The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation was founded to serve three broad groups of people: patients and their families; healthcare professionals; and those concerned with the policy and advocacy around mesothelioma and asbestos.
Patients, Friends and Families
The CMF was founded by people whose lives have been personally affected by mesothelioma, and as such is mandated to act as an advocate for mesothelioma patients on multiple issues related to the disease. The CMF intends to further the standards of mesothelioma treatment in Canada, provide information regarding treatment options, and lay the groundwork for a nationwide support network for patients, connecting patients with already existing support networks in Canada, as well as with centres with specific expertise in mesothelioma in the United States.
The CMF will provide a professional support network for health professionals who deal with mesothelioma, providing crucial information to primary care specialists who encounter mesothelioma in their practice. In addition, the CMF will initiate and expand already existing programs in tertiary care that pertain specifically to treatment of mesothelioma. The CMF welcomes the participation of oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, and other Canadian health professionals who have an interest in mesothelioma and see many cases in their practice. The CMF will work to organize a cohesive, nationwide network of health professionals who treat mesothelioma, as well as raise funds to support clinical and scientific research in the field.
People Engaged in Advocacy, Policy, and Work Related to Mesothelioma and Asbestos
The CMF is also mandated to act as a resource for anyone working with asbestos and having to deal with the related health consequences. This includes labour unions whose workers are exposed to asbestos, legislators concerned with passing laws regarding asbestos mining and export, and a multitude of other professionals who are affected by asbestos and mesothelioma in their work.