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Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Observes Rare Disease Day 2017

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 2/28/2017

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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Lung Leavin’ Day 2017: Celebrating 11 Years of Mesothelioma Survival

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 2/3/2017

Heather 11 year Lung Leavin

My husband and I have been throwing our Lung Leavin’ Day Celebration ever since 2007.

The first year it was just the two of us, in subzero weather, with our plates, by a pitifully small bonfire. But we did it, we wrote our fears in sharpie and smashed the plates. You know what? It felt AMAZING!!!

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Spring 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Somer Greene

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 1/18/2017

Somer Greene

We are happy to announce the winner of the Spring 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship: Somer Greene.

Somer is a survivor of Hereditary Gastric Carcinoma, which is a form of stomach cancer that is passed along genetically through a mutation of the CDH1 gene. While not everyone with the mutation develops cancer, those who have it also might have a higher chance of developing the disease.

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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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Dr. Robert Schreiber Shares Thoughts on Immunotherapy Research

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 12/7/2016

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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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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EPA to Assess the Dangers of Asbestos and Other Toxic Substances

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 11/30/2016

Asbestos Abatement

In a move that could lead to asbestos eventually being banned in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday named asbestos as one of 10 high-risk chemicals to be evaluated under a landmark federal chemical safety law enacted earlier this year.

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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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3 Facts about Veterans and Mesothelioma

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 11/11/2016

Celebrating Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, we look to those who have served our country to be reminded of the sacrifice they gave for us. Their dedication to preserving our democratic way of life and the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis are worth remember throughout the year, but this one day gives us time to step back and consider what that really means. For many people, the recent election solidifies that reality even more, regardless of who they voted for and the outcome that came out of it.

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Advice from Family Caregivers Over the Years

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 11/9/2016

Heather and Cam

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and when it comes to mesothelioma, many survivors are vocal in attributing their survival to the care they receive at the hands of family and friends.

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