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Emily Walsh

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A First Look into the EPA’s Risk Evaluation of Asbestos

EPA’s Risk Evaluation of Asbestos

Last June, anti-asbestos advocates rejoiced upon the passing of the Frank R. Lautenberg Act that seemed to pave a clearer path to a future ban on the toxin. The celebration continued a few months later when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed the first ten chemicals they would investigate and asbestos was included.

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Coping After Cancer: Support for Cancer Survivors

Coping After Cancer

Cancer can truly change someone’s life as they knew it. From being diagnosed through treatment and survival, patients and survivors endure so much physically and mentally. Every patient experiences different effects and will find their own ways to cope as they adjust to their “new normal.”

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Early Detection of Cancer Declines When the Economy Struggles

Early Detection of Cancer

Ending cancer as we know it has been the main focus in recent research efforts like the Cancer Moonshot. Seeing rates of incidence decrease should be a positive sign, coinciding with new treatments and an increase in preventive measures like cancer screenings. It could even signal a decline in risky behavior, like smoking or other environmental factors.

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Joe Biden Gives a Cancer Moonshot Update at SXSW Conference

Joe Biden Cancer Moonshot Update

Former Vice President Joe Biden took the stage at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference in Austin, Texas, earlier this week to give an update on the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Last January, Former President Obama announced the project during his State of the Union Address. Since then, the program has made some excellent progress towards its goal of ultimately ending cancer as we know it.

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Telling Loved Ones You Have Cancer

Telling Loved Ones

Finding the right words when faced with a difficult situation can be daunting. No one wants to say the wrong thing or cause further pain or stress. Breaking the news of a cancer diagnosis to loved ones can be especially overwhelming.

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Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

What Are Orphan Drugs Doing for Rare Cancers?

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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The Importance of Grief Counseling for Mesothelioma Patients and Families

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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2016 in Review: Recapping Mesothelioma Research

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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House Passes 21st Century Cures Act to Fund Cancer Moonshot and More

United States House of Representatives

On November 30, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a piece of legislation that would improve funding and requirements for medical research related to cancer and other medical diseases and conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, opioid addiction, and more.

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National Comprehensive Cancer Network Updates Mesothelioma Treatment Recommendations

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Doctors treating unresectable mesothelioma have traditionally used chemotherapy to help patients reduce symptoms, decrease pain and help maintain their quality of life. Unresectable mesothelioma is a type of cancer that cannot be treated with surgery. This can be because the mesothelioma has spread to other parts of the body (called metastasis), or the type of cancer itself makes it difficult to remove from the body. For these cases, chemotherapy has been the mainstay of treatment.

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