Where is the Joy?

by Marcia Schekel
After 8 weeks of painful side effects from treatment, I looked at the CT with my oncologist to see the tumors growing and new ones coming in. I have felt crummy and have limited my activities and my spontaneous availability to friends. My husband is a great gardener — and I grow tumors. […]

Learning to be Healthy with Cancer

by Marcia Schekel
A diagnosis … mesothelioma … a punch to the gut … frozen with fear.
Mine was April 2014: surgical biopsy, pleural mesothelioma (epithelioid), inoperable, stage 4.
What is this strange disease? I ‘google’ meso, lawyers call. Arghhh. Somehow I contact the Meso Foundation, Mary calls. I know I am connected with others with meso. I […]

The Role of Data in Precision Medicine and the Cancer Moonshot Initiative

On April 26, we had the opportunity to attend Bloomberg Government’s conference on Building the Big Data Economy: Personalized care and cancer treatment in the age of big data. The conference centered around two main topics: the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) and the Cancer Moonshot Initiative (CMI).
The event kicked off with a conversation about precision […]

Pharmaceutical Company Completes Enrollment for Phase 1B Trial for Mesothelioma

If you attended our International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma in March of this year, you may recall the buzz of excitement that coursed throughout the scientific sessions. This buzz sparked excitement throughout the entire mesothelioma community, as we discussed advances in science, the needs of those affected by this disease, and the work being done […]