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Immunotherapy The Future of Mesothelioma Treatment?

Immunotherapy The Future of Mesothelioma Treatment?

Dr. David Sugarbaker was known as “Mr. Mesothelioma” for a reason: He dedicated his life to treating this rare cancer. Through his research and innovation, Sugarbaker gave hope to patients and families who once had none.

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Remembering Dr. David Sugarbaker

Dr. David Sugarbaker was known as “Mr. Mesothelioma” for a reason: He dedicated his life to treating this rare cancer. Through his research and innovation, Sugarbaker gave hope to patients and families who once had none.

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The Hidden Dangers of Talc

Talc companies have covered up the dangerous health effects of asbestos-contaminated talc and how it leads to cancers such as mesothelioma. Many of these companies, including Johnson & Johnson, are now facing numerous asbestos talcum powder lawsuits.

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The Sugarbaker Family Tree

For the last 30 years, the Sugarbaker name has been synonymous with advancing the treatment of malignant mesothelioma cancer, permanently etching it into past breakthroughs and future innovations.

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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.

Walter Pacheco, Managing Editor at Asbestos.com

Walter Pacheco

Managing Editor

With nearly 20 years of journalism experience, Walter has a history of making sure people are getting the information they need. As the editor of Asbestos.com, he ensures his team of writers provides patients and their loved ones with the latest and most accurate information on mesothelioma diagnosis, treatments, clinical trials and other facets of the disease.

Tim Povtak, Senior Content Writer at Asbestos.com

Tim Povtak

Senior Content Writer

Award-winning writer and journalist Tim Povtak brings more than three decades of experience to The Mesothelioma Center. He spends most of his time speaking with mesothelioma researchers, thoracic surgeons and mesothelioma patients in order to share their words and stories with everyone in the mesothelioma community.

Michelle Whitmer, Content Writer at Asbestos.com

Michelle Whitmer

Content Writer

Michelle has devoted much of her professional life to helping mesothelioma patients get the assistance they deserve. For nearly a decade, she has shared resources about nutrition, health and wellness. Michelle is a member of the American Holistic Medical Association and has been quoted in The New York Times and many more publications. Her dedication to accuracy and clarity has helped Asbestos.com become one of the most trusted internet resources for mesothelioma survivors and their families.

Cara Tompot, Social Media Specialist at Asbestos.com

Cara Tompot

Social Media Specialist

Cara is a childhood cancer survivor. She knows the fear of the unknown, and as the daughter of a long-term breast cancer survivor, she knows life as a caregiver. She speaks with mesothelioma survivors, caregivers and family members in the mesothelioma community. Her goal: Help people find the resources they need. Cara is a member of the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE leadership committee, and she has the Social for Healthcare Certificate from Mayo Clinic and Hootsuite. She also gives back as a repeat team captain for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and often contributes to HuffPost.

Matt Mauney, Content Writer at Asbestos.com

Matt Mauney

Content Writer/Editor

Dedicated to sharing cancer research and treatment options with mesothelioma patients, Matt spends much of his time diving into mesothelioma research articles to ensure people in the mesothelioma community know the latest medical advancements. While he hasn’t been directly affected by mesothelioma, cancer runs in his family. His commitment to cancer survivors drives his desire to help every patient get the resources they need.

Daniel King, Content Writer at Asbestos.com

Daniel King

Content Writer

As an investigative writer with a dual interest in mesothelioma research and environmental issues, Daniel aims to educate others about the dangers of asbestos exposure in order to protect them from the deadly carcinogen linked to mesothelioma before it is too late. Daniel also comes from a military family and went to high school on a military base. He feels a close connection to veterans, military families and the many hardships they face. On a daily basis, he advocates for a U.S. ban on asbestos.

Joey Rosenberg, Content Writer at Asbestos.com

Joey Rosenberg

Writer

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.

Walter Pacheco, Managing Editor at Asbestos.com
Tim Povtak, Senior Content Writer at Asbestos.com
Michelle Whitmer, Content Writer at Asbestos.com
Cara Tompot, Social Media Specialist at Asbestos.com
Matt Mauney, Content Writer at Asbestos.com
Daniel King, Content Writer at Asbestos.com
Joey Rosenberg, Content Writer at Asbestos.com
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Coping with the Loss of a Loved One to Mesothelioma

It’s never easy to lose someone you love. Losing a loved one to an aggressive cancer such as mesothelioma can be even more difficult, because a family member or close friend may be taken far too soon, bringing a sense of shock with feelings of grief, sadness and even depression.

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Asbestos in Makeup Illustration

Asbestos in Makeup

In 2017, asbestos was found in several children’s makeup products sold by retailers Claire’s and Justice. The products were recalled, but parents and consumers remain concerned because this isn’t the first time asbestos has been found in everyday products.

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Firefighters and Asbestos Exposure

Firefighters face uniquely extreme asbestos exposure risks, and as a result, they suffer an elevated rate of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma. Many organizations support firefighters with occupational cancer and work to prevent toxic exposure in the future.

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Women: The New Faces of Mesothelioma

Historically, mesothelioma is a cancer that mostly affects older men who were exposed to asbestos while serving in the military or working certain blue-collar jobs. But the gender gap is closing as mesothelioma incidence rates among women are on the rise. Women now comprise nearly one-fourth of all cases.

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Nurse Pushing a Patient in a Wheelchair by a Doctor

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.

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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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Justice for Victims

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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