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How to Be an Active Patient Following a Cancer Diagnosis
In the days, weeks, and months following a cancer diagnosis, it’s difficult to know what to do next and it becomes easy to give up control over your own health. You may fall into a “passive patient” mode, ultimately putting your life into the hands of others — doctors, oncologists, and other experts who tell you what’s best for you and your circumstances, what you can and cannot do, what your options are, etc. It can be both intimidating and unnerving to question a proposed treatment plan or seek other routes that you feel may suit you better.
Promising Immunotherapy Therapy for Mesothelioma Receives Orphan Drug Status
Mesothelioma is diagnosed in about 3000 patients in the USA each year. For decades, only academic scientists and clinicians focused on finding effective treatments for mesothelioma. For rare diseases like mesothelioma, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to provide incentives to companies that develop products for treatment of rare diseases through a program known as the Orphan Drug Designation program.
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