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Reporting on Current Topics and Events Related to Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness

Understanding Techniques in Mesothelioma Surgery with Dr. Raja Flores

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 10/7/2016


Many patients who are diagnosed with mesothelioma eventually undergo some form of surgery to remove tumors and surrounding tissue that may contain cancerous cells. This is true in cases where doctors are attempting to remove the cancer completely (curative treatment), as well as in situations where the main goal is palliative care – that is, treatment designed to ease suffering and relieve pain, but not necessarily with the intent of curing the disease.

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Asbestos and the Dangers of a Trump Presidency

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 9/28/2016

Donald Trump

Politics can be ugly, and as we near Election Day – just a little more than a month away – that ugliness is sure to exhibit itself more and more. That’s true in any election year, but it seems even more true this year.

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Mesothelioma: How We Can Work Together to Ban Asbestos

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 9/19/2016

Work together to ban asbestos

As Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26 is getting closer, we wanted to shift the focus of our blog series from how the disease affects patients, to how we can get rid of the disease altogether. Of course, any discussion about stopping mesothelioma before it even starts must begin with a conversation about what it will take to ban the use of asbestos, the only known cause of this deadly and terrible disease.

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Fall Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Carol Mata

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 9/16/2016

Carol Mata

Earlier this year, Carol Mata was awarded the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship for the Fall 2016 semester. Her winning essay told the story of her father, who passed away after being diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer a year and a half ago.

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Mesothelioma: Why Spreading Awareness Is Important

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 9/13/2016

Mesothelioma Awareness Ribbon

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is only two short weeks away, on September 26. In the run-up to that day, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is reaching out to a number of partners – including patients, survivors, doctors, researchers, advocates, and others – to get their thoughts about the issues surrounding mesothelioma and what we can do about it.

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Mesothelioma: What Should People Know?

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 9/6/2016

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is September 26. Leading up to that day, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is reaching out to patients, survivors, advocates, doctors, researchers, and others who are involved in awareness efforts around mesothelioma to get their thoughts on important topics related to this rare form of cancer.

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Cancer Moonshot Infographic: How the Moonshot Helps Mesothelioma Patients

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 8/30/2016

Cancer Research

The Cancer Moonshot Initiative is continuing to move along, and it’s gaining more and more attention from those outside of the community. In fact, one of the presidential candidates even mentioned it in a stump speech, acknowledging the importance of the program while promising to keep it going.

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Lung-Sparing Radiation Treatments Offer Pleural Mesothelioma Patients New Hope

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 8/22/2016

One of the primary treatments for pleural mesothelioma is radiation therapy. Often used as an adjuvant therapy (i.e., as a secondary treatment after surgery and/or chemotherapy), radiation helps reduce the size tumors in the chest and can alleviate pain. However, radiation cannot distinguish between cancerous cells and noncancerous cells, which means that it can damage healthy tissue – sometimes significantly.

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ADAO Hosts 10th Asbestos Congressional Staff Briefing

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 8/19/2016

US Capitol Building

Already, in 2016 great strides have been made in the effort to ban asbestos. While it’s still not completely banned yet, the passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (text of the act) – with strong bipartisan support – opened the door for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban asbestos.

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The Effects of Cancer on Fertility

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 8/16/2016

When someone thinks “cancer,” the first thing that comes to mind may not be starting a family. However, for many younger people who may be thinking about having children, a cancer diagnosis may be prohibitive at first – and certainly worrisome at best.

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Upcoming Events

October 01, 2016

Healthy Lung Month

“Healthy Lung Month is all about taking a more proactive, preventative role in our health, and putting the spotlight on an oft-forgotten organ: the lungs. Join the MCA in raising awareness of Healthy Lung Month.”

October 23, 2016
Paramount Ranch ~ Agoura Hills, CA

The 5th Annual 5K Walk/Hike for Mesothelioma

“Join the Pacific Mesothelioma Center at Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute as they make milestones for Meso at the 5th Annual 5K Walk/Hike for Meso on October 23rd at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. Help the mesothelioma community by walking with them on either the 5K or 1K routes through the scenic Santa Monica Mountains.”


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