October 2008

Should a Patient Pay Cash for an Unapproved Treatment

These are desperate times and I often get asked the question “should I pay for a treatment that my insurance company is denying”?  This often becomes an option after a patient has received standard therapy and possibly one or more clinical trials.  Often a physician has a hunch that a particular drug might have activity in mesothelioma, […]

Campaign Season

Some of you may have received the most recent Action Alert informing you of what you can do during the end of this Congressional Session while the House of Representatives is on recess to campaign for re-election.  The Meso Foundation is urging everyone to contact their Representative to talk to them about the issues, namely […]

The Power of Community

Reading the recent postings, I was struck anew by the sheer power of a force that has never stopped astonishing me since the day of my diagnosis, over 6 years ago. I’m referring to the power of community, and nowhere is everything that term implies more amply demonstrated than here.
I’ve frequently mentioned how, as a nurse, […]

Peer to Peer Support

Peer to Peer Support is a way for mesothelioma patients and care givers to provide mutual support to each other in a mutually beneficial relationship.
Introduce yourself and let them know that you are calling as a volunteer of the Foundation.  You are representing the Foundation you have all the support of the Foundation.  The staff will be willing […]