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What to Do if You Are Exposed to Asbestos

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 4/6/2018

What to Do if You Are Exposed to Asbestos

Asbestos is too often thought of as a danger of the past. The unfortunate reality is that not only is asbestos not banned in the United States or the majority of the world, but its heavy past uses still linger in thousands of buildings and homes and put the public at risk of continued exposure.

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Finding Help in the Last Stages of Mesothelioma

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 3/28/2018

Finding Help in the Last Stages of Mesothelioma

While researchers have made some progress in developing new ways to detect mesothelioma earlier, the majority of patients are still diagnosed at more advanced stages. By stage 3 and stage 4, patients face a life expectancy of just 12 – 16 months with limited treatment options available to extend survival. By these final stages of disease, the cancer has typically spread to other organs beyond the point of origin and likely has also spread to the lymph nodes, so surgery is no longer an option and other treatments like chemotherapy may be rather ineffective.

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Terry McCann: Olympic Wrestler, Reformer and Mesothelioma Warrior

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 3/22/2018

Terry McCann: Olympic Wrestler, Reformer and Mesothelioma Warrior

In the world of wrestling, Terry McCann is a legend. In his early wrestling career during college, McCann only lost three matches and went on to win three consecutive AAU National Championships. He also won two NCAA titles during his college career. In 1956, McCann considered joining the Olympic-bound team, though ultimately decided to push back his Olympic goals so he could finish his education.

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What Does Cancer Remission Mean?

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 3/15/2018

What Does Cancer Remission Mean?

Though there is still no cure for cancer, there are more cancer survivors than ever. With the most recent data, the National Cancer Institute estimated there were over 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States in 2016. This is expected to grow to over 20 million within the next eight years.

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Diagnosing Diffuse Mesothelioma with Novel Biomarker CD47

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 3/9/2018

Diagnosing Diffuse Mesothelioma with Novel Biomarker CD47

For many rare cancers, early detection and accurate diagnosis have been an ongoing struggle for years. The low incidence rates and often unclear symptoms are just a few factors that can impact a doctor’s ability to recognize these diseases, like diffuse mesothelioma. In more recent years, researchers have made some advancements in diagnostic methods to more accurately and quickly detect even rare cancers.

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Nicholas Hondrogen: A Prolific Art Career Abruptly Ended by Mesothelioma

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 3/1/2018

Nicholas Hondrogen: A Prolific Art Career Abruptly Ended by Mesothelioma

Nicholas Hondrogen was a true artist, applying his creative energy to a number of mediums throughout his career. Since his days in art school, Hondrogen showed his highly ambitious nature. Though his program at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts was meant to span the course of five years, after some encouragement from Flemish artist Jan Cox, Hondrogen completed his education in just two years.

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How Much Asbestos Exposure Is Dangerous?

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 2/22/2018

How Much Asbestos Exposure Is Dangerous?

Though there is better awareness around asbestos and its dangers in recent years, there are still many misconceptions around the mineral and its health risks. Education on the toxin itself, like places it may be found naturally and the many asbestos products used in the past and present, as well as the asbestos-related diseases that may develop as a result of exposure are vital to prevention.

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Personalized Cancer Vaccines Show Promise for Mesothelioma

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 2/14/2018

Personalized Cancer Vaccines Show Promise for Mesothelioma

Immunotherapy has become such an important aspect of cancer research after showing great promise for so many cancers, including mesothelioma. As research continues to show just how unique each case of cancer truly is from patient to patient, the need for personalized medicine continues to be pushed to the forefront. As such, one form of cancer immunotherapy, called personalized cancer vaccines, has become an increasingly important aspect of research.

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5 Things to Know About Mesothelioma Life Expectancy

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 2/7/2018

5 Things to Know About Mesothelioma Life Expectancy | Mesothelioma.com

After receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis, for many the biggest question is: “How long will I survive?” Unfortunately, determining mesothelioma life expectancy is a complicated question that can vary widely between patients for a number of individual factors.

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Charlotte Hughes Raises Mesothelioma Awareness in Remembrance of Her Mother

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 1/30/2018

Charlotte Hughes Raises Mesothelioma Awareness in Remembrance of Her Mother

Charlotte Hughes and her siblings recall a wonderful childhood in Rayleigh, England. Their mother Claire worked from home making realistic dolls, so she could also be a stay-at-home mom and spend time with her children. But when Charlotte was just 20 years old, the family learned the most devastating news: Claire had peritoneal mesothelioma.

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