Now Available: Watch the Philadelphia Regional Mesothelioma Conference Online

Philadelphia ConferenceThe content from the Meso Foundation’s regional conference, presented as a collaboration between the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center, held in Philadelphia on September 26, 2014, is now available for viewing online on the Abramson Cancer Center website.

The conference featured area experts in the field of mesothelioma.

All sessions are now available online at OncoLink.org/Conference/Mesothelioma.

The conference was co-chaired by Mary Hesdorffer, CRNP, of the Meso Foundation, and Joseph Friedberg, MD, and Daniel Sterman, MD, of the Penn’s Mesothelioma and Pleural Program.

Among topics of discussion were clinical trial participation, latest advances in peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma, palliative care, early detection, genetics, coping with mesothelioma, and survivorship.

Speakers included:
Mary Hesdorffer, CRNP, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Joseph Friedberg, MD, Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center
Chi Dang, MD, PhD, Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center
Richard Alexander, MD, University of Maryland
Lee Krug, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Andreas Rimner, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Daniel Sterman, MD, Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center
Suzanne Walker, CRNP, MSN, AOCN, BC, Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center
Anil Vachani, MD, Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center
Joseph Testa, PhD, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Eleanor Anderson, MD, Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center

The Meso Foundation is hosting a second regional mesothelioma conference with The University of Chicago Medicine on October 10 in Chicago. To learn more about this conference, visit curemeso.org/chicago.

Media Coverage Raises Mesothelioma Awareness

Mary HesdorfferOn Friday, September 26, the Meso Foundation and the mesothelioma community recognized Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

Among the many efforts to raise awareness on Friday, some took to the media to have their message broadcast to a wide audience.

We are listing here just two of those (if you obtained media coverage, please let us know so we can include it in our comprehensive list – email mbelamaric@curemeso.org)

As part of a Meso Awareness Day media tour, Mary Hesdorffer, the nurse practitioner and executive director of the Meso Foundation, served as an expert interviewee on nearly twenty television and radio stations. Mary spoke about mesothelioma and explained the role of clinical trials as part of a patient’s treatment. Below, we include one of the interviews that took place live on Friday morning.

 

Mesothelioma community members Yvonne Hall and Donna Bruszewski also took to the media, as they interviewed with WTVQ in Kentucky. Yvonne’s son lost his battle with mesothelioma at the age of 39. Donna lost her husband to the disease when he was 68-years-old. The pair used the media interview to tell people about mesothelioma, the risks involved, and what need to be done to stop it in the future. View the interview below.

Meso Foundation volunteers also gathered on Friday morning at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City to raise national awareness at the Today Show. View the video clip below of Al Roker speaking with Erica Iacono, a member of the Meso Foundation’s Board of Directors.

To learn more about mesothelioma and see how you can get involved, visit curemeso.org/answers.

Today is Mesothelioma Awareness Day!

Meso Awareness DayToday, September 26, 2014, is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The Meso Foundation and its volunteers are hard at work raising awareness for this cancer, and we want to fill you in on all of the events: This morning, Meso Foundation volunteers appeared on the Today Show; Mary Hesdorffer, NP, the executive director of the Meso Foundation, was part of an educational media tour; the Meso Foundation and Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center are hosting a regional mesothelioma conference in Philadelphia; and the Foundation has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness.

There is still time for you to get involved in today’s events. Below, find the Meso Foundation’s Facebook post that can be shared with your friends and family to raise mesothelioma awareness. You can also visit curemeso.org/answers to learn more about mesothelioma and see what you can do to help.

ROCKEFELLER PLAZA

This morning, Meso Foundation volunteers gathered at Rockefeller Plaza to raise national mesothelioma awareness on the Today Show. Below, view photos from the event and a video of Erica Iacono, a member of the Meso Foundation’s Board of Directors, speaking with the Today Show’s Al Roker.

Meso Foundation Volunteers on Rockefeller Plaza Meso Foundation Volunteers on Rockefeller Plaza

MEDIA EDUCATION PROGRAM

In other major news from this morning, the Meso Foundation’s Executive Director, Mary Hesdorffer, NP, took part in a media education program to raise mesothelioma awareness by participating in interviews with multiple television and radio stations across the country.

