June 2006

UK’s National Carers Week

We generally call them “caregivers” in the US, while they apparently use the term “carer” in Britain. This is National Carers Week with a focus on “In sickness and in health”, promoting issues relating to carers’ health and wellbeing. Taking care of oneself is a challenge for many caregivers.

Study says Early Chemotherapy Improves Outcomes for Mesothelioma

Via the cancer center at the University of Florida. “According to a recent article published in the Annals of Oncology, immediate treatment with chemotherapy improves survival rates at one year and provides improved quality of life compared to administering chemotherapy once symptoms occur in patients with malignant mesothelioma.” More on chemotherapy for mesothelioma.

Olympic Gold Medal winner dies from mesothelioma

Terrence J. McCann won the gold medal in freestyle wrestling in 1960. He was president of USA Wrestling and served on the board of FILA, the international governing body of wrestling. Diagnosed with mesothelioma last year, he spoke out against the attempt to limit compensation for victims, testifying before Congress. Press release here.