Mesothelioma Help, America’s Mesothelioma Resource, is one of the web’s primary resources for information on malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Our team of writers, supporters and sponsors of this site are dedicated to bringing the latest, most comprehensive mesothelioma information to patients, families and caregivers.

Our goal is to provide the appropriate information to families battling mesothelioma to empower them to participate in making the decisions about their care, and to offer some measure of hope and support. Mesothelioma Help also provides information on how patients and families can obtain financial assistance, through veteran benefits, social security disability benefits and legal information that can help them make decisions in regards to filing a legal claim against asbestos companies. People affected by asbestos related diseases have the legal right to seek compensation from those responsible for their illness or loss, because mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases are entirely preventable. Furthermore, mesothelioma can leave you with high medical bills, lost income and uncertainty about your family’s future.

Community Outreach

  • Matt Rhoney joined the community outreach team earlier this year. Since he joined Matt has taken an interest in spreading awareness about the occurrence of mesothelioma throughout our country. Matt has become an avid liaison for outreach as he continue to strive to inform and educate families whose lives have been affected by asbestos. In his free time, Matt likes to write music and is a big fan of bluegrass music.
  • Parker Navarro joined our team in April as a member of the community outreach team for Mesotheliomahelp.org. She is passionate about raising awareness on Mesothelioma because she believes every person should be fully aware of the dangers to asbestos exposure. Parker currently resides in North Carolina where she is studying communication studies.
  • Shelby Wilt joined the team in April of 2015 as a community outreach expert. She is interested in helping raise awareness about mesothelioma as well as providing helpful information for current patients.  As an advocate, she is dedicated to supporting the cause by reaching out to increase knowledge and support within the community. In her free time she enjoys running and playing lacrosse.

Editorial Guidelines

The information contained on this site is based on the latest published findings about mesothelioma. We have made every effort to present only consensus-based data about the disease in the overview pages. Our Mesothelioma Cancer Resources Blog covers recent articles and news items about mesothelioma, so we cannot guarantee the long-term correctness of the articles under discussion. But we make sure to put these findings within the basic framework of current mesothelioma knowledge. We do not accept third-party advertising on the site, so the content presented is done so without advertiser influence.

Editorial Staff


Joseph W. Belluck

Joseph W. Belluck is a founding partner of the law firm Belluck & Fox and has a long history of working with mesothelioma patients and other victims of asbestos exposure. Mr. Belluck oversees the selection and development of the content for this site. In addition, he approves the story topics that will be covered in the Mesothelioma Cancer Resources Blog.

Contributing Authors

  • Mike Dayton. Mike is a licensed attorney and the former editor of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly and South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. He has contributed numerous articles to the North Carolina State Bar Journal and is a co-author of Capital Lawyers, a history of the Wake County (NC) Bar.
  • Amanda writes about how her family manages their lives while her father battles mesothelioma.
  • Lisa Hyde-Barrett. Lisa is a thoracic surgery nurse with more than 25 years of experience in treating and caring for mesothelioma patients.
  • Nancy Meredith. Nancy is a blog and content writer with more than 20 years of professional experience in the Information Technology industry. Nancy has been writing about mesothelioma and cancer for close to five years.
  • Katie Johnson. Katie has a diverse background in PR, journalism and digital marketing. She is focused on creating a unique community for family, friends or those of whom are diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease.
  • Wade Rawlins. Wade is a long-time environmental journalist and has written a blog on topics related to mesothelioma since 2009.

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Note: The information provided by www.mesotheliomahelp.org is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician.

Blogs & Web 2.0 Moderators

The mission of our blogs is to offer a varied view of mesothelioma to patients and families that are looking for advice and support for dealing with the disease:

  • Through the Nurse’s Corner, Lisa Hyde-Barrett, a thoracic surgery nurse offers key medical information to the readers. Her topics, which range from chemotherapy treatment to nutrition to diagnosis procedures, draw on Lisa’s years of experience to educate the public.
  • Jennifer Gelsick wrote about life for her family as her father, Don Smitley, battled mesothelioma. Mr. Smitley passed away in October 2013 and now Jennifer writes with a different perspective. She hopes her articles will help those with mesothelioma. Her articles can be found in our “Faces of Mesothelioma” section of the website.
  • Ricki Lewis, PhD, geneticist and author of “The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It,” has proven to be an invaluable expert resource for Mesothelioma Help as we report on the latest breakthroughs in gene therapy. Ricki has not only written guest articles detailing the intricacies of gene therapy, but she has guided our lead author to relevant topics, and key information on the background and future of genetics in cancer therapy. Her support ensures that our readers get accurate, factual information.
  • Jan Egerton, who lost her battle to mesothelioma in January 2014, was an authority on mesothelioma patients’ needs. Having undergone nearly all of the treatments available to mesothelioma patients, Jan wanted to make sure our readers got the reality of life with mesothelioma. Jan’s advocacy and support gave many people in England and the United States a place to turn when looking for the real-life struggles a mesothelioma patient faces every day. Her articles can be found here: https://www.mesotheliomahelp.org/author/jegerton/.
  • Amanda, an 8th grade reading specialist in the Philadelphia area, suddenly found herself the primary caregiver for her father after he was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in January 2013. Through her articles, she provides readers with insight into how caregivers can make a difference for those battling mesothelioma. Amanda takes our readers from the fear of learning of her father’s mesothelioma, to finding the courage to move forward with treatments, to family celebrations and to the daily struggles for a mesothelioma family.

Many of the people involved with Mesothelioma Help are also advocates on behalf of mesothelioma patients, so we take our responsibility to provide the latest information about the disease in a factual and unbiased manner very seriously.

The information provided on our blog is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician.

The comments on our blog are moderated by non-medical members of our editorial team. Moderators are not volunteers and should not have any conflicts of interest

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Published: - Updated: Jul 14, 2017