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Remembering a Pioneer in Mesothelioma Care: David J. Sugarbaker, MD

Remembering a Pioneer in Mesothelioma Care: David J. Sugarbaker, MD

In late August, David J. Sugarbaker, MD, a pioneer of mesothelioma treatment and research, a gifted surgeon, and an outstanding mentor, passed away from cancer at age 65. This was an unexpected shock for the entire mesothelioma community. I’ve had the privilege of working alongside Dr. Sugarbaker for over 20 years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) where he was the founding chief of the division of thoracic surgery, as well as the founder and director of the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP). Dr. Sugarbaker had a profound impact on the way we treat mesothelioma today, pushing the boundaries of surgery and multi-disciplinary care to prolong the life of his patients. He devoted his life to finding a cure for mesothelioma and had a tremendous influence on all of us here at the Brigham through training, collaboration, mentorship, and support.

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Attending the 2018 Minneapolis Mesothelioma Symposium

Attending the 2018 Minneapolis Mesothelioma Symposium | Mesothelioma.com

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation recently held its regional symposium in Minneapolis, and I was thrilled to only drive 10 miles to the hotel it was being held, since I live in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Every other year, the Meso Foundation takes its “show on the road” for smaller, more intimate gatherings to spotlight regional medical facilities and healthcare professionals. As most everyone knows, we happen to have the world-renowned Mayo Clinic just minutes south of the Twin Cities.

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Top 7 Cancer Treatment Centers

Top 7 Cancer Treatment Centers

After receiving a cancer diagnosis, choosing a doctor and treatment center is the most important step in extending life expectancy. For patients with rare cancers like mesothelioma, choosing a doctor who specializes in the disease is vital to getting the best treatment and personalizing it to an individual’s case.

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Immunotherapy vs. Chemotherapy

Immunotherapy vs. Chemotherapy

Immunotherapy and chemotherapy are both techniques used to treat cancer. The difference between each treatment option can be unclear; however, the main differentiating factor is the way in which these treatments target cancer. Chemotherapy uses drugs to target and kill fast-growing cells, and immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to slow, stop, and kill cancerous cells.

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Fall 2018 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Darwin Arias

Fall 2018 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Darwin Arias

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is pleased to announce the winner of the Fall 2018 Scholarship, Darwin Arias.

Darwin is set to begin his undergraduate career at Columbia University in the fall, with an interest in studying biology, neuroscience, or biochemistry. Throughout his academic career, Darwin has challenged himself to fill his schedule with difficult advanced placement courses and numerous extracurriculars to prepare for college and forge a path to achieve a medical career.

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A Look at Cancer Drug Development with Dr. Harvey Berger

A Look at Cancer Drug Development with Dr. Harvey Berger

In recent years, the number of new cancer drugs on the market has risen quite rapidly, with many more in development and actively being tested in clinical trials around the globe. But drug development can take many years to see the idea of a new therapy in a lab to a tested, approved treatment on the market to hopefully extend a patient’s survival.

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Finding Help in the Last Stages of Mesothelioma

Finding Help in the Last Stages of Mesothelioma

While researchers have made some progress in developing new ways to detect mesothelioma earlier, the majority of patients are still diagnosed at more advanced stages. By stage 3 and stage 4, patients face a life expectancy of just 12 – 16 months with limited treatment options available to extend survival. By these final stages of disease, the cancer has typically spread to other organs beyond the point of origin and likely has also spread to the lymph nodes, so surgery is no longer an option and other treatments like chemotherapy may be rather ineffective.

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What Does Cancer Remission Mean?

What Does Cancer Remission Mean?

Though there is still no cure for cancer, there are more cancer survivors than ever. With the most recent data, the National Cancer Institute estimated there were over 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States in 2016. This is expected to grow to over 20 million within the next eight years.

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Spring 2018 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Sirena Cordova

Spring 2018 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Sirena Cordova

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is pleased to announce the winner of the Spring 2018 Scholarship, Sirena Cordova.

Sirena is currently pursuing graduate studies at SUNY Empire, after receiving her bachelor's degree from the college in June 2017. She became the first member of her family to graduate from college, an achievement that became more difficult than she expected as her personal life faced many traumatic events along the way.

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Most Inspirational Mesothelioma Stories for 2018

Most Inspirational Mesothelioma Stories for 2018 | Mesothelioma.com

While a lot of people are looking back at the impact of asbestos and mesothelioma over the past year, we at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance wanted to take a look ahead and shed some light on what we think will be some of the most inspirational stories to follow in the upcoming year.

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