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Remembering Sean Sasser: The Real World Star’s AIDS Advocacy Halted by Mesothelioma

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 8/16/2018

Remembering Sean Sasser: The Real World Star’s AIDS Advocacy Halted by Mesothelioma

Sean Sasser came into public fame after appearing on one of the most popular seasons of The Real World: San Francisco in the early 1990s. Though not a cast member himself, Sasser’s relationship with castmate Pedro Zamora quickly became a highlight of the season. Both men had been diagnosed with HIV as young adults and met before the show began at a march in Washington, as LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS educators and activists. The two had a commitment ceremony on the show, marking a momentous occasion as one of the first openly gay couples to do so on television.

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How to Identify Asbestos in Your Home

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 6/20/2018

How to Identify Asbestos in Your Home

Life-threatening asbestos particles may be in your home if it was built before 1980. When inhaled, asbestos fibers cling to tissues around the lungs, heart, and abdomen causing inflammation and scarring that can lead to mesothelioma, a rare and deadly type of cancer. Despite the well-known hazards of asbestos exposure, it’s still found in a number of products, including car parts, insulation, and construction materials.

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Immunotherapy vs. Chemotherapy

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 6/12/2018

Immunotherapy vs. Chemotherapy

Immunotherapy and chemotherapy are both techniques used to treat cancer. The difference between each treatment option can be unclear; however, the main differentiating factor is the way in which these treatments target cancer. Chemotherapy uses drugs to target and kill fast-growing cells, and immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to slow, stop, and kill cancerous cells.

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HIPEC Success Rate for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 6/5/2018

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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Donna Summer: The Disco Queen’s Legend Lives on After Death from Asbestos Cancer

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 5/22/2018

Donna Summer: The Disco Queen’s Legend Lives on after Death from Asbestos Cancer

LaDonna Adrian Gaines, better known by her stage name Donna Summer, soared to fame in the 1970s, becoming widely known as the “Queen of Disco.” Her songs like “Bad Girls,” “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff” and countless other hits helped her become one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, a five-time Grammy award winner, and frequent chart topper.

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Fall 2018 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Darwin Arias

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 5/15/2018

Fall 2018 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Darwin Arias

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is pleased to announce the winner of the Fall 2018 Scholarship, Darwin Arias.

Darwin is set to begin his undergraduate career at Columbia University in the fall, with an interest in studying biology, neuroscience, or biochemistry. Throughout his academic career, Darwin has challenged himself to fill his schedule with difficult advanced placement courses and numerous extracurriculars to prepare for college and forge a path to achieve a medical career.

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Asbestos Is No Laughing Matter

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 5/7/2018

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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A Look at Cancer Drug Development with Dr. Harvey Berger

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 4/26/2018

A Look at Cancer Drug Development with Dr. Harvey Berger

In recent years, the number of new cancer drugs on the market has risen quite rapidly, with many more in development and actively being tested in clinical trials around the globe. But drug development can take many years to see the idea of a new therapy in a lab to a tested, approved treatment on the market to hopefully extend a patient’s survival.

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How Much Asbestos Exposure Is Dangerous?

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 2/22/2018

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.

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Charlotte Hughes Raises Mesothelioma Awareness in Remembrance of Her Mother

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 1/30/2018

Charlotte Hughes Raises Mesothelioma Awareness in Remembrance of Her Mother

Charlotte Hughes and her siblings recall a wonderful childhood in Rayleigh, England. Their mother Claire worked from home making realistic dolls, so she could also be a stay-at-home mom and spend time with her children. But when Charlotte was just 20 years old, the family learned the most devastating news: Claire had peritoneal mesothelioma.

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