This is part of a blog series comprised of live posts from the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, held March 2-March 4, 2015 in Bethesda, MD. The event was organized by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, and co-hosted with the National Cancer Institute.


This symposium saved her life.

I have the incredible opportunity to attend the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma in Bethesda, MD. While my trip to get here was difficult (let’s just say it involved a diverted plane due to weather and a very early train ride), I know for the patients and their families, that’s an understatement. But as I look around those gathered, I know that hope is burning bright. I am astounded to hear 13-year survivors in the room. I am thrilled to hear about trial drugs that worked and gave someone a new life. I see the strength that this community has gained from each other.

One gentleman said that this symposium saved his wife’s life. I don’t doubt that.

Over the next few days, I hope to bring you updates from the symposium. Stories of survival, stories of inspiration, stories of hope. Be sure to keep checking back here for new posts, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook:

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