Mesothelioma.com Resources for Patients and their Families

The MCA Blog

Connecting with others one story at a time Survivor Ribbon

Results for “Mesothelioma Diagnosis”

Prognosis of Mesothelioma Without Treatment

Prognosis of Mesothelioma Without Treatment | Mesothelioma.com

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer, known to have an extremely bleak prognosis. Diagnosis can be jarring, leaving patients with the difficult decision of whether or not to pursue treatment. Mesothelioma life expectancy varies greatly, but what does it look like when treatment is denied?

Continue Reading »

Asbestos Is No Laughing Matter

Asbestos Is No Laughing Matter

Whenever I meet someone new, whether through my volunteer work or advocacy work in Washington D.C., they are almost always surprised that asbestos is not banned, and is still being imported and used today. I’ve learned that many people just assumed that it was banned back in the 1980s when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced legislation that would ban nearly all uses of the toxin. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that law was overturned just a few years later, so asbestos is still legal to use today in certain products.

Continue Reading »

What to Do if You Are Exposed to Asbestos

What to Do if You Are Exposed to Asbestos

Asbestos is too often thought of as a danger of the past. The unfortunate reality is that not only is asbestos not banned in the United States or the majority of the world, but its heavy past uses still linger in thousands of buildings and homes and put the public at risk of continued exposure.

Continue Reading »

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.

Continue Reading »

Terry McCann: Olympic Wrestler, Reformer and Mesothelioma Warrior

Terry McCann: Olympic Wrestler, Reformer and Mesothelioma Warrior

In the world of wrestling, Terry McCann is a legend. In his early wrestling career during college, McCann only lost three matches and went on to win three consecutive AAU National Championships. He also won two NCAA titles during his college career. In 1956, McCann considered joining the Olympic-bound team, though ultimately decided to push back his Olympic goals so he could finish his education.

Continue Reading »

Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

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.

Continue Reading »

Diagnosing Diffuse Mesothelioma with Novel Biomarker CD47

Diagnosing Diffuse Mesothelioma with Novel Biomarker CD47

For many rare cancers, early detection and accurate diagnosis have been an ongoing struggle for years. The low incidence rates and often unclear symptoms are just a few factors that can impact a doctor’s ability to recognize these diseases, like diffuse mesothelioma. In more recent years, researchers have made some advancements in diagnostic methods to more accurately and quickly detect even rare cancers.

Continue Reading »

Nicholas Hondrogen: A Prolific Art Career Abruptly Ended by Mesothelioma

Nicholas Hondrogen: A Prolific Art Career Abruptly Ended by Mesothelioma

Nicholas Hondrogen was a true artist, applying his creative energy to a number of mediums throughout his career. Since his days in art school, Hondrogen showed his highly ambitious nature. Though his program at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts was meant to span the course of five years, after some encouragement from Flemish artist Jan Cox, Hondrogen completed his education in just two years.

Continue Reading »

How Much Asbestos Exposure Is Dangerous?

How Much Asbestos Exposure Is Dangerous?

Though there is better awareness around asbestos and its dangers in recent years, there are still many misconceptions around the mineral and its health risks. Education on the toxin itself, like places it may be found naturally and the many asbestos products used in the past and present, as well as the asbestos-related diseases that may develop as a result of exposure are vital to prevention.

Continue Reading »

5 Things to Know About Mesothelioma Life Expectancy

5 Things to Know About Mesothelioma Life Expectancy | Mesothelioma.com

After receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis, for many the biggest question is: “How long will I survive?” Unfortunately, determining mesothelioma life expectancy is a complicated question that can vary widely between patients for a number of individual factors.

Continue Reading »

< Previous Next >

Search the MCA Blog:

Mesothelioma Treatment Guide

Free Mesothelioma Treatment Guide

Please fill in the form below to request our FREE Mesothelioma Treatment Guide. It will be sent to you within 24 hours.

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with mesothelioma?

Get Access To: