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Study Finds Radiation Before Surgery Can Make Immunotherapy More Effective for Mesothelioma

Study Finds Radiation Before Surgery Can Make Immunotherapy More Effective for Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is often treated with a multimodal therapy of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Though these treatments are considered the standards of care, as curative and palliative options, researchers have debated the exact role of radiation for mesothelioma over the years. Some studies have suggested the therapy is not effective and mesothelioma tumors may be resistant to the treatment overall. Others have claimed that the treatment is best used palliatively to shrink tumors and help alleviate symptoms.

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Doctors, Patients Convene at NYC Mesothelioma Symposium

Doctors, Patients Convene at NYC Mesothelioma Symposium

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation recently held its International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma in New York City, the second of two events scheduled for 2018. Doctors, nurses, patients, and caregivers met in Manhattan to discuss the disease, current treatments, and cutting-edge tactics aimed at helping mesothelioma patients live longer, better lives.

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A Matter of Fact: Making the Asbestos Debate Mainstream

A Matter of Fact: Making the Asbestos Debate Mainstream

Every once in a while, you get an email that makes you yell out loud. I received one of those emails a few weeks ago, and I literally screamed when I read it.

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Remembering Dr. David Sugarbaker, Renowned Mesothelioma Expert

Remembering Dr. David Sugarbaker, Renowned Mesothelioma Expert

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is saddened to learn of the passing of renowned mesothelioma expert, Dr. David Sugarbaker. Dr. Sugarbaker accomplished a lot in his lifetime, dedicating his career to finding a cure for pleural mesothelioma.

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Attending the 2018 Minneapolis Mesothelioma Symposium

Attending the 2018 Minneapolis Mesothelioma Symposium | Mesothelioma.com

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation recently held its regional symposium in Minneapolis, and I was thrilled to only drive 10 miles to the hotel it was being held, since I live in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Every other year, the Meso Foundation takes its “show on the road” for smaller, more intimate gatherings to spotlight regional medical facilities and healthcare professionals. As most everyone knows, we happen to have the world-renowned Mayo Clinic just minutes south of the Twin Cities.

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HIPEC Success Rate for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients

HIPEC Success Rate for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients

In recent years, mesothelioma survival rates have slowly been improving, thanks to advancements in diagnostic methods and new treatments. Peritoneal mesothelioma patients in particular have seen much improved survival rates, largely due to the success of a newer treatment called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy or HIPEC.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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