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Mesothelioma Help is proud to help a future physician’s assistant in Minnesota achieve her education goal by awarding her $500 as part of the annual Jan Egerton & Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship contest. Sheri Sanford, a student at Normandale Community College, was awarded the fourth-place prize in the cancer organization’s national essay contest this year. In her essay, Sheri shared her inspiration for switching gears in her career ─ going from dreams of becoming a lawyer to pursuing a master’s degree as a physician’s assistant with a focus in oncology. In 2016, Sheri’s uncle was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, a […]

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MesotheliomaHelp.org is proud to award a mechanical engineering student from Northland Pioneer College in Arizona with the $750 third-place prize as part of the annual Jan Egerton & Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship contest. Devin Marsh, a 22-year-old college junior, was one of four students from across the country to earn a scholarship in this year’s essay contest. In his essay, The World in Relationship to Asbestos, Devin describes both his personal connection to asbestos disease and his goal of developing alternative materials to eradicate the use of asbestos around the world. In high school, Devin watched his respected automotive teacher […]

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MesotheliomaHelp.org is proud to award a nursing student from Albany State University in Georgia with the $1,250 second-place prize as part of the organization’s annual Jan Egerton & Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship contest. Kelley Ann McGill, of Atlanta, was one of four students from across the nation to earn a scholarship in this year’s essay contest. In her essay, Kelley shared the story of her grandfather, a former electrical engineer who had always prided himself on working hard to stay healthy. Unfortunately, her grandfather’s work environment was not always a healthy one, and over the course of his career, he […]

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Mesothelioma Help Cancer Organization is proud to award Wyoming hospice nurse Sally Whelan with the first-place prize in the cancer organization’s annual Jan Egerton & Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship contest. Sally was awarded $2,500 to pay for tuition as she pursues her goal of becoming a paramedic and continuing to help people in need. In her prize-winning essay, “My Father, A Hero,” Sally shared the story of her father, a World War II veteran and a captain in the Merchant Marines, who died from pleural mesothelioma when she was 17. A strong and brave man, her father struggled to keep […]

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As one of the top resources for mesothelioma patients across the United States, MesotheliomaHelp.org is proud to support ambitious college students in their efforts to raise awareness of this asbestos mesothelioma cancer. Recently, the cancer organization awarded four scholarships worth a total of $5,000 to bright young people who shared their stories as part of the organization’s annual essay contest. The Jan Egerton & Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarships are awarded each year to deserving students in colleges and universities across the United States. The scholarship contest is named after two much-admired mesothelioma warriors who put up a brave fight against […]

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Recent breakthroughs in treating mesothelioma patients with immunotherapy drugs have brought the novel treatment into the spotlight. Still, only a small percentage of patients respond leaving researchers scrambling to understand why. Researchers now believe it is a tumor’s defense mechanism that evades immunotherapy, pointing to a new concept for developing improved immunotherapy drugs. Immunotherapy works by boosting the patient’s own immune system to fight and destroy cancer cells.  But researchers from Babraham Institute in Cambridge, UK, report that tumors have two levels of protection that allows the cancers to thrive despite the attacks from the immune system, according to a […]

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It has been over two years since MesotheliomaHelp reported on the start of a clinical trial that used a combination of immunotherapy drugs to treat lung cancer. The trial was designed to determine whether the two drugs would work better than one in the treatment of cancer patients. Now, researchers say early results of the trial show the pair of drugs are “surprisingly effective” at controlling the progression of lung cancer. Immunologist John Wrangle, M.D. and his colleague Mark Rubinstein, Ph.D., both from the Hollins Cancer Center at The Medical College of South Carolina (MUSC), are so excited with the […]

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In March 2017, MesotheliomaHelp reported on the NCI-Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice (NCI-MATCH) clinical trial that was opened to thousands of cancer patients for treatments based on the genetic makeup of their tumors. Last week, researchers presented early results of the “largest precision medicine trial of its kind” that point to increased interest in personalized treatment for all cancer patients, including mesothelioma patients. One target for the trial is for at least 25 percent of the total patients enrolled to have rare or uncommon cancers, and, according to the NCI-Match website, the trial has exceeded this goal with about 60% […]

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The way that malignant mesothelioma will be some day be cured is through research. And, the way to get that cure to patients starts with clinical trials. Progress takes time, but participation in clinical trials by people who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma is essential. Clinical trials are where new therapies and new medications are scientifically tested for use. Enrollment in clinical trials is encouraged for everyone. If you personally do not benefit from the clinical trial, someone you love, or a neighbor, or a friend could benefit in the future.  Currently, less than five percent of patients with […]

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MesotheliomaHelp has reported countless times on the benefits of using a personalized treatment approach for mesothelioma patients. When the unique genetic makeup of a patient’s cancer is used to drive the therapy, survival and quality of life improve. Now, researchers report in a clinical trial that used tumor markers to determine the appropriate treatment for patients, regardless of cancer type, the treatment “slowed cancer growth and doubled survival.” The IMPACT trial, touted as “the first and largest precision medicine trial to look at survival,” conducted by researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, enrolled 3,743 patients from […]

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