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PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE

In Philadelphia, Focus on Mesothelioma is currently taking place. This regional conference presented by the Meso Foundation and Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center is a way of bringing together area experts in the field of mesothelioma. The conference is open to the public, and topics of discussion include clinical trial participation, latest advances in peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma, palliative care, early detection, genetics, coping with mesothelioma, and survivorship. The Meso Foundation will be providing conference updates throughout the day via social media.

Philadelphia Conference


SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

The mesothelioma community is also raising awareness through Facebook. The Meso Foundation created a graphic that outlines facts about mesothelioma and asbestos that was posted on Facebook yesterday. The Foundation’s followers have been tasked with sharing the graphic with their friends and family to get the word out about this cancer. View the post below and share it with your own Facebook network to raise mesothelioma awareness.


GET INVOLVED

Perhaps the quickest and simplest way to support the Meso Foundation’s mission is to make a donation. Given the long latency of mesothelioma, for thousands of Americans, the damage has already been done — the asbestos has been inhaled. Now it is our responsibility to invest in prevention research, and to make sure that if they develop mesothelioma, life-saving treatments and a cure are waiting for them. The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. If you still need convincing, click here for more reasons why you should give.

Another easy way to get involved is to get informed and share this information with others. Visit curemeso.org/answers for facts about mesothelioma and asbestos, and to view more ways you can help.

Author of ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ Speaks Up About Deadly Cancer

Author Lionel Shriver pledges her support for Mesothelioma Awareness Day.The Meso Foundation recently released a video of award-winning author, Lionel Shriver, in which Ms. Shriver urges viewers to observe September 26th as Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The video can be watched on the Meso Foundation’s YouTube channel, or through the player below.

“Several years ago, one of my closest friends was diagnosed with mesothelioma,” says Ms. Shriver in the video. “Her experience of living with the disease, and ultimately dying from it, moved me to write my tenth novel, ‘So Much for That.’”

“So Much for That” is a fictional novel that tackles the complicated topic of healthcare in the United States through the experience of a mesothelioma patient and her family.

In the video, viewers are urged to visit the Meso Foundation’s website at curemeso.org to learn more about Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

Ms. Shriver is best known as the author of the award-winning novel “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” and “Big Brother.”

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is a grassroots movement established in 2004 by volunteers of the Meso Foundation with the goal of bringing more attention and funding to this historically-neglected cancer.

“On behalf of the mesothelioma community, I am infinitely grateful to Ms. Shriver for her help in raising awareness,” said Mary Hesdorffer, the nurse practitioner and executive director of the Meso Foundation.

“More awareness of this disease and the consequent increased funding for research, education, support, and advocacy is exactly what is needed to help us save lives,” added Ms. Hesdorffer.

View Lione Shriver’s video below, and learn more about Mesothelioma Awareness Day at curemeso.org/awarenessday.

September Events: Regional Conference on Mesothelioma in Philadelphia

The Meso Foundation and Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center will hold a mesothelioma conference on September 26.A mesothelioma conference presented by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center, will be held in Philadelphia on September 26, 2014. The conference will bring together area experts in the field of mesothelioma. September 26 marks the National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

The conference is open to the public, and specifically aimed at mesothelioma patients, family members, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and those who have been exposed to asbestos.

The conference will take place on Friday, September 26, 2014 at The HUB, Cira Centre at the Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center, located at 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. To register for the conference, visit OncoLink.org/Conference/Mesothelioma or call 800.789.PENN (7366) and press 2.

The conference is co-chaired by Mary Hesdorffer, CRNP, of the Meso Foundation, Joseph Friedberg, MD, of the Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center, and Daniel Sterman, MD, of the Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center. Among topics of discussion at the conference will be clinical trial participation, latest advances in peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma, palliative care, early detection, genetics, coping with mesothelioma, and survivorship.

Speakers include:
Mary Hesdorffer, CRNP, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Joseph Friedberg, MD, Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center
Chi Dang, MD, PhD, Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center
Julie Brahmer, MD, Johns Hopkins University
Richard Alexander, MD, University of Maryland
Lee Krug, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Andreas Rimner, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Daniel Sterman, MD, Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center
Suzanne Walker, CRNP, MSN, AOCN, BC, Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center
Anil Vachani, MD, Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center
Joseph Testa, PhD, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Eleanor Anderson, MD, Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center

For more information, visit curemeso.org.