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Malignant mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the lung and abdomen linings caused by exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is more than a diagnosis—it’s a national crisis affecting thousands of innocent families. You are not alone in your fight against mesothelioma. Our support networks and resources are here to help you understand this disease and take control of your health care options.
The most common form of the disease, pleural mesothelioma occurs in the lung’s protective lining—the pleura—years after the inhalation of dangerous asbestos fibers. Pleural mesothelioma has a poor prognosis, but treatment plans can help improve and extend your life.
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Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the lining of the abdomen—the peritoneum—after having ingested asbestos fibers. With the best prognosis of all three mesothelioma types, peritoneal mesothelioma patients can undergo potentially life-extending surgeries and treatments.
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Pericardial mesothelioma forms in the lining around the heart—the pericardium. With only 150 known cases, it is the rarest form of the disease. Pericardial mesothelioma is difficult to treat, and doctors continue to learn more about this complex cancer.
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Mesothelioma can only be diagnosed by an experienced oncologist who specializes in your exact disease location, type and stage. The process for diagnosing mesothelioma is complex and many are misdiagnosed.
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Treatment options for mesothelioma have changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Thanks to the breakthroughs of specialists such as the late Dr. David Sugarbaker and Dr. Robert Cameron, patients are living longer despite the odds.
Using high-energy rays, doctors can target and shrink mesothelioma tumors. Radiation therapy is a standard mesothelioma treatment.
How Radiation Treatments Work
During chemotherapy, anti-cancer drugs circulate through the body to slow the cancer's progression. Chemotherapy is an important treatment against mesothelioma.
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By removing mesothelioma tumors, surgeons can help patients live longer and with a higher quality of life. Different surgeries are available for each type of mesothelioma.
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There’s a difference between a general oncologist and a mesothelioma specialist. Because it is rare and often misdiagnosed, mesothelioma requires the hands of a top specialist to determine the best treatment strategy. Mesothelioma treatment specialists are often located at top cancer centers.
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A prognosis is the most likely course the disease will take. A prognosis helps doctors and patients set reasonable goals they can target together. Mesothelioma is a serious disease, often becoming apparent when it is too late. The best actions you can take are to find a specialist and make a plan. Some have survived this deadly disease through surgical procedures. It is the stories of these heroes who help us see hope in the face of a grim diagnosis.
Mesothelioma survivors beat the odds and sent the disease into long-term remission. Their stories are inspirational and play a key role in the fight against mesothelioma. Learn more about these incredible mesothelioma survivors and what they did to overcome such devastating obstacles.
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Research shows that having a cancer support network greatly contributes to a patient’s willingness to survive. Because it’s such a significant part of a diagnosis, numerous support resources and options exist to help you and your family feel connected to others who have been in your shoes.
Sadly, mesothelioma patients are victims of negligence by asbestos companies. Legal support options are available to those who wish to take action. Compassionate and dedicated mesothelioma law teams will work with you and your loved ones to understand your history with asbestos and build a case on your behalf.
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A mesothelioma diagnosis is not just emotionally devastating but financially destructive as well. Diagnosis and treatment costs are expensive and insurance plans often don’t cover all the costs. Financial aid is available, and it can offer peace of mind to struggling families.
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At a recent International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, three doctors representing some of the biggest organizations behind mesothelioma treatment discussed what patients should look for to determine a truly outstanding mesothelioma treatment center. The quality of the center you choose for your care may determine your treatment options, your prognosis, and overall, your quality of
On April 18, 2019, Harpoon Therapeutics, Inc. announced the dosing of their first patient with HPN536. HPN536 is a type of lab-created protein that causes T cells — special cells in the immune system — to target and attack mesothelioma and other cancer cells. Part 2 of the clinical trial will involve volunteers with mesothelioma.
September 26, 2019 marks the 16th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Since 2004, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) has spearheaded Mesothelioma Awareness Day to drive more attention and funding toward mesothelioma treatment research. For over a decade and a half, the thousands of participants in Mesothelioma Awareness Day have helped more and more families