Month: January 2018

Mesothelioma Survivor Driven by Family, Active Lifestyle

Attending a dinner party with friends became the motivation Darlene Micciche needed while recovering from cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). “We live in a development where we’re friends with a lot of other couples here,” Micciche, a peritoneal mesothelioma survivor from Rochester, New York, told “And there’s […]

Benefits of Sharing Your Mesothelioma Story

For thousands of years, humans have shared stories through speaking, pictures and writing. Listening to and sharing stories is how we educate and entertain our children, bond with friends, grieve our losses and celebrate our joy. Sharing stories is how we make sense of the world around us and process […]

Tracy Meek Remembers Her Father’s Battle with Pleural Mesothelioma

The United Kingdom is among the dozens of countries that have fully banned asbestos. Though the nation enacted the ban in 1999, mesothelioma and…

Canadian Mesothelioma Survivor: ‘Advocate for Yourself’

Peritoneal mesothelioma survivor Jayda K. didn’t take her increasing pain lying down. The Ottawa, Ontario, resident fought hard to get doctors to recognize her mysterious pain. Without her fighting spirit and determination to advocate for her health, she might not be here today. “If I had given up when they […]

Asbestos Litigation: A Short Guide

Asbestos has a long, complicated history around the world. The mineral has been in use for hundreds of years because of its notable properties. Its fire and chemical resistance led to a booming asbestos industry, one that is still worth millions of dollars each year in certain parts of the […]

Asbestos Exposure Summaries for VA Disability and DIC Claims

One of the key elements of a successful VA Disability Compensation claim or Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) claim for an asbestos-related illness is the asbestos exposure summary. After a veteran is diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and a doctor or other medical professional has provided a nexus letter, the […]

New Asbestos-Detecting Microscope Could Improve Abatement Process

New Asbestos-Detecting Asbestos abatement procedures have been the same for many years in most of the world. Even countries like Australia that have bans in place still face the threat of the toxin because of the costs of abatement, the magnitude of older buildings and homes built with the toxin, […]

What to do After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

After receiving any diagnosis, it’s understandable to go into overdrive. Some people want to know everything they can about the disease and their prognosis,…

Mesothelioma Treatment: Battle, Journey or Dance?

A mesothelioma diagnosis brings with it intense emotions and difficult clinical jargon. While it’s vital for patients and doctors to discuss treatment strategies in the clearest terms possible, it’s only natural for cancer survivors to draw on more poetic language when reaching out for emotional support. “Cancer patients use metaphors […]

Does Cancer Treatment Alter Your Sense of Taste?

For many families, a loved one’s cancer becomes more real when physical symptoms appear. Patients may lose their appetites and rarely feel hungry. Others struggle with oral lesions that make eating painful and undesirable. Collectively, these eating problems lead to weight loss. It is essential for patients and caregivers to […]

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