We are pleased and proud to award the first Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship to Olivia Current.
Olivia is a four-year cancer survivor. In 2011, at the age of 16, she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and her subsequent treatment required not only rounds of intense chemotherapy but also a bone-marrow transplant to address a DNA mutation. Olivia’s experience was fraught with complications from infections to graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a condition in which the newly transplanted tissue attacks the receiver’s system.
Tumors, including mesothelioma and the deadly skin cancer melanoma, use several methods to hide from the immune system. Since mesothelioma and melanoma tumors have similar characteristics, some melanoma treatments are being tested for their efficacy on mesothelioma tumors. Many tumors express proteins that turn off the T cells that would normally kill them. Blocking that “off signal” or “checkpoint signal” is a very promising type of immunotherapy for cancer. It’s like opening the handcuffs on a person’s immune response so their immune system can kill the cancer cells.
As a society, we put a huge emphasis on our children’s “firsts”: baby’s first tooth, baby’s first steps. The first birthday, the first day of school. Oh my, how I remember that day with Lily! So many of her firsts were milestones simply for the fact that I was not supposed to be alive to see them. I treasured each of those firsts, and marked the occasions with pictures and videos. I even still have her first tooth somewhere.
After 13 years, W.R. Grace & Co. is accepting and paying asbestos-related personal injury and death claims for which they, their predecessors, and their successors have legal responsibility, through a trust established under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
The city of Libby, Montana, has a long, sordid history with asbestos exposure. Now, however, administrators in Libby and surrounding Lincoln County are looking to give residents new ways to deal with asbestos safely.
Research shows that one of the most important things you can do to manage mesothelioma and other forms of cancer is to keep stress low. You want your immune system humming, and stress can sabotage that. The holidays can be a very stressful time, especially when it comes to meal planning for those looking out for their health.
We often discuss the results of clinical trials so let’s discuss clinical trials in more depth: who participates, what’s being tested, how clinical trials change treatment of future mesothelioma patients.
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While a cure for mesothelioma does not exist currently, doctors are working tirelessly to gain a greater understanding of genetic cues that can potentially lead to a cure for mesothelioma. Understanding genetic cues, like genomic mutations, can inform doctors of how mesothelioma develops in patients, which could lead to earlier detection of the disease and creation of individualized treatments for improved prognoses for patients.