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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.

Major Verastem Mesothelioma Study Comes to an Abrupt Halt

Mesothelioma patients and families who were counting on an important clinical trial were dealt a tough blow this past week when it was announced that the study was coming to a sudden end. Boston-based Verastem Inc., a small biotech company established in 2010, stopped enrollment in the middle of its study of the drug VS-6063, …

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Possible to Live with 1 Lung? This Surgery Makes It Possible

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States. In fact, it causes more deaths than colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Lung cancer, however, can come in many different forms — and because of that, a combination of various treatment types may be necessary. One type of …

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MLB’s Home Run Hitter for Health

Every month, LUNGevity, the largest national lung cancer nonprofit organization in the U.S., names a “hero” who has helped champion their cause. The September LUNGevity Hero, Josh Rawitch, is part of the Major League Baseball (MLB) family and has done an outstanding job raising funds for lung cancer research. Rawitch is the public relations director …

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New Drug One Step Closer to Halting Malignant Mesothelioma

There is no known cure for mesothelioma, but doctors, scientists, and researchers have been working tirelessly to discover treatments that may eventually be able to eradicate this deadly cancer. In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an orphan drug designation to AstraZeneca for tremelimumab. Now, only a few months later, another company …

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Mesothelioma Heroes Foundation Hosts “I Know a Superhero” Event

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer, which means that the passionate community is small, and that there are not frequent mesothelioma-related events hosted around the country. Thankfully, one group — the Mesothelioma Heroes Foundation — has planned a very special event for this Saturday, August, 22, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. What You Need to …

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Reading, Writing, and Asbestos Exposure: Asbestos in Our Schools

Many parents of school-age children encounter a great deal of anxiety. They often wonder: “Is my child getting good grades?” “Is my child being bullied?” “What if someone brings a gun into my child’s school?” All of these common worries aside, a lot of parents are unlikely to be aware of a hazard that could …

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Save the Date for the Regional Conference on Malignant Mesothelioma

Back in March, we attended the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, run by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (also known as the Meso Foundation). As we sat in on seminars and met inspiring individuals, we shared our new knowledge and stories with you—but we’re sure many of you wish you could have been at the …

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Some VA Hospitals May Close Soon Due to Lack of Money

U.S. military veterans account for approximately 1/3 of mesothelioma cases diagnosed every year. Many of these men and women who served our country seek care through hospitals run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Now, VA officials have issued a warning that they may have to close some hospitals as soon as next month …

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