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Surviving Peritoneal Mesothelioma: Stephen Jay Gould’s Cancer Journey

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 5/19/2017

Stephen Jay Gould’s Cancer Journey

With any cancer diagnosis, patients play a game of statistics. Upon the initial diagnosis and through treatment, they hear about survival rate and their chance of beating these odds. When Stephen Jay Gould, a revolutionary evolutionary biologist and paleontologist, was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, he learned the median survival was just 8 months after diagnosis.

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Understanding Cancer Clinical Trials

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 5/16/2017

Understanding Cancer Clinical Trials

As the number of cancer diagnoses continues to rise, research is even more critical. In recent years, various programs and projects have been developed calling on researchers to work together to find new technologies, share data more easily, and develop much needed new diagnostic and treatment methods.

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Quest for a Cure: MCA Supports Cancer Research Month

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 5/10/2017

Cancer Research Month

Cancer is a worldwide burden, and research is our best defense against it. In the past few years, research has seen a surge in collaboration and accelerated progress through projects like the Cancer Moonshot. But these diseases aren’t slowing down. The National Cancer Institute estimates the number of worldwide cancer cases is going to increase by 50% within the next two decades.

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Remembering Mesothelioma Warrior Lou Williams

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 5/3/2017

Remembering Mesothelioma Warrior Lou Williams

The mesothelioma community is mourning the recent loss of a true warrior, Louise “Lou” Williams. Lou was first diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2003, and again faced pleural mesothelioma in 2009. After a nearly 15-year battle, the aggressive cancer unfortunately won.

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Baylor Mesothelioma Doctor Has High Hopes for Preoperative Immunotherapy

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 4/21/2017

Baylor Mesothelioma Doctor

Mesothelioma is known for having a very poor prognosis. Caused by asbestos exposure, symptoms often don’t begin to show until 20 – 50 years later. Unfortunately, this long latency period means many patients aren’t diagnosed until the disease has progressed to a later stage.

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Health Insurance for Cancer Treatment: What to Know

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 4/18/2017

Health Insurance for Cancer Treatment

In some ways, a battle with cancer today goes well beyond fighting the disease itself. Patients also face the hardship of affording increasingly expensive treatments on top of all the usual bills. And if that isn’t bad enough, it looks like the costs of cancer treatment aren’t coming down anytime soon. A study from 2014 found the annual cost of a cancer drug was over $120,000, and estimated that it would continue rising each year by 7.5 – 10.5% until at least 2020.

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Cuban Lung Cancer Vaccine Brought to U.S. for New Clinical Trial

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 4/7/2017

Cuban Lung Cancer Vaccine

In the past, a collaboration between the United States and Cuba seemed unlikely. But with former President Barack Obama restoring diplomatic relations with the island nation last year, an important new clinical trial will soon be under way.

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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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BAP1 Gene Study Shows Link Between Melanoma and Mesothelioma

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 2/23/2017

BAP1 Gene Study

A study published last week in the medical journal Scientific Reports shows a new link between melanoma and mesothelioma through the BAP1 gene. The gene was previously identified as a genetic risk factor for developing mesothelioma in several studies.

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What Are Orphan Drugs Doing for Rare Cancers?

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 2/7/2017

Orphan Drugs for Rare Cancers

When you boil it down, drug companies exist for two main reasons: to provide medication to those who are sick, and to make money for their owners or shareholders.

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National Cancer Research Month

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