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Jillian McKee

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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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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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Eat to Defeat: Stress-Free Holiday Meal Planning

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 12/23/2014

Eat to defeat for the holidays

Research shows that one of the most important things you can do to manage mesothelioma and other forms of cancer is to keep stress low. You want your immune system humming, and stress can sabotage that. The holidays can be a very stressful time, especially when it comes to meal planning for those looking out for their health.

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Eat to Defeat: 7 Immune Boosting Foods

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 3/24/2014

Immune boosting foods

There is an abundance of research demonstrating the importance of a strong immune system in the fight against mesothelioma and other types of cancer. Including a variety of immune-boosting foods can help you fight off the disease or prevent it from taking root in the first place. In general, a diet based mostly around plants, which includes many different colors of fruits and vegetables, will provide you with a good balance of nutrients and antioxidants. But if you’re looking for an extra boost, here are seven immune-boosting foods you can make sure to have in your diet.

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Eat to Defeat: Avoiding Gluten to Fight Cancer

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 5/3/2013

Gluten free cancer patient diet

Whether you're in remission or you've recently been diagnosed with cancer, maintaining a healthy diet is critical to your recovery and well-being. For some aggressive cancers, like mesothelioma, the treatment is equally as aggressive and alleviating symptoms from such treatments is paramount to help a patient feel well. Vegetarian, vegan and low-carbohydrate diets have long been very popular ways to do this. However, studies are now showing that a gluten-free diet may also help in the fight against cancer.

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Eat to Defeat: Kick Cancer with Kale

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 2/27/2013

Kick Cancer with Kale

When diagnosed with cancer, a patients diet and eating habits are one of the many things that change drastically. It’s important for a cancer patient to be aware of their diet and start to incorporate the types of foods that will benefit them in their fight against cancer. To avoid things such as cachexia and anorexia, which are problems faced by many cancer patients, a healthy diet is imperative in helping the body to heal efficiently.

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4 Tips To Not Let a Cancer Diagnosis Define You

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 1/15/2013

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Being diagnosed with cancer can be one of the scariest things that a person has to deal with. Regardless of your age, gender, or religion, cancer doesn't discriminate. All of the unknowns, millions of questions, and constant uncertainty can consume the mind and really affect a persons well being. It is important to not let a cancer diagnosis define you and cause you to lose interest in the things you once loved and lose sight of your hopes and dreams. Here are some tips to keep in mind and help guide you:

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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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