Mesothelioma Foundation Expert Can Answer Your Questions!

Nurse Practitioner, Mary Hesdorffer, is a mesothelioma expert and has worked with mesothelioma patients and their families for the past twelve years. Mary is available to answer your questions about mesothelioma, its symptoms and treatments as well as options available to you. This help is a free service provided by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. We are not a law firm. Read more about the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

TO GET HELP CALL: (877) End-Meso or (877) 363-6376 or fill out the form to the right to be contacted by her.

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 Focus on Centers of Excellence: Penn Medicine, with Dr. Evan Alley and Dr. Charles Simone
 Defactinib, a New Investigational Agent for Mesothelioma
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 New Frontiers in Surgery for Mesothelioma
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 Focus on Mesothelioma Centers of Excellence: Hedy Lee Kindler, MD, University of Chicago Medicine
 2015 Grant Recipient Interviews - Part 1
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 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma: San Francisco and Chicago
 2017 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma
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 Mary Hesdorffer - Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
 Melinda Kotzian - Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
 Maja Belamaric - Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
 Maureen Devine-Ahl - Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
 Gleneara E. Bates - Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
 Erica Ruble - Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
 Beth Posocco - Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
 Jadmin Mostel - Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
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 The Meso Foundation Board of Directors: Michael J. Becich, MD, PhD
 The Meso Foundation Board of Directors: Dennis Wigle, MD, PhD
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