Welcome to the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation

Founded in 2008, the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation is a largely volunteer-run registered charity, dedicated to raising awareness and understanding about mesothelioma in Canada. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure. The CMF supports mesothelioma patients and their families, as well as the development of a network of expertise in mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment and care across Canada. Learn more about us here.

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Mesothelioma: from today's challenges to tomorrow's cure

Conference: Mesothelioma: from today’s challenges to tomorrow’s cure
Date: November 26, 2019
Location: Auditorium, Lower Level, MaRS Discovery District, 101 College St., Toronto, ON

REGISTER NOW at: https://facmed.registration.med.utoronto.ca/portal/events/reg/participan...

Registration for our 1-day conference on mesothelioma is now open! We’ve organized a stellar line-up of Canadian and international experts, who will share their insights on the early detection and diagnosis of mesothelioma, the latest research on innovative treatments, the strengths and limitations of patient registries; and the CMF’s progress building a Mesothelioma Health Network as well as the broader efforts to develop a comprehensive Canadian response to asbestos and asbestos disease.

At the conclusion of the official conference program, there will be a networking reception with hors d’oeuvres and host bar, followed by the Canadian premiere of “Breathless” by Belgian filmmaker Daniel Lambo.

Following the deaths of his father and many others from his village, filmmaker Daniel Lambo sets off on a passionate quest to find the truth about the deadly asbestos industry.

We are privileged to be joined by Daniel Lambo and Eric Jonckheere, whose family’s story is featured in the film. They will introduce the film and engage with the audience in a Q&A following the screening.

Register now at: https://facmed.registration.med.utoronto.ca/portal/events/reg/participan...
General: $150. Includes conference, continental breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, buffet lunch, reception with appetizers and host bar, and Canadian film debut of “Breathless.”
Students, patients and their families and caregivers: $50.
Evening events only: $50.
Discounts available for groups of 5 or more. Register today!

More information on the conference, including the full program, is available on our conference home page: 2019 CMF Conference

CBC's Doc Project: What was in that dust?

2019 CMF Conference Program now available!

The full program, with speaker bios, for our upcoming conference Mesothelioma: from today's challenges to tomorrow's cure is now available!
Download the PDF version here or on our conference page.

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is September 26th

Be aware! The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation joins mesothelioma organizations around the world today to mark Mesothelioma Awareness day on this September 26th. Far too many have been exposed to asbestos and later developed this devastating cancer. And far too many continue to be exposed to asbestos. The CMF continues to raise awareness of the dangers of exposure to asbestos.

CMF is holding a conference on mesothelioma and evening reception with Canadian film debut of "Breathless" on November 26, 2019 at the MaRS District, 101 College St., Toronto. Watch for more details.

CMF awarded Upper Canada Medal

For Immediate Release: February 2, 2017

The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation receives Upper Canada Medal from Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation

The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation (CMF) is honoured to receive the Upper Canada Medal from Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TG&WHF) and the Toronto Mesothelioma Program at University Health Network (UHN).

The Upper Canada Medal, originally created by the Loyal and Patriotic Society of Upper Canada, recognized the service of volunteer soldiers in the War of 1812. Recognizing an even greater need, the Society decided in 1829 to reduce the medals to gold bullion to pay for building the original Toronto General Hospital. Today, TG&WHF honours special donors by awarding these medals in recognition of distinguished philanthropic support.
The award is being presented by Dr. Marc de Perrot, Head of the Toronto Mesothelioma Program, to Dr. Eudice Goldberg, Chair of the CMF and other members of the CMF Board in recognition of their ongoing generous support of the Program through annual grants.
“All of us in the Toronto Mesothelioma Program are grateful to the CMF for its generous support.” says Dr. de Perrot. “For nearly ten years, the CMF has been a committed partner in our educational mandate. By enabling us to train the next generation of leaders in mesothelioma care and research, the CMF is helping patients across Canada access effective treatment, while also inspiring discoveries that improve health outcomes for people living with mesothelioma.”
“The CMF is honoured to accept this award. We know how important it is to support the work of Dr. de Perrot and others in the Toronto Mesothelioma Program” says Dr. Goldberg. “They offer hope to those diagnosed with mesothelioma.”
Mesothelioma is a de vastating disease caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos-related diseases are the number one cause of death in the Canadian workplace, with more than 500 Canadians diagnosed annually with mesothelioma and, unfortunately, many of them succumbing to this terrible cancer. The cutting-edge UHN program does offer hope for people diagnosed with this disease. Clinical trials and the latest in treatments are making a difference! The CMF grants support the training of physicians; building their knowledge and expertise, and improving screening and treatment for mesothelioma.

The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation is a registered charity devoted to raising awareness and understanding of mesothelioma. In addition to these and other educational grants, it provides support to those diagnosed with the disease and their families. Please visit the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation website for more information: www.cmfonline.org.

For more info:

Sheila Kirouac, Executive Director
Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation
Dr. Eudice Goldberg, Chair
Board of Directors
Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation

Government announces ban on asbestos

The Government of Canada has finally announced a ban on asbestos by 2018. Follow the link to read the government press release.


An Open Letter To the Members of Parliament of Canada

An Open Letter To the Members of Parliament of Canada
Thank you for the opportunity to connect with you today.

My name is David Hill, I am 55 years, a husband and father of three, and I live in a small town in Alberta - but only for the next 2 to 5 years, according to my doctor.

I have a rare, terminal cancer called Mesothelioma that has only one cause, and that is contact with the mineral Asbestos.

