Mesothelioma Awareness Day, established by Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation volunteers in 2004, has been the driving force behind the movement to bring more attention and funding to mesothelioma.
As people are living longer, a larger percentage of the population is developing cancer, with more than 1.6 million people being diagnosed each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Part of the effect of this is that more people than ever are in need of access to specialized cancer care.
Acupuncture is a key form of alternative medical care derived from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into the body at various “acupuncture points;” acupuncture can also incorporate the use of heat, pressure, or laser light directed at the same points.
A mesothelioma diagnosis usually turns the life of a patient and his or her family upside down, leaving them feeling frightened and overwhelmed. At the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, our comprehensive care model acknowledges these feelings and provides care and support to our patients and their families so that they can concentrate on treatment. Since 2002, we have thoughtfully crafted a unique model of care uniting teams of caregivers and support staff around patients and their families to provide the best personalized treatment possible.
One of the most talked about dietary trends of the past few years has been low-to-no sugar diets. Most recently, articles have surfaced attempting to link sugar restriction with cancer treatment, suggesting that a patient’s consumption of sugar may feed cancer cells.
If diagnosed in its later stages, such as stage III, lung cancer will often have a poor prognosis. Half of these patients survive for one year,1 but only 5 of 100 patients survive for 5 years.2 In an effort to improve these grim statistics, experts are working tirelessly to uncover the next best treatment or cure. However, is it possible that they could stumble upon a lung cancer vaccine that could prevent the disease entirely?
Twelve years ago everything seemed perfect. I was married to the love of my life, and together we had a 10-year-old daughter.
However, in 2003, my life took a sharp turn in an ill-fated direction. Alan, my husband of 20 years, had developed a slight, persistent cough, and had also lost some weight. Intuitively, I knew something was wrong. During Alan’s routine physical, an X-ray revealed a pleural effusion – fluid between the lining of the lung and the lung itself.
No matter how you define survivorship, one of the things that many survivors of mesothelioma and other deadly cancers includes developing a survivorship plan. Such plans are beneficial for the survivor, their family members and friends, as well as for doctors and other medical professionals who may be involved in providing care in the future.