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Spa Treatments

As any cancer patient knows, one of the many terrible things about the disease is how unpleasant the treatment can be. By design, chemotherapy drugs attack cells that rapidly divide. That includes cancer cells, but it also affects normal cells like hair, bone marrow, and fingernails. For that reason, chemotherapy and radiation therapy have a range of debilitating side effects, including:

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LungLeavin' Day 2014

The MCA's very own Heather Von St. James is spearheading an awareness effort on behalf of mesothelioma victims by sharing her personal holiday, LungLeavin' Day. LungLeavin' Day started out as a personal celebration in the beginning of February between Heather and her husband Cameron to recognize each year Heather remained cancer-free, but has now turned into a celebration of life and overcoming fears with many family members, friends and cancer survivors. LungLeavin' Day is not just for cancer survivors though, it is a day for anyone who desires to take control of their lives and throw their fears to the fire. Read our interview with Heather below, check out her new page and share with your loved ones!

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2 0 1 4Jan08

Streamlining Environmental Disaster in Wisconsin

Environmental turmoil in Wisconsin

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." — Upton Sinclair

A Florida-based company called Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) wants to dig the world’s biggest open-pit iron mine in the Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s governor and the Republican majority in the Wisconsin legislature want the mine to be dug. Environmentalists, and the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe, do not.

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2 0 1 4Jan06

Eat to Defeat: Cleansing in the New Year


For some, the turn of the New Year brings resolutions and promises to make positive lifestyle changes. With that fact, January is aptly named National Staying Healthy month. Popular New Year’s resolutions generally follow the trend of getting healthy and staying healthy like losing weight, getting fit, and quitting smoking. With so many health-focused goals, a good way to kick off your year is to start with a cleanse. We live in a world full of toxins-- in our foods, in our products and in the air-- so a great way to jumpstart the year is to cleanse your body of as many toxins as you can.

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2 0 1 4Jan03

Advocate of the Month - January 2014

Kathleen Hoffman

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Kathleen Hoffman for sharing her personal experience with the dangers of asbestos exposure as January's Advocate of the Month. Kathleen's husband was a firefighter for years and now deals with the repercussions of exposure. Please read Kathleen's story and help her spread awareness for mesothelioma victims!

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2 0 1 3Dec30

5 New Year's Resolution Ideas for Cancer Patients

New Year's Resolution

As the year comes to a close, many people begin to create resolutions for the New Year. As a cancer patient or survivor, you may look to the New Year in a different way and make resolutions that don't involve a weight loss goal. Here are a few health related goals to set for yourself in the coming New Year for the different stages in your cancer journey--

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2 0 1 3Dec23

11 Creative Ideas for Gifts that Give Back

11 Gifts that Give Back

This time of year is one for spreading good cheer and goodwill onto others, but it doesn’t have to come in the form of big wrapped boxes under a tree. For a cancer patient or caregiver, gift giving can create unnecessary stress because it is another task to think about, as well as the financial obligation that they may not be able to provide. On the other hand, patients and caregivers who have already gone through cancer treatment may want to pay it forward or give back to their family, friends and community who have helped them out during tough times in the past. Gifts can come in all shapes and sizes; here are some ways to give more without spending more this holiday season.

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2 0 1 3Dec16

4 Tips for a Happy Holiday for Caregivers

Happy Holidays for Caregivers

The holiday season is in full swing and, for some caregivers, their stress levels are in full swing too. While generally being thought of as a time for gift giving and fun parties, the holidays are also notorious for being tough to get through. When you're acting as a caregiver to a loved one with cancer, it can be difficult to keep things “normal” around the holidays. There is nothing that says you can’t create a new normal though! Read these tips to help keep the holidays jolly and bright as a caregiver!

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2 0 1 3Dec12

Happy Non-Hazardous Holidays!

Happy Non-Hazardous Holidays

It’s that magical time when consumer protection agencies release their annual lists of hazardous toys and toxic Christmas decorations. We’ll get to this year’s list in a moment. But first, let us acknowledge, it used to be worse.

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9 Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year again-- the holiday season, where gift giving is on the minds of many. While the holiday season is supposed to represent a time of joy and giving, some people may not being feeling holly and jolly this year. If a family member or loved one has been recently diagnosed with cancer, they may not be feeling the holiday spirit. Finding a nice gift to give to your loved one may seem a little more daunting than it has in the past. But there are many gift options for cancer patients, even some that can’t be found in stores!

