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Archive for July 2015

Bipartisan Group Proposes National Mesothelioma Registry

A bipartisan group of Congressmen, led by U.S. Representative John Katko of the Syracuse, New York area, has proposed legislation that would establish a national registry of mesothelioma victims with the hope that in doing so, scientists would be able to more effectively assess the prevalence of the disease within the population, as well as…

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Life on the Installment Plan

One of the caregivers on the Meso message board refers to the time between clear scans – the times of good news from clear scans – as “life on the installment plan” It is a somewhat humorous view of life for Meso warriors and their caretakers. We have to take humor wherever we can get…

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Canadian Mesothelioma Protocol Shows Promise in Seattle

In 2014, researchers from the Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto published a study entitled “A Feasibility Study Evaluating Surgery for Mesothelioma After Radiation Therapy “SMART” Approach for Resectable Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma”. They described a new approach to treating mesothelioma in which they reversed the standard treatment protocol of delivery of low doses of radiation…

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Australian Mesothelioma Risk From Mr. Fluffy Homes Quantified

Public health experts have long expressed concerns for the health of those Australians who have lived in the homes identified as having been insulated with “Mr. Fluffy,” an insulation product that was heavily contaminated with asbestos and installed in thousands of homes during the 1980s and more recently in homes in New South Wales Now…

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Australians Look To Spice As Mesothelioma Treatment

When it comes to medical science, many Americans tend to wear blinders regarding the contributions made by researchers in other countries. But mesothelioma research is ongoing around the world, and especially in the United Kingdom and Australia, which have the dubious distinction of leading the world in the incidence of having the disease. Australian researchers…

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The Phase 1 Clinical Trial Experience

Just one year ago, Lannie and I heard the news we always dread hearing: his CT scan showed the Meso was growing. No matter how thoroughly I try to prepare myself for that news, I never handle it well. The tears eventually flow – it is just a matter of how long I can hold…

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Separate Mesothelioma Studies Yield Same Encouraging Conclusion

For years, mesothelioma has been a diagnosis with a grim, certain, and short prognosis. Those who have received word that their symptoms are a result of pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma have been told that treatment options were few and that their expected survival rate was less than two years, and usually much shorter than that.…

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Clearing out…

After reflection, evaluating, assessing, and LOTS of prayer, in May I made the decision to retire. Lannie and I met with our financial planner, ironed out the details and I completed my intent to retire letter and turned it in to Human Resources.

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Researchers Discover Genes Make Some More Susceptible to Mesothelioma

Though it has long been known that mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, scientists have struggled to understand why only some people who have been exposed actually develop the rare disease. Now Italian researchers believe that they have found the answer. They have discovered that there is a strong association between specific genetic identities…

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