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Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2018: Looking Back on the Past Year

Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2018: Looking Back on the Past Year

Each year on September 26, we stop to observe Mesothelioma Awareness Day, a national event building support for the mesothelioma community, patients who are battling the rare cancer, and all of the work being done to cure the disease. On this year’s Mesothelioma Awareness Day, we’re looking back at the last year to highlight medical advances and successes, along with recent developments from the Environmental Protection Agency that could have an impact in the nation’s ongoing fight to eventually phase out asbestos use.

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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 a Pioneer in Mesothelioma Care: David J. Sugarbaker, MD

Remembering a Pioneer in Mesothelioma Care: David J. Sugarbaker, MD

In late August, David J. Sugarbaker, MD, a pioneer of mesothelioma treatment and research, a gifted surgeon, and an outstanding mentor, passed away from cancer at age 65. This was an unexpected shock for the entire mesothelioma community. I’ve had the privilege of working alongside Dr. Sugarbaker for over 20 years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) where he was the founding chief of the division of thoracic surgery, as well as the founder and director of the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP). Dr. Sugarbaker had a profound impact on the way we treat mesothelioma today, pushing the boundaries of surgery and multi-disciplinary care to prolong the life of his patients. He devoted his life to finding a cure for mesothelioma and had a tremendous influence on all of us here at the Brigham through training, collaboration, mentorship, and support.

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EPA’s Actions May Repeat History with New Asbestos Rule

EPA’s Actions May Repeat History with New Asbestos Rule | Mesothelioma.com

Since its inception in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been analyzing the societal and environmental impacts of asbestos. The agency has done its best to regulate the toxic mineral throughout the years, issuing a series of regulations and embarking on a failed attempt in the late 1980s to ban asbestos use in the United States. Nearly thirty years after the EPA’s failed asbestos phase out, the agency is taking another look at the mineral to determine the best possible course of action.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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