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Our writers provide unique, surprising and engaging content for our visitors about the cancer survivors, doctors and treatments that shape the lives of those living with mesothelioma.

Importance, Obstacles & Stories of Mesothelioma Clinical Trials

Richard M. faced a grim outlook on life when doctors diagnosed him with mesothelioma in 2012. He had one year to live. After undergoing an aggressive surgery, the Tennessee native turned to a targeted therapy clinical trial — and it worked. Now, he and his wife continue making the 100-mile trek to the ongoing clinical trial at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville. The 60-year-old praises that clinical trial for extending his life expectancy beyond his initial prognosis.

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Meet the Authors Behind Our Stories

The writers at Asbestos.com bring a mix of experience to the issues, topics and experts they interview, as well as a deep understanding and compassion for you and your loved ones affected by this cancer.

  • Joey Rosenberg

    Joey Rosenberg


    Joey Rosenberg is a researcher and content writer for The Mesothelioma Center. He is an alumnus of the University of Central Florida with a background in technical writing. Joey joined The Mesothelioma Center in 2011 to raise awareness and understanding of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. If you have a story idea for Joey, please email him at jrosenberg@asbestos.com.

  • Tim Povtak

    Tim Povtak

    Senior Content Writer

    Tim Povtak is an award-winning writer with more than 30 years of reporting national and international news. His most recent experience is in researching and writing about asbestos litigation issues and asbestos-related conditions like mesothelioma. If you have a story idea for Tim, please email him at tpovtak@asbestos.com.

  • Michelle Whitmer

    Michelle Whitmer


    Joining the team in February 2008 as a writer and editor, Michelle Whitmer has translated medical jargon into patient-friendly information at Asbestos.com for more than eight years. Michelle is a registered yoga teacher, a member of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, and was quoted by The New York Times on the risks of asbestos exposure. If you have a story idea for Michelle, please email her at michelle@asbestos.com.

  • Cara Tompot

    Cara Tompot

    Social Media Specialist

    Cara joined The Mesothelioma Center as Social Media Specialist in July 2015 to continue her mission of making a difference in world. Every day, Cara speaks with survivors, caregivers and their loved ones in the online mesothelioma community to answer questions and offer emotional support. If you have a story idea for Cara or you'd like to learn more about social media, please email her at ctompot@asbestos.com.

How Asbestos Kills America’s Veterans

The U.S. government never warned servicemen who fought for America about the deadly long-term effects of asbestos exposure in the military. Now, a broken VA health care system fails them a second time by abandoning veterans dying of mesothelioma.

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Asbestos Cover-Up

Court documents provide irrefutable proof the asbestos industry leveraged its power and influence to keep workers and the public in the dark about the hazards of asbestos. Workers were not warned about the carcinogen, and their families paid for the industry's negligence. Dozens of companies are implicated in the decades-long cover-up.

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