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What to expect from your Oncologist

Since we have reviewed what to expect when you meet the surgeon, many of you may also be interested in what to expect with a visit to the Oncologist. Not every patient is a surgical candidate, so most cancer patients are diagnosed and followed by an Oncologist. The largest part of my career has been […]

What Is A Mesothelioma Nurse Navigator?

My name is Alaina Mokhtarnejad and I work as a Thoracic Oncology Nurse Navigator at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. I’m sure the question of “what is a nurse navigator?” comes to mind. I will simplify this complicated terminology and also discuss the impact of nurse navigators in the field of lung cancer […]

My First Visit With The Surgeon

Now that everyone knows a little about my role as a thoracic oncology nurse navigator, let’s discuss what to expect with your first visit to a thoracic surgeon. I work directly with the thoracic surgeon at my cancer center, but not all nurse navigators have this direct relationship. Most navigators work alone or with a […]

Verastem Mesothelioma Treatment

Will Mesothelioma Finally Meet Its Match? Malignant pleural mesothelioma, which affects the tissue surrounding the lungs, is a highly aggressive, asbestos-related cancer with limited treatment options.  Buta new clinical trial hopes to prove that researchers have found the key to halting progression and recurrence of this relatively rare cancer. Currently, treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma, […]


Could a Simple Blood Test Help Diagnose Mesothelioma…Earlier? Despite advances in treatment options for malignant pleural mesothelioma, the median survival for patients remains 12 months.  Promising new treatments, such as targeted biologic therapies that can be taken orally, are currently being studied in clinical trials.  The hope is that targeted therapies will work more efficiently […]

Good Nutrition with Mesothelioma

Good nutrition with mesothelioma is an important part of fighting mesothelioma. There is a lot of conflicting advice on what foods are best to eat, so our nursing liaisons have developed a few key guidelines to use when choosing foods to. Focus on whole foods — Eat meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and some fruit. It’s best […]

Cancer Nutrition Clinical Trials

If you are interested in helping scientists and doctors better understand cancer & nutrition, there are several on Cancer.gov dealing with cancer nutrition clinical trials and symptom control in advanced cancer. Ketogenic Diet in Advanced Cancer The purpose of the study is to determine the safety and tolerability of a modified low carbohydrate diet, determine if quality […]

Asbestos & Lung Cancer

Most people associate asbestos exposure only to mesothelioma. However, asbestos exposure in conjunction with smoking is much more likely to cause lung cancer than mesothelioma. In other words, individuals who have been exposed to asbestos are statistically more likely to develop a lung cancer rather than mesothelioma. Overall, lung cancer is much more common than […]

February 2013 Mesothelioma Conference Schedule Update

It is important that we continue education and support for those affected by mesothelioma and because of our goals feel it is extremely important that we continue our presence within the mesothelioma community. The following is a list of mesothelioma conferences that MesoCare will be taking part in. DATES LOCATION TOPIC VENUE MAR 7-8 Las […]

Mesothelioma Research Updates

An important key factor in the treatment and prevention of mesothelioma is the continued research about this deadly disease. Here are some highlights in ongoing research studies being conducted by external sources within the mesothelioma community. The Ambler Asbestos Factory Dr. Fran Berg and his team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have […]