U.S. Cancer Research Foundation Participates in International Conference for Cure and Prevention of Deadly Cancer

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Mary Hesdorffer, MS, APRN-BC, the executive director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, is a presenter and chair of the nursing panel at the 12th International Mesothelioma Interest Group Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Executive director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) will be chairing the nursing panel and will be presenting two talks at the 12th International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

Mary Hesdorffer, MS, APRN-BC, the executive director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation), will be chairing the nursing panel and will be presenting two talks at the 12th International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. iMig is an international group of scientists and clinicians working to understand, cure, and prevent mesothelioma.

Ms. Hesdorffer will give two presentations at the conference. The first, titled “The Voice of the Meso Community in the United States,” will discuss how the Meso Foundation, with the help of community members, advocated for $9.3 million in federal research funding directed to mesothelioma research since 2008. Ms. Hesdorffer’s second presentation is titled “Promoting Entry into Clinical Trials and Improving Access to Specialist Treatment and Care.”

Mary Hesdorffer, MS, APRN-BC, is a nurse practitioner with over 16 years of experience in mesothelioma treatment. She is an expert in clinical trials for mesothelioma and her work has been published in a variety of scientific journals. Ms. Hesdorffer serves as the executive director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. Medical experts consider it one of the most aggressive and deadly of all cancers. An estimated one-third of those who develop mesothelioma were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in shipyards.

ABOUT THE MESOTHELIOMA APPLIED RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. 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. The Meso Foundation is the only non-government funder of peer reviewed scientific research to establish effective treatments for mesothelioma and, ultimately, a cure for this extremely aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $8.7 million to research. More information is available at http://www.curemeso.org.

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