Sadly, veterans are 4x more likely to get mesothelioma than are civilians, as a result of in-service asbestos exposure. Get the facts about asbestos exposure in the military.
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Immunotherapy is one of the most exciting new developments in mesothelioma treatment today. Learn about the various approaches to immunotherapy and how they each work.
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Mesothelioma caregivers take on a vital role in the patient’s journey, often with little preparation for the road ahead. Our guide is designed to educate and support you.
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Side effects that can come with mesothelioma treatments can be challenging. Learn how healthy food choices and exercise can help in the battle against nausea, fatigue, and more.
A mesothelioma diagnosis often impacts your emotions, as well as family and social relationships. Learn how to be more at peace with yourself and others in your daily living.
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Mesothelioma metastasis occurs when the cancer forms new tumors in other parts of your body. It often means there has been a serious progression of the disease. A new clinical trial, A Safety and Tolerability Study of INCAGN02385 in Select Advanced Malignancies, will study whether a new immunotherapy drug can slow or reverse…
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It’s important to pay attention to your mesothelioma pain. Acute mesothelioma pain can be debilitating. Chronic pain, even if it is not severe, is exhausting. Mesothelioma pain can keep you from activities, such as exercise, which help your body heal from surgery or chemotherapy. Depression can go hand in hand with mesothelioma pain,…
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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) will soon begin to recruit patients for a study of treatment with olaparib for mesothelioma. The two-year Phase II clinical trial (identifier NCT03531840) will examine whether a drug that is approved for treatment of advanced ovarian cancer and breast cancer can also prevent tumor progression in mesothelioma patients….
MESOTHELIOMA FAMILY STORIES
Mesothelioma Families: the Strouses
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer. Only about 3,000 people are diagnosed with this disease in the US each year. But many more people are affected by mesothelioma. These mesothelioma families include wives, husbands, children, grandchildren, siblings, and friends of the mesothelioma patient. This serious form of cancer is a blow against…
Mesothelioma Families: The Hellams
Mesothelioma families are under enormous pressure. The medical, emotional, physical, and financial strain of this deadly cancer is crushing. But mesothelioma families bond together to face up to these challenges. They know that bonding together gives them the strength to fight this asbestos-caused disease. When Jim Hellam joined the ranks of mesothelioma families,…
Mesothelioma Families: The Stillmans
No one could say that Bud Stillman’s life was boring. His military service encompassed two wars and his pursuit of the woman he loved is a romantic story that spans continents. He even wrote a memoir about his adventurous life. But when Bud was diagnosed with mesothelioma in July of 2010, he and…
Mesothelioma Families: The Vests
Most people are in their 60s or older when they get the bad news of a mesothelioma diagnosis. Timothy Vest and his wife were shocked to learn that they would be joining the ranks of mesothelioma families when he was just 44 years old. He had three small children and a promising career…
Mavis Nye One of Few People in the World in Recovery from Mesothelioma
A mesothelioma diagnosis is often thought to be a death sentence. While the mortality rate from mesothelioma is still depressingly high, a few long-term survivors give hope that better treatments and maybe even a cure for mesothelioma are around the corner. Mavis Nye is one of these rare survivors. Mavis Nye was diagnosed…
Mesothelioma Families: Growing Up with Asbestos
For some mesothelioma families, the danger of asbestos exposure is inter-generational. Parents bring home asbestos dust on their work clothing and transmit it to children. Children in these mesothelioma families sometimes grow up and go to work in the same facilities as their parents, adding to their asbestos exposure. It’s no accident when,…
The Clemmons Family
Randy and Debbie Clemmons and their sons Brady and Garrett lived just across the bay from San Francisco. They had been married 24 years when Randy was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He had just turned 51. Randy was the morning drive host at a Christian radio station, a dream job he pursued as his…
The Bankhead Family
There’s a bright dividing line between the day before you or a loved one gets a mesothelioma diagnosis and the day after. One day, you’re just one among a million other ordinary families, going about your daily routine. The next, you’ve joined the ranks of mesothelioma families. For those who have made the…
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At the 14th Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) in Ottawa, Canada, this May, mesothelioma research was presented in a number of plenary sessions and dozens of mini-symposiums. The topics of the sessions ranged from mesothelioma immunotherapy and surgery to imaging and biomarkers. Many advances in the study and diagnosis of…
Starting on May 2, 2018, a remarkable group of people will gather in Ottawa, Canada: the International Mesothelioma Interest Group. The group is made up of medical researchers, oncologist, doctors, and advocates bound together by their interest in advancing knowledge about mesothelioma tumors and mesothelioma treatment. Steven Kazan, Founding, Senior and Managing Partner…
Mesothelioma immunotherapy treatments are producing good results for some mesothelioma patients and offering hope for many more. Research into new and better mesothelioma immunotherapy protocols is ongoing; there are a large number of clinical trials underway, with the promise of new treatments for mesothelioma patients. Several recent studies have focused attention on a…