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Two Clinical Trials Show Potential of Opdivo for Recurrent Mesothelioma

Two Clinical Trials Show Potential of Opdivo for Recurrent Mesothelioma

One of the prominent areas of mesothelioma research today is around the development of an effective, tolerable, second-line treatment for recurrent cases. Studies have shown mesothelioma recurrence is highly prevalent, even among patients who are able to undergo aggressive primary therapy, like surgery. Some studies have noted recurrence rates ranging from 10 – 72% of patients.

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Lucky 13: Celebrating 13 Years of Survivorship

Lucky 13: Celebrating 13 Years of Survivorship | Mesothelioma.com

February 2nd, 2019 will mark 13 years since my life-saving surgery done by the late Dr. David Sugarbaker. 13 years was not even something I thought I could achieve all those years ago when I was told I had just 15 months to live. Over the last 13 years, I have had so much to be thankful and grateful for. All I have to do is look at my daughter, who was just a tiny, serious baby when I was diagnosed, and now she is taller than I am – a fact she is all too happy to point out at every moment possible! 13 years of scanxiety, 13 years of advocacy, and 13 years of living for today.

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How Dropping DNA into Water May Reveal Mesothelioma

How Dropping DNA into Water May Reveal Mesothelioma

Scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia have been working to find a cancer test that will detect cancer sooner, allowing patients to begin treatment earlier and improve their prognosis. This is particularly influential for rare cancers like malignant mesothelioma that are difficult to detect. Early detection is the best way to improve mesothelioma prognosis, stressing the need to find better diagnostic tools.

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Dealing With a Cancer Diagnosis or Treatment During the Holidays

Dealing With a Cancer Diagnosis or Treatment During the Holidays

The holidays can be magical and stressful, make you thankful or hate everything. But when you add in a cancer diagnosis, treatment, or a hospital stay, or any illness to the season, you end up dealing with so much more. The season comes with some pretty high expectations and along with that, equal disappointment. I learned LONG ago to tamper expectations and try not to get carried away, but it isn’t always that easy.

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Study Finds Radiation Before Surgery Can Make Immunotherapy More Effective for Mesothelioma

Study Finds Radiation Before Surgery Can Make Immunotherapy More Effective for Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is often treated with a multimodal therapy of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Though these treatments are considered the standards of care, as curative and palliative options, researchers have debated the exact role of radiation for mesothelioma over the years. Some studies have suggested the therapy is not effective and mesothelioma tumors may be resistant to the treatment overall. Others have claimed that the treatment is best used palliatively to shrink tumors and help alleviate symptoms.

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U.S. Asbestos Imports Increase Despite International Actions

U.S. Asbestos Imports Increase Despite International Actions | Mesothelioma.com

In October, Canada’s government followed through on a promise it made in 2016 to eventually ban asbestos use. On December 30, the Prohibition of Asbestos and Products Containing Asbestos Regulations will prevent the sale and use of asbestos, but will also target the sale, importation, and use of asbestos-containing products.

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Doctors, Patients Convene at NYC Mesothelioma Symposium

Doctors, Patients Convene at NYC Mesothelioma Symposium

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation recently held its International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma in New York City, the second of two events scheduled for 2018. Doctors, nurses, patients, and caregivers met in Manhattan to discuss the disease, current treatments, and cutting-edge tactics aimed at helping mesothelioma patients live longer, better lives.

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Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2018: Looking Back on the Past Year

Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2018: Looking Back on the Past Year

Each year on September 26, we stop to observe Mesothelioma Awareness Day, a national event building support for the mesothelioma community, patients who are battling the rare cancer, and all of the work being done to cure the disease. On this year’s Mesothelioma Awareness Day, we’re looking back at the last year to highlight medical advances and successes, along with recent developments from the Environmental Protection Agency that could have an impact in the nation’s ongoing fight to eventually phase out asbestos use.

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A Matter of Fact: Making the Asbestos Debate Mainstream

A Matter of Fact: Making the Asbestos Debate Mainstream

Every once in a while, you get an email that makes you yell out loud. I received one of those emails a few weeks ago, and I literally screamed when I read it.

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Remembering a Pioneer in Mesothelioma Care: David J. Sugarbaker, MD

Remembering a Pioneer in Mesothelioma Care: David J. Sugarbaker, MD

In late August, David J. Sugarbaker, MD, a pioneer of mesothelioma treatment and research, a gifted surgeon, and an outstanding mentor, passed away from cancer at age 65. This was an unexpected shock for the entire mesothelioma community. I’ve had the privilege of working alongside Dr. Sugarbaker for over 20 years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) where he was the founding chief of the division of thoracic surgery, as well as the founder and director of the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP). Dr. Sugarbaker had a profound impact on the way we treat mesothelioma today, pushing the boundaries of surgery and multi-disciplinary care to prolong the life of his patients. He devoted his life to finding a cure for mesothelioma and had a tremendous influence on all of us here at the Brigham through training, collaboration, mentorship, and support.

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