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Pain

Pain

Residual pain from the EPP has been part of Lannie’s world since the EPP surgery. Pain control has been one of our most difficult challenges as we live with Meso. I do my best to remain understanding, sensitive and kind when Lannie’s pain raises its ugly head. For example, prior to his hospital discharge following…

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Use of Medication Before Chemotherapy Prevents Serious Skin Rash

Use of Medication Before Chemotherapy Prevents Serious Skin Rash

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that afflicts people who have been exposed to asbestos. The condition is devastating, as the diagnosis often comes as a surprise decades after the exposure takes place, and the period of time between diagnosis of the disease and a patient’s death is generally less than two…

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Italian Study Reveals Mesothelioma Clusters Near Asbestos Plants

Italian Study Reveals Mesothelioma Clusters Near Asbestos Plants

The idea of geographic areas where cancer clusters are discovered is not news to citizens of the United States. A cancer cluster is an area where there are a higher number of diagnosed cancer cases over a specific period of time than would normally be the case. They have been shown to have occurred among…

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Concentrating Pleural Fluid Yields More Specific, More Accurate Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Concentrating Pleural Fluid Yields More Specific, More Accurate Mesothelioma Diagnosis

A study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention details a significant finding from Turkish researchers, who have found that by concentrating samples of pleural effusion drawn from lung cancer patients and mesothelioma patients, they are able to more specifically and more accurately identify not only the existence of cancer, but also the…

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Liquid Biopsy Offers Promise For Earlier, Less Invasive Cancer Detection

Liquid Biopsy Offers Promise For Earlier, Less Invasive Cancer Detection

A recent technological breakthrough may lead to the elimination of the need for cancer patients to undergo invasive and painful biopsies. The discovery is a method of using a blood sample in order to detect whether cancer DNA is present in the body. Called a liquid biopsy, it not only would mean that patients would…

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Melanoma Drug Proves Effective In Treatment of Pleural Mesothelioma

Melanoma Drug Proves Effective In Treatment of Pleural Mesothelioma

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania made an exciting announcement at Sunday’s 2015 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting, which was held in Philadelphia. The group revealed that a study of the PD-1 inhibitor pembrolizumab, an immunotherapy drug that was recently approved for the treatment of melanoma, has…

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Cancer Comradery

Cancer Comradery

Early this week I made a special trip to the other side of our main campus building to visit my friend and co-worker whose husband was recently diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. I visited for several reasons. I sincerely wanted to check on his – and her – health and coping stamina. I wanted to…

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Report Warns of Coming Increase in Asbestos Disease in Asia

Report Warns of Coming Increase in Asbestos Disease in Asia

Efforts to eradicate asbestos-related disease continue throughout Europe, Australia and the United States, but in other areas of the world, asbestos use continues to rise. Health experts are now warning that there will be a dramatic increase in the number of cases of mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other diseases in those countries over the next few…

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Funny Thing Happened on the Way To…

Funny Thing Happened on the Way To…

Are there light moments in the cancer journey that make us laugh…and laugh? You bet there is! I want to share some of the very humorous moments that have happened along the way of this incredible journey with Meso. I firmly believe that God sent these wonderful moments to us to help us cope with…

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New York Trial Court Sides With Ford – Sets Aside $11 Million Asbestos Verdict

New York Trial Court Sides With Ford – Sets Aside $11 Million Asbestos Verdict

Arthur Juni worked as a mechanic for nearly fifty years for Orange & Rockland Utilities. He began his employment as a 3rd Class automobile repairman, eventually moving up to become a 1st Class mechanic, and over the years he was exposed to asbestos, first as a bystander as other mechanics worked on vehicle brakes and…

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