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Telling Loved Ones You Have Cancer

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 3/9/2017

Telling Loved Ones

Finding the right words when faced with a difficult situation can be daunting. No one wants to say the wrong thing or cause further pain or stress. Breaking the news of a cancer diagnosis to loved ones can be especially overwhelming.

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The Benefits of Palliative Care: Managing Pain, Discomfort and Quality of Life

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 3/1/2017

Palliative Care

If you’re reading this, there’s a chance you or someone you know is facing a chronic condition. Whether it’s dementia, heart disease, or some type of cancer – such as mesothelioma – taking the next step to determine what treatment is available or appropriate is an important and often difficult decision. For many people battling a chronic disease, palliative care may be the most appropriate option for them to consider.

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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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Flu and Cancer: How Patients Can Avoid Influenza

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 1/26/2017

Flu and Cancer

For most people, influenza (the flu virus) is a simple chest infection that comes and goes without much fanfare. For cancer patients, however, the flu virus can be extremely dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have noted that individuals with cancer have a higher risk of complications if they catch the flu, including hospitalization and even death.

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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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The Importance of Grief Counseling for Mesothelioma Patients and Families

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 1/20/2017

Grief Counseling

Mesothelioma is a disease that comes with a grim outlook with only an average of 8% of patients who survive five years after their diagnosis. Because it has such a poor prognosis, a big part of treating mesothelioma – or any form of cancer, really – includes addressing mental impact it has on patients and their family members.

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Mesothelioma Warriors Share Their Hopes for 2017

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 1/5/2017

Hope for 2017

For many people the New Year brings hope, whether it’s hope of fulfilling a dream, hope of recovering from sickness or other circumstances, or simply hope that something unexpected and good will happen in the days, weeks, and months to come.

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Traveling with Cancer for the Holidays

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 12/20/2016

Traveling with Cancer for the Holidays

For those who have mesothelioma, or any other form of cancer, spending the holidays with your family may feel more important than ever before. However, traveling to be with loved ones when you have or are recovering from cancer is more difficult than traveling when you’re healthy. Symptoms like shortness of breath and fatigue that mesothelioma can bring can make traveling unpleasant, and more serious concerns can make it nearly impossible.

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Dealing with a Cancer Diagnosis During the Holidays

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 12/15/2016

Heather and Family for Christmas

I love decorating my Christmas tree. I love pulling out all the ornaments year after year, and finding the perfect spot for each one. Like many people, the ornaments hold memories: some good, others funny, and one in particular is the most bittersweet.

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Recapping National Family Caregivers Month

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 12/2/2016

Heather & Cam

November was National Family Caregivers month, a period of time devoted to recognizing the efforts, sacrifices, and hardships of family caregivers across the country. It comes at the beginning of the holiday season and includes Thanksgiving, a time when many people visit with family and are thinking about the things they are grateful for. In a way, that is also the spirit of National Family Caregivers Month – to express thanks for those who spend time in caring for their loved ones who are ill or otherwise unable to take care of themselves.

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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, South Carolina

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“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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