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The Benefits of Palliative Care: Managing Pain, Discomfort and Quality of Life

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 3/1/2017

Palliative Care

If you’re reading this, there’s a chance you or someone you know is facing a chronic condition. Whether it’s dementia, heart disease, or some type of cancer – such as mesothelioma – taking the next step to determine what treatment is available or appropriate is an important and often difficult decision. For many people battling a chronic disease, palliative care may be the most appropriate option for them to consider.

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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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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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3 Facts about Veterans and Mesothelioma

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 11/11/2016

Celebrating Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, we look to those who have served our country to be reminded of the sacrifice they gave for us. Their dedication to preserving our democratic way of life and the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis are worth remember throughout the year, but this one day gives us time to step back and consider what that really means. For many people, the recent election solidifies that reality even more, regardless of who they voted for and the outcome that came out of it.

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New Debt Collection Rules Could Help Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 9/30/2016

Debt Collection

There’s no doubt about it: The cost of mesothelioma treatment can be very high. Such high costs can leave many patients and their families with the question of how to pay for such therapies. And in a lot of cases, the only option may be going into debt.

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Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner: Carol Mata

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 5/13/2016

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We are happy to announce that the fourth Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship will be awarded to Carol Mata, a biomedical engineering student at the University of Cincinnati.

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Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner: Termeh Khoshniat

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 1/14/2016

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We are thrilled to announce the third recipient of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship: Termeh Khoshniat.

In 2008, when Termeh was 16 years old, her mother became severely ill. After years of tests, deteriorating health, and multiple diagnoses, her mother was officially diagnosed with stage II mesothelioma in 2013. From that day forward, Termeh became her mother’s sole, state-appointed caretaker. Her story of courage and perseverance left us humbled and speechless.

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Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner: Olivia Current

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 1/15/2015

Olivia Current

We are pleased and proud to award the first Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship to Olivia Current.

Olivia is a four-year cancer survivor. In 2011, at the age of 16, she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and her subsequent treatment required not only rounds of intense chemotherapy but also a bone-marrow transplant to address a DNA mutation. Olivia’s experience was fraught with complications from infections to graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a condition in which the newly transplanted tissue attacks the receiver’s system.

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Announcing: The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Program

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 10/6/2014

MCA Scholarship

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is proud to announce the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship program to benefit college students whose lives have been affected by cancer. $4,000 will be awarded each semester (Spring 2015 and Fall 2015) to one student who has battled any kind of cancer or who has witnessed the personal struggle of a parent, sibling or other immediate family member or close friend.

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Developing a Cancer Survivorship Plan

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 4/15/2014

Survivorship Plan

It is estimated that two out of three people diagnosed with cancer will live five years or longer after their initial diagnosis. Healthcare professionals advise that the quality of care after a patient has entered remission will have a profound impact on the life expectancy of a survivor. Therefore, it’s very important to develop a survivorship plan to help you and your loved ones enjoy life every given day and adjust to your new normal.

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About David

  • Joined MCA in 2011
  • Cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
  • Focuses on creative fitness ideas for those dealing with cancer
  • Researches valuable programs for our site visitors

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