The link between asbestos contact and fatal illness has been apparent since 200 AD when Roman overseers noticed that their slaves working in mineral mines were dying. The first documented death from contact with asbestos occurred in 1906. The medical community demonstrated a conclusive link between working in close proximity to asbestos and terminal organ cancers in 1924. In 1930, the disease was linked with abdominal and respiratory disease, and in 1941 that disease became known as mesothelioma. Since that time over countless people, including 100,000 Americans working in the ship building and maintenance industry alone have died far ahead of their time. In Canada, we seem not to have kept track of our own body count; our government accountants and policy wonks chose economic gain over human life and continued to refute the cancer danger well into the 1950’s.

The only time I have been in contact with asbestos in my life was during my service with the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve when I was a university student. You don’t need to be a miner or an industrial worker to get this disease; all you need is a single, microscopic encounter to fatally poison you. I was a navigating officer trainee posted to naval ships that were constructed between 1944 and 1952. They were packed with asbestos, the wonder material Canada was promoting in that era. My bed aboard ship had an asbestos clad pipe running over it, and we learned to fight fires in an asbestos filled simulator. No one advised us that there was any danger, our officers told us everything was safe and to get on with the job of defending our fellow Canadians. I was in the Naval Reserve for 17 years, and was promoted and decorated for my service. As a Reservist, I was proud to be “twice the citizen” as Winston Churchill called us. But I did not know that my dedication to our country would be rewarded with an early and terrible death.

Mesothelioma is an insidious disease, it lies in wait for 30 years, and then arises quickly and finishes you off. Microscopic asbestos fibres invade your respiratory and digestive systems undetected, and settle in the lining of your lungs or abdomen. They cause a cancer that grows inside your living tissue, very, very slowly, resulting in thickening and swelling of the mesoteric linings, with lesions that erupt inside like scabs, and form grey tendrils about an inch long that look a bit like shag carpet. As the disease spreads and matures, infected tissues connect with your vital organs and begin to kill you from the inside out; after that, the disease metasizes and spreads rapidly throughout your lymphatic system. There are no warning signs or incidents that trigger detection. Symptoms begin with a persistent cough or stomach cramp, followed by sense of fatigue and a bit of weight loss. By the time you realize you might have something other than a cold, is already too late, and you are gone within 2-5 years.

There is no cure for mesothelioma, only chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery targeted at delaying mortality. I was diagnosed in 2015 and will have the operation to try and prolong my life; there is a 40% chance I may last another 10 years with constant care. I have lived a good and productive life, I have served my family and my country well, and I lie awake at night wondering how I deserve to meet such an end.

Letter to Prime Minister

April 12, 2016

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:

RE: Request for a ban on asbestos

Like many people, I didn’t know what Mesothelioma was or even how to pronounce it until it affected my family in the most unimaginable way. On behalf of my Dad, who is fighting daily to survive and find some peace, I would like to encourage you to ban asbestos and save other innocent lives. I am aware of a major push the general public, government organizations, unions, activist groups, media and people like my family are making to encourage your government to be a leader and change the course in what is now, an embarrassing and horrible legacy our nation will endure for many years to come. In almost every way possibly I am a very proud Canadian but I find it difficult to be proud when I consider how we have let back room dealings and small minded people have such an effect on the lives of our nations citizens and others around the world. For so many years we have been risking the public’s wellbeing in order to keep an industry so fraught with safety hazards operating despite the shift in policy from nearly all of the respected nations in the world.

Many of us are working on how to help those already affected by Mesothelioma and other diseases but there is nothing we can do to prevent it from happening until there is a ban. As a member of the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation we are educating the public, supplying information to those already diagnosed and helping to connect the medical community across Canada but we want this to be the final generation of Canadians that have to deal with an ever increasing number of people affected by Asbestos each year.

Since my Dad was diagnosed with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma in December 2013 our family has faced unimaginable difficulty in watching the strongest man I’ve ever known become stripped of his life as he knew it. He underwent an Extrapleural Pneumonectomy (removal of his lung, lining around the heart and part of his diaphragm), which is an extremely invasive procedure in which he barely survived coming out of an induced coma for 8 weeks, having lost all strength in his body right down to having the ability to swallow. After over two years of rehabilitation in which he has been through countless complications he is still fighting for quality of life. His fight is noble and for me the most difficult thing I’ve ever witnessed. At the same time it is unimaginably, completely unnecessary. This is why I write to you today. This disease is completely preventable. You, Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, are in a unique situation of having the ability to be the leader that brought Canada out of the dark and legislate the outright ban of Asbestos.

Clearly this is not a partisan issue. We are looking for the entire government’s support which would make a strong statement for the rest of Canada. I have attached a letter from a victim of Mesothelioma that recently contacted our organization looking for guidance and support. It’s powerful and brings back a flood of the frustration we initially faced when my Dad was first diagnosed. Now is the time to finally do the right thing. We can right the wrongs of our past and prevent these innocent people from again and again asking why? Please help.


Dorn Cassidy
Director; Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation

Union leader calls for asbestos registry, G&M

Click on link Mark Hume's Globe & Mail story on asbestos.
With the number of asbestos-related deaths continuing to climb across Canada, a B.C. union leader is calling for the urgent creation of a national registry of public buildings and marine vessels containing the heat-resistant fibrous mineral that causes cancer.


Cases of mesothelioma, deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure, on rise: StatsCan

As reported by Canadian Press on CTV news

Click on this link for info: bit.ly/1Pk4j5B


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