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Jenni DeHart Remembers Her Father’s Battle with Stage 4 Pleural Mesothelioma

Jenni DeHart Remembers Her Father’s Battle With Stage 4 Pleural Mesothelioma

Jim Leonard was a devoted dad and grandfather, enjoying retired life on the golf course and going to as many sporting events as he could. Leonard would cheer on his grandchildren and his hometown team, the Franklin Wildcats, and was a devoted fan of the University of Tennessee, a team he got to know as a young boy before his family moved to Ohio.

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The Benefits of Comprehensive Support Services for Mesothelioma Families

Comprehensive Support Services for Mesothelioma Families | Mesothelioma.com

Following the diagnosis of mesothelioma, patients often feel overwhelmed. They have many questions and concerns—for themselves and for their families. Patients worry how their loved ones will cope. The International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has a dedicated support team to provide comfort, compassion, and companionship during this difficult time for the patient as well as for the caregiver, most often the spouse. The IMP support staff includes a patient liaison coordinator, a chaplain, a dedicated social worker and two trained nurses who provide post-surgery care. Social worker Beth Flanzbaum, MSW, LICSW and chaplain John Kearns work alongside patient navigator Sheryl Ann Chicoine, Thornton House Coordinator Martha Williams, and nursing liaisons Lisa Hyde-Barrett, RN and Ellie Ericson, RN. One of the physician assistants is also assigned as the mesothelioma PA every week. Together, they create a support network for mesothelioma patients and their families before, during, and after their stay at the hospital.

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Steve McQueen and Mesothelioma: An Actor and Veteran’s Last Battle

Steve McQueen and Mesothelioma: An Actor and Veteran’s Last Battle

When Steve McQueen was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in the late 1970s, it came as a shock to many people. Known as the “King of Cool,” McQueen had been a rising star in the 1960s. He had a rough childhood and a reputation as a “bad boy,” and that background helped him find his way into some of the most popular movies of the time, including The Thomas Crown Affair, The Cincinnati Kid, and The Great Escape. By the early 1970s, he was one of the highest-paid actors in America.

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Combination Immunotherapy: Finding the Right Sequence and Timing

Combination Immunotherapy: Finding the Right Sequence and Timing

The sequence and timing of many events in life are critical, including cancer treatments. Many cancers, including mesothelioma, are often treated with a multimodal approach. This can consist of two different treatments, like chemotherapy and surgery, or the same type of therapy with different drugs, like the standard chemotherapy combination for mesothelioma of pemetrexed and platinol.

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Warren Zevon: Music, Family & Mesothelioma

Warren Zevon: Music, Family & Mesothelioma

Warren Zevon began a decades-long career in music when he left high school at 16 years old and moved to New York City to become a folk singer. Over the years, he was signed and dropped by multiple labels and produced many albums, both as a solo artist and in collaborative efforts.

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Scientists Discover Possible Genetic Link for Mesothelioma in Young Adults

Scientists Discover Possible Genetic Link for Mesothelioma in Young Adults

The link between a cancer diagnosis and one’s genetics has been an important aspect of research for years. Many think of the link in terms of hereditary cases, that is if a type of cancer runs in the family because of a certain gene mutation. But the role of genetics in cancer goes far beyond deciding a person’s inherited risk.

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Medical Marijuana for Cancer: What to Know

Medical Marijuana for Cancer

Herbs and plants were the original treatments for many illnesses and injuries people faced. As such, cannabis or marijuana use dates back centuries. It popped up in Western medicine in the 19th century as a means of relieving pain, inflammation, and spasms.

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Dr. Raja Flores Explains the Tools Used in Mesothelioma Surgery

Dr. Raja Flores Explains the Tools Used in Mesothelioma Surgery

Dr. Raja Flores, professor and chief of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, knows that treating mesothelioma is more than a simple surgery. Though surgery is a common treatment for many mesothelioma patients, the process is not nearly as simple as going in and removing the cancerous tissue.

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Affordable Long-Term Lodging for Cancer Patients

Affordable Long-Term Lodging for Cancer Patients

Patients and their families spend millions of dollars each year on lodging and transportation or travel for treatment. These travel costs accumulate fast, on top of the mounting medical bills for the treatment itself and normal household bills. For the average family, these costs can quickly become too much to handle.

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The Challenges of Research in Immunotherapy

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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