Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Welcomes Mesothelioma Survivor, Heather Von St. James to Outreach Staff

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Von St. James offers hope to those diagnosed with mesothelioma as a rare survivor story of this aggressive cancer

Working with Heather will allow us to put a face to the disease and spread her story of triumph over mesothelioma. We’re truly honored and excited to start this partnership

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is excited to welcome mesothelioma survivor, Heather Von St. James to our outreach and advocacy efforts. Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2005 after she developed fatigue, anemia, and shortness of breath due to fluid effusion in her chest. Heather was diagnosed just three and a half months after the birth of her daughter, Lily.

Typical mesothelioma prognosis is poor, with most patients surviving only twelve to eighteen months beyond diagnosis. Heather’s choices included forgoing treatment and living perhaps fifteen months, pursuing traditional chemotherapy and radiation for a slightly extended prognosis, or pursuing one of the less conventional surgical treatment methods.

Upon evaluating her options, Heather elected to undergo a radical surgical procedure called extrapleural pneumonectomy, performed by esteemed thoracic surgeon Dr. David Sugarbaker through the International Mesothelioma Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Heather then received adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation and was eventually declared cancer free.

More than 5 years later, Heather now serves as a beacon of hope and courage for all those diagnosed with mesothelioma. Heather will be helping the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance by serving as an awareness advocate for the organization, assisting us by providing unique survivor insight in blogging and social media outlets. Heather will also be serving the MCA by communicating directly with those diagnosed with mesothelioma, offering her story and knowledge of the disease, treatment options, and unique perspective on the cancer.

“Working with Heather will allow us to put a face to the disease and spread her story of triumph over mesothelioma. We’re truly honored and excited to start this partnership,” said the organization.

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is the web’s leading authority on mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease. Featuring thousands of pages of physician, cancer center, clinical trial, and other resources, we have been serving the mesothelioma and cancer community online for nearly 20 years.

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