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The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Lana Barhum for sharing her story about her brother Moe's battle against peritoneal mesothelioma as December's Advocate of the Month. Getting news of a mesothelioma diagnosis is shocking, but not knowing where and when Moe's exposure to asbestos occurred makes the diagnosis even tougher to take. Please read Lana's story and help her support organizations that support asbestos victims!

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2 0 1 3Dec02

The Affordable Care Act and Medicare

Obamacare and Medicare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called “Obamacare,” goes fully into effect January 1. You’ve probably heard about the clunky federal website and some people complaining of higher premiums (although other people will enjoy lower premiums).

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2 0 1 3Nov27

FACT Act Update - A Bad Bill Passes the House

FACT Act update

This November the U.S. House of Represented passed the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013 on a party-line vote — 216 Republicans and 5 Democrats voted aye; 7 Republicans and 192 Democrats voted no.

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2 0 1 3Nov25

The November Blues

Heather & Lily

November brings out the best in many people. The spirit of Thanksgiving is everywhere; on social media, friends are posting 30 days of thankfulness. I love this idea and have participated in it many times since I have much to be thankful for. But to me November is not a month I look forward to; in fact, I pretty much dread it every year since 2005. November means winter is starting, the days are shorter, it’s colder, it’s grey and dreary, and if we don’t have snow, we have rain and fog. My yard is all soggy, brown and depressing-- quite a change from the colorful summer and fall with all my many flowers blooming.

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Eat to defeat during the holidasy

The importance of a healthy diet becomes even more apparent when your health changes radically with a disease like cancer. With the holiday season here, eating healthy typically seems more difficult since big meals and treats are abundant. For someone going through cancer treatment, the traditional fare for holiday meals may no longer seem appealing as well. Despite the holiday season bringing indulgences, following a healthy diet doesn’t need to be confusing. The definition of good nutrition is balancing important ingredients like water, fiber, proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals to take in the essential nutrition needed to help your body function best. When you have a body and immune system compromised by disease, taking in a balanced diet is one of the best ways you can help your body stay strong and repair itself. Share these healthy eating tips with a loved one going through treatment this holiday season to keep healthy eating a priority.

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2 0 1 3Nov12

Celebrities Who Battled Mesothelioma

Famous people who have battled mesothelioma

The cancer community is all too familiar with the notion that cancer does not discriminate in who it affects. Often thought of as a disease for blue collar older men, mesothelioma has proven that it too does not discern between who is affected; the cause always comes back to asbestos exposure.

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How Obamacare is affecting cancer treatment and veterans

The bumpy rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called “Obamacare,” has earned some justified criticism. But much of what people are saying about the ACA ain’t necessarily so.

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November Advocate of the Month

I am so delighted to be recognized as a Mesothelioma Advocate of the Month. For 10+ years, I have had the absolute pleasure of working as legal counsel for hundreds of families affected by mesothelioma. During my tenure, my journey has taken me to nearly every state in the United States and has allowed me to work with those newly diagnosed, those commencing or continuing chemotherapy, post-operative patients, as well as families grieving the loss of a loved one.

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2 0 1 3Oct29

One Year Later: Superstorm Sandy Leaves Health Legacy

One year since Superstorm Sandy

A year has passed since Superstorm Sandy, one of deadliest and costliest storms on record, tore through the eastern seaboard, and many are still recovering from the damage inflicted on their communities, neighborhoods and homes. Even more, some of Superstorm Sandy's victims still feel her savage power daily as they struggle to cope with the lasting health problems stirred up in the storm's aftermath.

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2 0 1 3Oct22

How to Survive Cold & Flu Season With Cancer

Cold and flu season with cancer

As the season changes and ushers in colder temperatures, cold and flu season begins too. The influenza virus, commonly known as the flu, presents many symptoms similar to the common cold; respiratory inflammation, cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, fever, and aches are common symptoms for both. However, the flu generally presents more aggressive symptoms and some people may experience vomiting and/or diarrhea as well. For cancer patients, having an immune system that is already compromised makes cold and flu season especially precarious.

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