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Author Profile: Mary Mack

About Mary Mack

Who I am: I’m a wife, stepmom, and pop culture enthusiast. I love bad music, good TV, dancing, history, and building my family tree on

What I do: I’m a regular paid contributing writer for Mesothelioma Help Now.

What motivates me: Everyone has their own unique story and journey when it comes to mesothelioma, but I’m a firm believer in community and building a strong support system. No one should have to fight mesothelioma alone, and I’m motivated to write content that creates conversations and gives patients and their loved ones a little more hope.

94% of Terminal Cancer Patients in Remission After This Revolutionary Treatment

With great successes and disappointing failures, the field of cancer research is not for the faint of heart. Many scientists and physicians are typically quite conservative in showing emotion when a treatment seems promising because there are always so many “what if’s?” to consider. Prominent members of the cancer research community, however, had a tough …

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Supporters of the Fact Act Keep Trying to Justify Murder

Less than a month ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that could potentially make life even more difficult for victims of asbestos exposure. Yesterday — February 3, 2016 — the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss the bill and address concerns about transparency and privacy. The hearing was titled “The …

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Pennsylvania Asbestos Victims Targeted by New Legislation

Earlier in January 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that Mesothelioma Help Now, and others who support asbestos victims, has publicly denounced and voiced vehement opposition to. The bill is known as H.R. 1927, “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015,” but it contains text from an originally separate bill — …

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Was the Cure for Cancer Discovered More Than a Century Ago?

“Immunotherapy” is a big buzz word right now when it comes to cancer research and treatment. This promising form of therapy harnesses the power of our own immune systems to fight cancer. Many researchers and physicians feel that soon, immunotherapy will become the 4th pillar in effective cancer treatment, along with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. …

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Researchers Discover a Simple Way to Detect Cancer

Computerizing tomography (CT) scans are frequently used in the diagnosis of mesothelioma and other types of cancer. However, new research is showing that low-dose CT scans are proving effective in detecting early stage lung cancer — with very few false positives coming through. Could this be the early stage detection technique the mesothelioma community has …

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How to Make (and Keep) the Perfect New Year’s Resolution

The holidays are over, the ball dropped in Times Square, and whether we were ready for it or not, 2016 is officially here. However, as we return to “real life” and try to shake off that holiday hangover, there’s an underlying sense of hope that seems to come with every new year. We were all …

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Could Your Oncologist Really Be a Computer? Elementary, My Dear Watson

When prompted to name popular Jeopardy! champions, most people can quickly recall Ken Jennings, who won 74 consecutive games, or Brad Rutter, the show’s all-time money winner. We can’t let them forget Watson, however — the IBM computer that beat them all. Over the course of 3 episodes in 2011, Watson ultimately won $77,147, while …

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Here’s How Jimmy Carter Used Keytruda® to Kick Cancer’s Butt

When a 91-year-old reveals they have cancer, most people would consider that a death sentence. The older a person gets, the less likely they are to physically tolerate any type of aggressive treatment. In some cases, family members and close friends might also just accept such a sentence – after all, they’ve obviously lived a …

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Legislation Seeks to Create Roadblocks for Mesothelioma Victims

A bill introduced at the beginning of the year — H.R. 526, the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2015” — has been a dark cloud over the mesothelioma community and a subject of great debate in Congress. As both sides argue their cases, we feel that one thing is for certain: the FACT …

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Here Are 5 Reasons Why We Should Be Optimistic About the War on Cancer

Everyone you meet has likely been touched by cancer in some way. They may have lost family members, are supporting a friend currently fighting the disease, or they may have even received their own diagnosis. With 1,658,370 new cancer cases expected to be diagnosed in 2015, the odds just aren’t in anyone’s favor. However, for …

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