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The Challenges of Research in Immunotherapy

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 6/16/2017

The Challenges of Research in Immunotherapy

Cancer research has made great advancements in recent years with emerging treatments like immunotherapy. Harnessing the immune system in different ways to better combat cancer has proven effective for a variety of cancer types, including mesothelioma. But there is still a lot of work ahead to truly understand how the treatment can be most effective.

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The Importance of Cancer Research in Immunotherapy

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 6/12/2017

The Importance of Cancer Research in Immunotherapy

Our immune system is a powerhouse that works hard constantly to protect the body from disease. In a fight against cancer, researchers have found great potential in harnessing and boosting the efforts of the immune system to attack the cancer cells. This treatment, known as immunotherapy, is still developing but has shown promise for a number of cancers already.

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Coping After Cancer: Support for Cancer Survivors

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 6/7/2017

Coping After Cancer

Cancer can truly change someone’s life as they knew it. From being diagnosed through treatment and survival, patients and survivors endure so much physically and mentally. Every patient experiences different effects and will find their own ways to cope as they adjust to their “new normal.”

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Carol Nutter Remembers Her Family Loss to Mesothelioma

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 5/26/2017

Carol Nutter Remembers Her Family

Carol Nutter grew up on a farm in Maine with her parents and three brothers. Since they lived in a coastal area, her dad worked in a shipyard in the neighboring town while her mom Marguerite – known as Peggy to her family and friends – maintained the farm. As the siblings grew up, they found their places in their own careers. Carol’s oldest brother, Tim, managed a grocery store and her middle brother, Mark, worked in the shipyard with their dad and in construction as a backhoe operator.

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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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