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2 0 1 5Feb02

Advocate of the Month - February 2015

Tanita Taylor

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to welcome Tanita Taylor to our blog as February's Advocate of the Month. Tanita is a proud mother of 2 and shares her experiences on her blog Just Motherhood. Today, Tanita shares the story of how mesothelioma affected her grandmother's life and her family's life.

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2 0 1 5Jan22

Why, When, and How to Talk to Your Children About Cancer

Cameron and Lily

Talking about cancer is never easy, but talking about cancer with your children may be one of the most difficult conversations to think about having. It’s one of those things no parent plans on having to deal with.

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DNA

Many chemotherapy regimens can damage nerves that serve most of the body, called peripheral nerves. This damage, technically called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neurotherapy (CIPN), causes pain in about 60% of chemotherapy- treated patients.1 While it often begins after the later cycles, it can linger for years.

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Olivia Current

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.

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Understanding immunotherapy

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.

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2 0 1 5Jan08

Reflecting on the "Firsts" of 2014

Von St. James family golfing

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.

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2 0 1 5Jan05

W.R. Grace Asbestos Trust is Accepting Claims

W.R. Grace

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.

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2 0 1 4Dec29

Libby, MT Introduces Asbestos Resource Program

MCA

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.

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