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Baylor Mesothelioma Doctor Has High Hopes for Preoperative Immunotherapy

Baylor Mesothelioma Doctor

Mesothelioma is known for having a very poor prognosis. Caused by asbestos exposure, symptoms often don’t begin to show until 20 – 50 years later. Unfortunately, this long latency period means many patients aren’t diagnosed until the disease has progressed to a later stage.

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Considering a Workers’ Compensation Claim for Mesothelioma

Workers’ Compensation Claim

Throughout the world, people face many hazards through their daily work. Many of these hazards go unnoticed until it’s too late, like asbestos exposure. The World Health Organization estimates that 125 million people are exposed to asbestos through their occupations each year.

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National Poison Prevention Week: The Dangers of Asbestos

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

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

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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Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Understanding Techniques in Mesothelioma Surgery with Dr. Raja Flores

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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

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

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

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

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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