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Finding Help in the Last Stages of Mesothelioma

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 3/28/2018

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?

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 3/15/2018

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

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 1/10/2018

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

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 12/29/2017

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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The Benefits of Comprehensive Support Services for Mesothelioma Families

  • Author: Dr. Raphael Bueno
  • Date: 11/20/2017

Comprehensive Support Services for Mesothelioma Families | Mesothelioma.com

Following the diagnosis of mesothelioma, patients often feel overwhelmed. They have many questions and concerns—for themselves and for their families. Patients worry how their loved ones will cope. The International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has a dedicated support team to provide comfort, compassion, and companionship during this difficult time for the patient as well as for the caregiver, most often the spouse. The IMP support staff includes a patient liaison coordinator, a chaplain, a dedicated social worker and two trained nurses who provide post-surgery care. Social worker Beth Flanzbaum, MSW, LICSW and chaplain John Kearns work alongside patient navigator Sheryl Ann Chicoine, Thornton House Coordinator Martha Williams, and nursing liaisons Lisa Hyde-Barrett, RN and Ellie Ericson, RN. One of the physician assistants is also assigned as the mesothelioma PA every week. Together, they create a support network for mesothelioma patients and their families before, during, and after their stay at the hospital.

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Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder When You Have Cancer

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 10/11/2017

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder When You Have Cancer

While many rejoice in the change of season, watching the leaves fall and feeling the air grow colder, some Americans instead begin to feel moody and fatigued. As summer changes to fall and continues to progress to winter, some individuals may get the sense that they are in a seasonal funk or have “the winter blues,” when they may actually suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

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Fall 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Natalia Jaramillo

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 9/1/2017

Fall 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Natalia Jaramillo

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Fall 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship is Natalia Jaramillo, a doctoral student specializing in clinical psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

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Medical Marijuana for Cancer: What to Know

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 7/19/2017

Medical Marijuana for Cancer

Herbs and plants were the original treatments for many illnesses and injuries people faced. As such, cannabis or marijuana use dates back centuries. It popped up in Western medicine in the 19th century as a means of relieving pain, inflammation, and spasms.

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Affordable Long-Term Lodging for Cancer Patients

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 7/5/2017

Affordable Long-Term Lodging for Cancer Patients

Patients and their families spend millions of dollars each year on lodging and transportation or travel for treatment. These travel costs accumulate fast, on top of the mounting medical bills for the treatment itself and normal household bills. For the average family, these costs can quickly become too much to handle.

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Coping After Cancer: Support for Cancer Survivors

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 6/7/2017

Coping After Cancer

Cancer can truly change someone’s life as they knew it. From being diagnosed through treatment and survival, patients and survivors endure so much physically and mentally. Every patient experiences different effects and will find their own ways to cope as they adjust to their “new normal.”

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