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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.

Toronto, Ontario - September 27th 2012 Asbestos Diseases Symposium Presentations Now Available!

Presentations from the September 27th 2012 Asbestos Diseases Symposium held in Toronto, Ontario are now available! Please see web address below for the presentation given by Dr. Marc de Perrot of the University Health Network, and the attached files for presentations given by Dr. Eudice Goldberg of the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation, Dr. Linn Holness, Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease and Paul Demers, PhD, Cancer Care Ontario. 

https://fileportal.uhn.ca/download.aspx?ID=c4791e8f-dbd6-4121-9baf-9ac1…

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.

Introducing Spike 2011 – The CMF’s First Annual Volleyball Fundraiser

Please join us June 19 2011 for our first annual volleyball tournament fundraiser!  Registration is now open on our new event website. To register your team, or to donate to the CMF on your favourite team’s behalf, please go to www.cmfonline.org/spike . Don’t hesitate to contact us for further information at spike.cmf@gmail.com . Hope to see you there!!