatment process.

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2 0 1 5 Aug 6

Detecting Mesothelioma Symptoms Early

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As is the case with any type of cancer, the earlier it’s caught, the better the prognosis will be. What makes mesothelioma such a difficult cancer to beat is, in part, its latency period, which can be anywhere from 20 to 50 years, making it difficult to successfully diagnose and treat the disease early on. Not only do early symptoms not arise until the cancer’s later stages, but they are also easily mistaken with those of common, minor illnesses. Most patients aren’t diagnosed until stage III or IV. So, how can individuals increase their chances of diagnosing this deadly disease as early as possible?

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Mesothelioma can be an expensive cancer to treat. Patients and their families and friends can wind up spending tens of thousands of dollars on medicine, surgery, and other related costs in a bid to overcome mesothelioma.

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2 0 1 5 Jul 22

Cancer and the Sandwich Generation

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As life expectancies increase, more and more people are finding themselves both caring for elderly parents while at the same time supporting adult children who are still living at home or require financial assistance even though they live elsewhere.

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For a newly diagnosed mesothelioma patient, the flood of disease and treatment information that follows can be difficult to process. While you can trust that your doctor will have your best interests in mind when developing your treatment plan, it’s still a good idea to be an active patient and understand the standards of care for mesothelioma.

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