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David Haas

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National Poison Prevention Week: Household Toxins to Avoid

National Poison Prevention Week 2

When we think of the word home, it’s generally associated with warmth, family, a safe place. But we have to consider the dangerous toxins that might be lurking in our beloved homes. Whether it’s the potential for asbestos in its construction or BPA in the water bottles in your fridge, there are unfortunately numerous risks we face daily without even realizing.

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

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

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

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

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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Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner: Carol Mata

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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

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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

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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Developing a Cancer Survivorship Plan

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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Coping with Cancer: The Importance of Family

Coping with Cancer

A cancer diagnosis is a difficult and life changing situation for anyone. Often when people receive the news, their families gather around them for support. Some try to underplay the importance of family and claim that the patient needs to create a better mental space for him or herself. However, the role that family plays in a cancer patient’s life is simply undeniable.

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