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Mesothelioma Awareness Day

September 26th, 2015 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The incidence of mesothelioma, an extremely aggressive cancer, continues to rise. It is now one of the top causes of death in the workplace in Canada. Although the use of new asbestos in Canada has decreased, it remains in old homes and office buildings; it doesn’t just go away. We need your support to fight this terrible disease - to help raise awareness, the critical need for prevention, provide education and support to those affected by mesothelioma as well as to build a network of health care professionals with diagnostic and treatment expertise across Canada for victims of mesothelioma.
Until recently, Canada exported asbestos and continues today to import asbestos in items such as brake linings and pipes.

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

As reported by Canadian Press on CTV news

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Radiation before surgery more than doubles mesothelioma survival: UHN study

(TORONTO, Canada – January 20, 2014) – Results of clinical research that treated mesothelioma with radiation before surgery show the three-year survival rate more than doubled for study participants afflicted with this deadly disease, compared to treating with surgery first.
The findings, published online today ahead of print in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (DOI 10.1097/JTO.0000000000000078), chart a viable route to treat patients more effectively and also improve their quality of life and potential survival, says principal investigator and lead author Dr. John Cho, radiation oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network (UHN). Dr. Cho is also an Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto.
“The patients in our study experienced shorter treatment, fewer complications and speedier recovery,” says Dr. Cho. “The three-year survival rate more than doubled to 72% from 32%.” Mesothelioma is an aggressive malignancy that starts in the lining of the lung and progressively restricts and invades the whole organ. 

Read the entire news release here in the attachment to this article.

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CMF announces new online mesothelioma support group

The CMF is proud to announce a brand new initiative on Facebook to enable mesothelioma patients, loved ones and bereaved to connect with one another, share experiences and seek support from others in similar situations.  We are hearing from more and more Canadians citing feelings of loneliness, isolation and helplessness in their struggles with mesothelioma or in caring for a loved one with the disease.  It is our hope that this initiative will help to bring people together to support each other through these difficult times.   

 If interested in joining this private, invite-only group, please send a message to the CMF Facebook page or to info@cmfonline.org with your email address and we will issue an invite.  We hope to hear from you soon.

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CMF sponsored workshop on the use of PDT in treating meso

In November 2012, the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) Mesothelioma Research Program hosted a 2 day visit by Dr. Keith Cengel, a specialist in radiation oncology and photodynamic therapy (PDT) from the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Cengel gave two lectures, the first on emerging technologies for image guided radiotherapy followed by a second on photodynamic therapy for mesothelioma and other thoracic diseases. Photodynamic therapy is a promising new treatment for mesothelioma patients that uses light energy to kill cancer cells. Dr Cengel and other researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania have shown that when used in combination with lung-sparing surgery, survival rates of patients with pleural mesothelioma are significantly improved, sometimes more than two years.

The objective of Dr. Cengel's visit was to give the PMH mesothelioma research team an overview of his research and the results of PDT in mesothelioma. Both lectures were well attended by surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and physicists from Toronto General Hospital and Princess Margaret Cancer Center. As a result of this visit, the University Health Network (UHN) Mesothelioma Research Program is planning to start photodynamic therapy in selected patients with mesothelioma and, as well, will develop collaborative work with the research team in Philadelphia.

Dr. Cengel's visit was made possible by the CMF's Education and Training Fund. This special educational grant was given to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation in Toronto in 2011 and in 2012 to the UHN by the CMF for their Mesothelioma Research Program. The Fund was established to expand the educational mandate of their Program. Learn more about the CMF fund here.

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Spike 2012 CMF Volleyball Fundraiser

Please join us June 10, 2012 for the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation's (CMF) second annual volleyball fundraiser. If you like fun people, free entertainment, great food and beach volleyball why not register a team and support this great cause!  To register and for more information, please check out the Spike 2012 website.

  • Who: Candian Mesothelioma Foundation
  • What: SPIKE Beach Volleyball Tournament 2012
  • Where: Beach Blast 15 - Leswyn Road in Toronto, ON
  • When: June 10, 2012, 1pm
  • Why: To support the CMF's initiative of developing better care practice for health care providers and creating and fostering strong patient support services.

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CBC The National: Asbestos Screening Fears

CBC March 21, 2012 The National

The deadly damage caused by asbestos has not yet peaked, CBC's Kelly Crowe reports

http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/TV_Shows/The_National/1233408557/ID=2213512052 

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CBC The National: Asbestos in the Garage

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March 20 2012: Mechanics are being exposed to the deadly carcinogen, which can still be found lurking in local garages, CBC's Margo McDiarmid reports

http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/TV_Shows/The_National/1233408557/ID=22131...

March 20 2012: Asbestos brake pad ban proposed

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/03/20/asbestos-brake-ban-propos...

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North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Related Disease

Please consider signing this important petition initiated by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and the Canadian Voices for Asbestos Victims.

Click here to learn more: http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/8523

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