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Jillian McKee

Jillian McKee

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Top 7 Cancer Treatment Centers

Top 7 Cancer Treatment Centers

After receiving a cancer diagnosis, choosing a doctor and treatment center is the most important step in extending life expectancy. For patients with rare cancers like mesothelioma, choosing a doctor who specializes in the disease is vital to getting the best treatment and personalizing it to an individual’s case.

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Finding Help in the Last Stages of Mesothelioma

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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Personalized Cancer Vaccines Show Promise for Mesothelioma

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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How a Breath Test Can Detect Mesothelioma in Earlier Stages

How a Breath Test Can Detect Mesothelioma in Earlier Stages

One of the known challenges of effectively treating mesothelioma is the difficulty in properly diagnosing the rare cancer in its early stages. The long latency period after asbestos exposure coupled with nonspecific symptoms often lead to misdiagnosis until the mesothelioma has become more advanced.

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High Cost of Asbestos Abatement Leaves Lower Income Communities at Risk

High Cost of Asbestos Abatement Leaves Lower Income Communities at Risk

Asbestos abatement is an important aspect of preventing asbestos-related diseases. As most of the asbestos in the United States today can be found in legacy uses, especially in older buildings and homes, removing the toxin can greatly limit exposure for families living in these homes or workers in older buildings.

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Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Exploring the Global Burden of Mesothelioma

Exploring the Global Burden of Mesothelioma

Despite its dangers, asbestos truly remains a global issue. Even countries like the UK and Australia that have had a ban in effect many years, still see the harmful effects of its past use. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases pose a global health issue that isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon.

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How Asbestos Invaded the Chlorine Industry

How Asbestos Invaded the Chlorine Industry

While asbestos use in the United States has declined quite steadily over the years, one industry in particular still relies on the mineral for its processes. Throughout the past few years, the chlor-alkali industry has used most or all of the asbestos imported into the U.S. In 2016, the EPA noted that 340 metric tons of chrysotile asbestos were imported and all of it was consumed by chlor-alkali plants.

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Affordable Long-Term Lodging for Cancer Patients

Affordable Long-Term Lodging for Cancer Patients

Patients and their families spend millions of dollars each year on lodging and transportation or travel for treatment. These travel costs accumulate fast, on top of the mounting medical bills for the treatment itself and normal household bills. For the average family, these costs can quickly become too much to handle.

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Health Insurance for Cancer Treatment: What to Know

Health Insurance for Cancer Treatment

In some ways, a battle with cancer today goes well beyond fighting the disease itself. Patients also face the hardship of affording increasingly expensive treatments on top of all the usual bills. And if that isn’t bad enough, it looks like the costs of cancer treatment aren’t coming down anytime soon. A study from 2014 found the annual cost of a cancer drug was over $120,000, and estimated that it would continue rising each year by 7.5 – 10.5% until at least 2020.

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BAP1 Gene Study Shows Link Between Melanoma and Mesothelioma

BAP1 Gene Study

A study published last week in the medical journal Scientific Reports shows a new link between melanoma and mesothelioma through the BAP1 gene. The gene was previously identified as a genetic risk factor for developing mesothelioma in several studies.

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