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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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Bienvenue à la Fondation Canadienne du Mésothéliome

Fondée en 2008, La Fondation Canadienne du Mesotheliome est un organisme de bien faisance enregistré en grande partie géré par des bénévoles, dédié à la sensibilisaton et la comprehension sur le mésothéliome au Canada. Le mésothéliome est un cancer rare qui est presque exclusivement liée à l’exposition à l’amiante. La FCM soutient les patients de mésothéliome et leurs familles, ainsi que le développement d’un réseau d’expertise dans le diagnostique, les traitements, et les soins de mésothéliome à travers le Canada. Pour en savoir plus, cliquez ici

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Mission for Meso 2021

Time is running out to raise funds by International Mesothelioma Awareness Day, September 26

Heidi Von Palleske, Canadian actor, writer, and poet urges you to help CMF.

Mission for Meso is a fun peer-to-peer fundraising challenge. Once again this year, the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation isn't able to hold its usual in-person event or conference. We are relying on this online fundraising event to support mesothelioma patients and their families and to help find a cure. To learn more about the campaign, how to participate, or to donate, see the post below.  Thank you for your continuing support of the CMF!

 

National Day of Mourning

The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation pays tribute to the National Day of Mourning.  The Canadian flag will fly at half-mast on many buildings across Canada. We join all Canadians in remembering and honouring the lives of workers who have lost their lives on the job.

The National Day of Mourning was first recognized by the Canadian Labour of Congress in 1984 as a day to "mourn the dead and fight for the living." The Day of Mourning is now observed in more than 100 countries around the world.

Over the last year, the pandemic has increased on-the-job risks for most frontline workers but, Canadians also continue to be exposed to asbestos - mostly through construction workplace exposure with those who maintain, renovate, and demolish older buildings containing asbestos.

The late Joe RosslerClick here to read about Joe Rossler, mourned by his family and friends and shared by his daughter, Karen, who recently lost her father to mesothelioma. 

Also find attached more information on where to find local National Day of Mourning events.

What's New In: Mesothelioma, CMF and Lung Cancer Canada co-host webinar for patients and caregivers

webinar promoThe CMF proudly co-hosted a May 27th webinar with Lung Cancer Canada.  Dr. Quincy Chu from our Board of Directors and Dr. Anna Nowak, from Australia both took part in the webinar for patients and caregivers on what is new in mesothelioma. 

View the informative webinar anytime.  Here is the link: https://youtu.be/mqYO2Sh4h8s
 

Promising treatment for mesothelioma

There is some good news about a treatment for mesothelioma that is showing promise.  The University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto profiles Marc de Perrot and John Cho's Science Translational Medicine paper highlighting the potential of triple combination therapy (immunotherapy, radiation and surgery) to improve outcomes for people living with mesothelioma.  This was posted on UHN's website on April 15, 2021.

Link to UHN website: UHN media release

See attached media release in PDF format

New CMF Professorship in Mesothelioma Research

The CMF is very proud to announce that we now have a new Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation Professorship in Mesothelioma Research at University Health Network (UHN). This new professorship will help support mesothelioma research and may encourage medical students to pursue further medical training and research in this area.

To mark this momentous achievement, the UHN held a virtual celebration on April15, 2021 honouring the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation and Dr. de Perrot in the new Professorship made possible with your donations and support.

You are invited to view the celebration at your convenience:  Link to livestream: https://youtu.be/PH7UrBb93uU

 

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Johnson & Johnson to End Talc-Based Baby Powder Sales in North America

"The company has faced thousands of lawsuits from cancer patients who claim that its talc was contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen, and that the company knew of the risks."

    - By Tiffany Hsu and in the New York Times, May 19th, 2020

In a developing story, the New York Times is reporting that Johnson & Johnson announced today (May 19, 2020) that it is discontinuing North American sales of baby powder made with talc. According to the article, Johnson & Johnson "would wind down sales over the next few months, allowing existing bottles to be sold by retailers until they run out. Baby powder made with cornstarch will remain available, and talc-based baby powder will continue to be sold in other parts of the world."

To read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/business/johnson-baby-powder-sales-stopped.html

Johnson & Johnson's consumer announcement can be read in full here: https://www.jnj.com/our-company/johnson-johnson-consumer-health-announces-discontinuation-of-talc-based-johnsons-baby-powder-in-u-s-and-canada

The CMF will continue to monitor this story and will publish updates as they emerge.

The Star and The Record publish "The Uncounted", a 6-part series of investigative reports on occupational disease in Canada

"Many Canadians work their entire adult lives assuming if they become sick because of their job, they and their families will be taken care of. For the thousands of people who do develop an occupational disease each year, the reality is very different."

            From the Introduction to "The Uncounted", by reporter Greg Mercer

On May 8th, The Star and The Record published "The Uncounted", a series of six investigative reports written by reporter Greg Mercer on the toll of occupational disease in Canada. CMF Board Chair Dr Eudice Goldberg is quoted in Part 2: Prevention and Part 6: Compensation. CMF Board Member Alec Farquar is quoted in Part 2: Prevention. The work of CMF Scientific Advisory Committee member Dr Paul Demers (Director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre) is cited throughout and he is quoted in Part 1: Statistics, Part 3: Regulations, and Part 4: Diagnosis.

To view each of the reports, click on the links below:

What new Ontario-led research says about mesothelioma

Dr. Paul Demers (a member of the CMF's Scientific Advisory Committee), Alec Farquar and Lee Loftus (members of the CMF Board of Directors) are quoted in an article entitled "What new Ontario-led research says about mesothelioma". To read the full article, which was published in TVO on October 22, 2020: https://www.tvo.org/article/what-new-ontario-led-research-says-about-mesothelioma

A summary of the research study "Mesothelioma: Epidemiology and Prognosis" (which compared cases in British Columbia and Ontario over a 25-year period, from 1993 to 2017) is expected to be posted on the Occupational Cancer Research Centre's website by the end of October 2020.

Upcoming international conferences

The following are upcoming 2021 international conferences which may be of interest:

The International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, originally scheduled to take place in San Antonio, Texas, April 6-7, 2020, has been postponed. A new date has not yet been announced. For more information: https://www.curemeso.org/get-involved/attend-conferences-and-events/symposium/

The XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work was to take place in Toronto, Canada, September 19-22, 2021. For more information: https://www.safety2021canada.com/

CMF online support groups for patients & caregivers

An important objective of our organisation is to support the emotional health of patients living with mesothelioma, as well as the people that care for them.  Currently, we offer a number of private, invite-only Facebook groups for mesothelioma patients, loved ones and bereaved to connect with one another, share experiences and seek support from others in similar situations.  

To join one of our groups, please follow these steps: