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Why Cancer Patients Are Giving Thanks

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 11/23/2016

Esther Conrad

Having cancer can be terrible, there’s no doubt. But many cancer patients have nonetheless found opportunities to give thanks for their situation, whether they are a long-term survivor or someone who was recently diagnosed.

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Poet Uses Words to Remember Her Father’s Battle with Mesothelioma

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 10/12/2016

Willa and Stephen Carroll

Steve Carroll was a family man and community man. Born on Christmas Day in 1945, he was a storyteller and someone who cared deeply for those around him. “My father was a Zen Buddhist, a lover of poetry, a Red Sox fan,” remembers Steve’s daughter Willa, a writer and performer in New York City. “My father read The Hobbit aloud when I was a kid and did a great voice for Gollum. My father loved blues, Bob Dylan, train whistles, mountains, gardens, and pie for breakfast. He was beyond proud of his children and adored his grandchildren. He cooked elaborate holiday meals with his wife. He believed deeply in social justice.”

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National Comprehensive Cancer Network Updates Mesothelioma Treatment Recommendations

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 10/3/2016

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Doctors treating unresectable mesothelioma have traditionally used chemotherapy to help patients reduce symptoms, decrease pain and help maintain their quality of life. Unresectable mesothelioma is a type of cancer that cannot be treated with surgery. This can be because the mesothelioma has spread to other parts of the body (called metastasis), or the type of cancer itself makes it difficult to remove from the body. For these cases, chemotherapy has been the mainstay of treatment.

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Mesothelioma, Elder Care, and the Importance of Programs Like NICHE

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 9/15/2016

Nurse Assisting Patient

With the aging of the Baby Boomers, and the increased life expectancies of their parents (and even grandparents), there is an ever-growing concern around improving care for elder patients. In fact, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the increased need for elder care is one of the largest-growing sections of the healthcare industry. As more people look for newer and better care options to suit their lifestyle, income, and medical needs, this aspect of our healthcare system will only continue to grow.

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Cancer Moonshot Infographic: How the Moonshot Helps Mesothelioma Patients

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 8/30/2016

Cancer Research

The Cancer Moonshot Initiative is continuing to move along, and it’s gaining more and more attention from those outside of the community. In fact, one of the presidential candidates even mentioned it in a stump speech, acknowledging the importance of the program while promising to keep it going.

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How One Mesothelioma Survivor Deals With Survivor's Guilt

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 8/17/2016

I learned early on in my cancer treatment what a cruel, unfair thing cancer can be. It doesn’t care who you are, how old you are, or how much money you do or don’t have. Cancer has one purpose, to destroy the host, no matter who that host is – and many times, it succeeds.

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Mesothelioma Survivor Betsy Brockett Takes Her Recovery One Day at a Time

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 7/18/2016

Betsy Brockett Cancer Treatments

When Betsy Brockett was diagnosed with a rare form of mesothelioma in her abdomen she was only 28 years old.

“My first reaction to my diagnosis was complete shock,” she recently told the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. “It seemed to come out of nowhere, and the diagnosis dismantled everything in my life.”

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5 Things Every Advocate Should Remember

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 7/6/2016

Heather and friend Bruce

A strange thing happened to me during my cancer treatment: I had the strong desire to help people, to give back, to inspire. I wanted to be an advocate.

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Why the Cost of Cancer Treatment Is so High

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 6/13/2016

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These days many people will get cancer simply by living long enough, as the disease manifests in a third of the population in one of its many forms. As of 2014, cancer drugs with the FDA's blessing cost more than $120,000 annually – and according to a recent CBS News report, that cost increased 11.5 percent last year. Taking into consideration that the median gross income for American households is $52,000, along with the fact that insurance companies often ask families to pay upward to 30 percent of the total cost of cancer treatment, the bottom line is that cancer treatments are becoming much too costly for the average patient.

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Parenting with Cancer: Advice from Survivors

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 6/5/2016

Parenting is tough enough as it is. Adding in the complications associated with a cancer diagnosis can make it seem unbearable. Yet millions of cancer survivors are parents, and their experience with the disease naturally requires them to face the realities of their own physical and emotional capabilities.

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