For Immediate Release: February 2, 2017 The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation receives Upper Canada Medal from Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation (CMF) is honoured to receive the Upper Canada Medal from Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TG&WHF) and the Toronto Mesothelioma Program at University Health Network (UHN). The Upper Canada Medal, originally created by the Loyal and Patriotic Society of Upper Canada, recognized the service of volunteer soldiers in the War of 1812.
An Open Letter To the Members of Parliament of Canada Thank you for the opportunity to connect with you today. My name is David Hill, I am 55 years, a husband and father of three, and I live in a small town in Alberta - but only for the next 2 to 5 years, according to my doctor. I have a rare, terminal cancer called Mesothelioma that has only one cause, and that is contact with the mineral Asbestos. The link between asbestos contact and fatal illness has been apparent since 200 AD when Roman overseers noticed that their slaves working in mineral mines were dying.
Click on link Mark Hume's Globe & Mail story on asbestos.
With the number of asbestos-related deaths continuing to climb across Canada, a B.C. union leader is calling for the urgent creation of a national registry of public buildings and marine vessels containing the heat-resistant fibrous mineral that causes cancer.
As reported by Canadian Press on CTV news
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Please view the video here to learn more about Canada's deadly asbestos legacy. (Source: Globe and Mail)
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.
(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.
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.
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.
To learn more about the Mesothelioma Research Program at Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, download the new 2012 report here. CMF funds continue to support education and training activities of the Program.