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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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Spring 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Somer Greene

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 1/18/2017

Somer Greene

We are happy to announce the winner of the Spring 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship: Somer Greene.

Somer is a survivor of Hereditary Gastric Carcinoma, which is a form of stomach cancer that is passed along genetically through a mutation of the CDH1 gene. While not everyone with the mutation develops cancer, those who have it also might have a higher chance of developing the disease.

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New Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Tests Immunotherapy Before Surgery

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 1/11/2017

Immunotherapy and Cancer

Last fall, the Baylor College of Medicine Mesothelioma Treatment Center began running a new clinical trial that looks at how to use immunotherapy and surgery together as a more effective way to treat mesothelioma – an extremely rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

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Registered Nurse Tells Her Mother’s Mesothelioma Story

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 1/9/2017

Kathryn Frymoyer

“My mom was a very strong person,” Lora Frymoyer recently told the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. “Her name was Kathryn. Kitty is what she was called.”

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Mesothelioma Warriors Share Their Hopes for 2017

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 1/5/2017

Hope for 2017

For many people the New Year brings hope, whether it’s hope of fulfilling a dream, hope of recovering from sickness or other circumstances, or simply hope that something unexpected and good will happen in the days, weeks, and months to come.

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2016 in Review: Recapping Mesothelioma Research

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 12/29/2016

Immunotherapy Innovations

When it comes to mesothelioma, “good news” is a phrase that most people do not associate with the disease. However, looking back over the past year, there have actually been quite a few stories highlighting positive developments in the realm of mesothelioma treatments, diagnosis, and other medical aspects of the disease.

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Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and their Families

Keytruda, Lung Cancer, and Mesothelioma

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 12/22/2016

Keytruda - Clinical Trials

Keytruda (also known as pembrolizumab) is a new cancer-fighting drug that is making a big splash. Introduced by the pharmaceutical company Merck, Keytruda belongs to a class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies. Unlike traditional chemotherapy drugs Monoclonal antibodies are specialized proteins that are part of the body’s own immune system.

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Traveling with Cancer for the Holidays

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 12/20/2016

Traveling with Cancer for the Holidays

For those who have mesothelioma, or any other form of cancer, spending the holidays with your family may feel more important than ever before. However, traveling to be with loved ones when you have or are recovering from cancer is more difficult than traveling when you’re healthy. Symptoms like shortness of breath and fatigue that mesothelioma can bring can make traveling unpleasant, and more serious concerns can make it nearly impossible.

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Dealing with a Cancer Diagnosis During the Holidays

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 12/15/2016

Heather and Family for Christmas

I love decorating my Christmas tree. I love pulling out all the ornaments year after year, and finding the perfect spot for each one. Like many people, the ornaments hold memories: some good, others funny, and one in particular is the most bittersweet.

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The Role of Gender in Mesothelioma

  • Author: Dr. Raphael Bueno
  • Date: 12/13/2016

International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

New, gender-specific mutations were discovered for the first time in a mesothelioma research study at the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Studies have shown that women diagnosed with mesothelioma, typically have more favorable outcomes and a statistically better chance of survival than men with the same diagnosis. Identifying these different mutations and why women have an advantage are the first steps towards developing more effective treatments for everyone suffering from mesothelioma.

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