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BAP1 Gene Study Shows Link Between Melanoma and Mesothelioma

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 2/23/2017

BAP1 Gene Study

A study published last week in the medical journal Scientific Reports shows a new link between melanoma and mesothelioma through the BAP1 gene. The gene was previously identified as a genetic risk factor for developing mesothelioma in several studies.

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Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act of 2017 Passes House Judiciary Committee Vote

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 2/17/2017

Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act of 2017 Passes House Judiciary Committee Vote

For years, advocates for people with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases have successfully fought efforts to pass a controversial bill that would make it significantly more difficult for asbestos victims to file claims, likely delaying their receiving compensation.

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Former New York Assemblywoman Janet Duprey Tells How Mesothelioma Affected Her Family

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 2/14/2017

Janet Duprey

Janet Duprey is a lifelong resident of Peru, NY, a small town in the farthest northern reaches of New York, near the Canadian border and across Lake Champlain from Burlington, Vermont. At the end of 2016, she retired after a 41-year political career.

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Asbestos, Lies, and Videotape: Corporate Spy Poses as Filmmaker to Dupe Anti-Asbestos Advocates

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 2/9/2017

Corporate Spy

It is an extraordinary story of corporate espionage, intrigue, and betrayal.

For four years, a British man working for a prominent corporate intelligence firm infiltrated the global network of anti-asbestos advocates working to ban asbestos in the United States and around the world. By posing as a sympathetic filmmaker working on a documentary about the dangers of asbestos, the British man, Rob Moore, obtained sensitive information about the anti-asbestos network’s funding, aims, and strategies and the personalities of its key advocates.

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What Are Orphan Drugs Doing for Rare Cancers?

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 2/7/2017

Orphan Drugs for Rare Cancers

When you boil it down, drug companies exist for two main reasons: to provide medication to those who are sick, and to make money for their owners or shareholders.

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Lung Leavin’ Day 2017: Celebrating 11 Years of Mesothelioma Survival

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 2/3/2017

Heather 11 year Lung Leavin

My husband and I have been throwing our Lung Leavin’ Day Celebration ever since 2007.

The first year it was just the two of us, in subzero weather, with our plates, by a pitifully small bonfire. But we did it, we wrote our fears in sharpie and smashed the plates. You know what? It felt AMAZING!!!

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Murder by Cancer: Carrie West Harper Tells Her Father’s Mesothelioma Story

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 2/1/2017

Carrie West Harper Interview

Carrie West Harper is a small business owner in Austin, Texas, where she lives with her husband and two daughters, ages 12 and 7. From time to time, Carrie’s children ask her about their grandfather who died when they were both very young from an asbestos-related disease of the lungs.

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Flu and Cancer: How Patients Can Avoid Influenza

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 1/26/2017

Flu and Cancer

For most people, influenza (the flu virus) is a simple chest infection that comes and goes without much fanfare. For cancer patients, however, the flu virus can be extremely dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have noted that individuals with cancer have a higher risk of complications if they catch the flu, including hospitalization and even death.

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What to Say When Someone Dies of Cancer

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 1/24/2017

When Someone Dies

One of the hardest times to find the right words to say is when somebody is suffering from the death of a loved one due to cancer. It can be hard to know what to say, what not to say – and even whether or not to say anything at all!

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The Importance of Grief Counseling for Mesothelioma Patients and Families

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 1/20/2017

Grief Counseling

Mesothelioma is a disease that comes with a grim outlook with only an average of 8% of patients who survive five years after their diagnosis. Because it has such a poor prognosis, a big part of treating mesothelioma – or any form of cancer, really – includes addressing mental impact it has on patients and their family members.

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