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Jillian McKee

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Exploring the Global Burden of Mesothelioma

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 10/4/2017

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

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 8/15/2017

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

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 7/5/2017

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

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 4/18/2017

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

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 2/23/2017

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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What to Say When Someone Dies of Cancer

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 1/24/2017

When Someone Dies

One of the hardest times to find the right words to say is when somebody is suffering from the death of a loved one due to cancer. It can be hard to know what to say, what not to say – and even whether or not to say anything at all!

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New Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Tests Immunotherapy Before Surgery

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 1/11/2017

Immunotherapy and Cancer

Last fall, the Baylor College of Medicine Mesothelioma Treatment Center began running a new clinical trial that looks at how to use immunotherapy and surgery together as a more effective way to treat mesothelioma – an extremely rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

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Mesothelioma, Elder Care, and the Importance of Programs Like NICHE

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 9/15/2016

Nurse Assisting Patient

With the aging of the Baby Boomers, and the increased life expectancies of their parents (and even grandparents), there is an ever-growing concern around improving care for elder patients. In fact, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the increased need for elder care is one of the largest-growing sections of the healthcare industry. As more people look for newer and better care options to suit their lifestyle, income, and medical needs, this aspect of our healthcare system will only continue to grow.

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Tackling the Stigma for Lung Cancer Awareness Month

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 11/3/2015

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According to the National Cancer Institute, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. It is appropriate, therefore, that we dedicate an entire month to awareness about this terrible disease.

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Eat to Defeat: Debunking Low/No Sugar Diets

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 10/20/2015

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One of the most talked about dietary trends of the past few years has been low-to-no sugar diets. Most recently, articles have surfaced attempting to link sugar restriction with cancer treatment, suggesting that a patient’s consumption of sugar may feed cancer cells.

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About Jillian

  • Joined MCA in 2009
  • Develops medical content and outreach efforts
  • Specializes in cancer support programs and social media campaigns
  • Advocate for the integration of complementary / alternative medicine in cancer treatment

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