Mesothelioma Cancer Patients, Families, Advocates, Researchers Find Their Answers in Washington, DC

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On July 12-13, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation’s will hold its 2012 Symposium at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, as well as online, in a special live stream event bringing together mesothelioma patients, their families, researchers, doctors, and other advocates to learn from one another about this rare cancer, and to connect.

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This year, this invaluable information will be available to everyone who wishes to watch the presentations through the live stream on our website.

Taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC and hosted by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation), the 2012 Symposium brings together mesothelioma scientists, doctors, medical professionals, mesothelioma patients and their families, and other advocates while featuring research progress, discussing mesothelioma treatment options, and raising awareness of this, often neglected, disease.

The Meso Foundation has assembled an exceptional agenda to be presented by experts in the fields of mesothelioma and health. The full agenda is available at

At the 2012 Symposium, the Meso Foundation is proud to feature presenters such as Raja Flores, MD, Giovanni Gaudino, PhD, Steven Hahn, MD, Harvey Pass, MD, Daniel Sterman, MD, David Sugarbaker, MD, Raffit Hassan, MD, Robert Kratzke, MD, Lee Krug, MD, and many others.

“The Meso Foundation’s annual Symposium provides attendees the unique opportunity to learn about mesothelioma treatments from world’s top experts,” says Kathy Wiedemer, MBA, Executive Director of the Meso Foundation, “and this year, this invaluable information will be available to everyone who wishes to watch the presentations through the live stream on our website.”

During the 2012 Symposium, the Meso Foundation will honor three individuals who, each in their own way, have made significant contributions to the fight against mesothelioma.

This year’s honorees include Dr. David Sugarbaker for his novel approaches to mesothelioma surgery and his vast array of impressive research topics in peer reviewed medical journals; Erica Iacono and Janice Malkotsis, dedicated Meso Foundation volunteers and advocates; and Bonnie Anderson, an individual advocating for change on a national and international level.

Mesothelioma, a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart known to be caused by exposure to asbestos is considered one of the most aggressive of all cancers. Approximately 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year, yet the very few available treatments have limited effectiveness.

The Meso Foundation is the leading organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by it. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund peer-reviewed mesothelioma research; provide patient support services and education; and advocate Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research and increased awareness. The Foundation is the only organization that funds peer-reviewed research solely for mesothelioma to help find effective treatment options and a cure for the 3,000 Americans diagnosed each year. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $7.6 million to research.

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