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Jillian McKee

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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

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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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Bringing Health Research Up to Date with the 21st Century Cures Act

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 9/28/2015

21st Century Cures Act

There’s no doubt that the health care system could use some care of its own. Although more people are being covered under health care plans than ever before, there is still a lot of opportunity to improve not only the methods by which we diagnose and treat everyday conditions and sickness, but also how we research rare and deadly diseases, such as mesothelioma.

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New Triplet Therapy Shows Positive Treatment Potential for Mesothelioma Patients

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 7/2/2015

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Recently at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) 2015 annual meeting, Dr. Gerald Zalcman reported the results of a study on a new mesothelioma treatment that has the potential to improve survival rates for malignant pleural mesothelioma patients.

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Cancer and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: 3 Tips to Help with Risk and Symptoms

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 2/13/2015

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A cancer diagnosis triggers fear and worry in most, if not all people. Many new terms and treatment options are provided to you at diagnosis. For some people, it can become overwhelming. To help alleviate these feelings in the beginning of your cancer journey, bring a friend or family member to your appointments to help understand the information, ask questions, and take notes. Make sure you ask questions until you understand the answers and the options you have during your treatment.

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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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