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National Poison Prevention Week: The Dangers of Asbestos

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 3/21/2017

National Poison Prevention Week: The Dangers of Asbestos

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), poisoning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, with about 2 million poisonings reported each year. Many people don’t even really consider the potential risks in their homes or the world around them. No matter what precautions are taken – such as keeping chemicals stored away and putting medicines out of children’s reach – unintentional poisoning can happen to anyone.

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Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Observes Rare Disease Day 2017

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 2/28/2017

Rare Disease

February 28th, known as Rare Disease Day, offers us an opportunity to spread awareness about some of the lesser known – but just as important – diseases that often get overshadowed by more common illnesses. Although each individual disease might only affect a relatively small number of people, together rare diseases account for a rather large amount of the pain, suffering, and loss that many individuals experience on a daily basis.

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Dr. Robert Schreiber Shares Thoughts on Immunotherapy Research

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 12/7/2016

Dr. Robert Schreiber

It’s an exciting time for cancer research, and that’s true of mesothelioma as much as it is for many more common types of cancer. One of the areas that has seen a lot of activity in recent years is immunotherapy, a category of different treatments that aim to activate or boost the body’s natural ability to fight diseases, such as cancer.

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Advice from Family Caregivers Over the Years

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 11/9/2016

Heather and Cam

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and when it comes to mesothelioma, many survivors are vocal in attributing their survival to the care they receive at the hands of family and friends.

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Understanding Techniques in Mesothelioma Surgery with Dr. Raja Flores

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 10/7/2016

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Many patients who are diagnosed with mesothelioma eventually undergo some form of surgery to remove tumors and surrounding tissue that may contain cancerous cells. This is true in cases where doctors are attempting to remove the cancer completely (curative treatment), as well as in situations where the main goal is palliative care – that is, treatment designed to ease suffering and relieve pain, but not necessarily with the intent of curing the disease.

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Asbestos and the Dangers of a Trump Presidency

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 9/28/2016

Donald Trump

Politics can be ugly, and as we near Election Day – just a little more than a month away – that ugliness is sure to exhibit itself more and more. That’s true in any election year, but it seems even more true this year.

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Mesothelioma: How We Can Work Together to Ban Asbestos

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 9/19/2016

Work together to ban asbestos

As Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26 is getting closer, we wanted to shift the focus of our blog series from how the disease affects patients, to how we can get rid of the disease altogether. Of course, any discussion about stopping mesothelioma before it even starts must begin with a conversation about what it will take to ban the use of asbestos, the only known cause of this deadly and terrible disease.

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Fall Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Carol Mata

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 9/16/2016

Carol Mata

Earlier this year, Carol Mata was awarded the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship for the Fall 2016 semester. Her winning essay told the story of her father, who passed away after being diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer a year and a half ago.

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Mesothelioma: Why Spreading Awareness Is Important

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 9/13/2016

Mesothelioma Awareness Ribbon

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is only two short weeks away, on September 26. In the run-up to that day, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is reaching out to a number of partners – including patients, survivors, doctors, researchers, advocates, and others – to get their thoughts about the issues surrounding mesothelioma and what we can do about it.

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Mesothelioma: What Should People Know?

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 9/6/2016

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is September 26. Leading up to that day, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is reaching out to patients, survivors, advocates, doctors, researchers, and others who are involved in awareness efforts around mesothelioma to get their thoughts on important topics related to this rare form of cancer.

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March 27, 2017
Bethesda, MD

International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma

“The 2017 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma is an event organized by the Meso Foundation in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The Symposium will be held from March 27th through March 29th of 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda with daytime conference sessions taking place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.”


4/1/2017
CrossFit OSC, Greer, SC

1st Annual OSC Barbell Rodeo CrossFit Competition

“CrossFit OSC is hosting its 1st Annual OSC Barbell Rodeo CrossFit Competition in memory of Emily Brown Kocis, sister of OSC member Phil Brown. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. To learn more on how to participate, please visit the link to the event's page below.”

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