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Karen Ritter, RN BSN
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What Our Website Includes
Mesothelioma Guide’s focus is publishing content about mesothelioma, which is a cancer that forms in the linings around either the lungs, abdomen, heart or testicles. Around 3,000 Americans each year are diagnosed with this disease, which develops when loose and dangerous asbestos fibers infiltrate the body and irritate cells in these linings.
Our website is relevant to many different groups of people, including but not limited to:
- Mesothelioma patients
- Family members and friends of patients
- Loved ones of deceased mesothelioma patients
- Mesothelioma caregivers
- Mesothelioma doctors, researchers and other medical staff
- The general cancer community
- Advocates for banning asbestos
Types of Content We Publish
Mesothelioma Guide includes a wide range of content offerings for site visitors. We regularly publish new pages and update existing ones that are specific to different aspects of mesothelioma.
We also regularly publish blog articles that:
- Provide updates on treatment advancements
- Describe new or ongoing clinical trials available to patients
- Highlight mesothelioma survivor stories
- Focus on the efforts of mesothelioma doctors and researchers
- Offer legal information
- Include podcast interviews with researchers, doctors, survivors and more
Our website includes seven primary sections where you can find all of our content. We do not publish content that is outside of these seven topics, which you can find at the top of this page in our menu bar:
- General information about mesothelioma
- Lists of the top mesothelioma doctors and hospitals
- Treatment options for patients
- Prognosis stats and survival rates
- Information specific to veterans with mesothelioma
- Legal advice and help for victims of asbestos exposure
- Blogs providing news and updates about mesothelioma
Our Process for Publishing Mesothelioma Content
The Mesothelioma Guide editorial staff has a meticulous process for publishing new content or updating existing content on the website. Above all else, we prioritize providing accurate and up-to-date information on every published page. We set a high standard for our website’s editorial content and have created rigorous guidelines for researching, writing, editing and publishing.
Sources: Our editorial staff only uses credible source material to supplement our website’s content. We only use information from peer-reviewed medical journals, government websites, blogs or articles written by medical experts, and high-profile cancer-related organizations (such as the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, CancerCare and National Cancer Institute).
Statistics: Mesothelioma Guide often publishes statistics related to mesothelioma treatment, survival, life expectancy, lawsuits, trust funds, compensation amounts and more. Our staff always looks for current and relevant statistics, as we want to provide site visitors with useful information to help them understand mesothelioma.
Grammar: Mesothelioma Guide follows the Associated Press (AP) style of grammar. We strive for consistency across our website and only break from AP style when we feel it would best benefit the experience of our readers.
Interviews: Our editorial staff regularly reaches out to mesothelioma experts (doctors, researchers and more) for context on a specific topic. We often publish quotes from interviews and will never alter a quote except to correct grammar, remove hard-to-understand slang or dialect, spell out an acronym, or clarify the expert’s intent.
Tone and Style: Mesothelioma Guide’s content strives for the perfect balance of informative, authoritative, conversational and empathetic. Mesothelioma is an aggressive disease, one which claims the lives of a few thousand Americans each year. Our editorial staff recognizes the hardships that mesothelioma patients and their loved ones face every day. We want our content to express compassion while also relaying the information that patients need. Additionally, we strive to be an authoritative presence in the mesothelioma content landscape, and we want patients and their families to feel confident they can rely on our organization. Lastly, our editorial staff uses a conversational approach to ensure our site readers can easily digest complex medical information.
Editing: All published content is reviewed by a registered nurse and mesothelioma expert. Additionally, we partner with world-renowned mesothelioma specialists and legal experts, who review our materials to ensure the highest quality of information. All content must pass through multiple rounds of editing before considered for publication. The editing process looks for issues with grammar, tone, voice, statistics and sources.
Publishing: All content is published only after undergoing multiple thorough checks for accuracy and relevance. Our editorial standards include prioritizing user experience, which involves the use of images, videos and other supplemental materials to help readers absorb and understand the content.
The editorial staff may, at times, remove content from the website if it does not meet our standards.
Where We Find Content
Mesothelioma Guide’s editorial process limits where we find and source content to just a few reputable organizations. We always attribute content to the original source and will never steal content or plagiarize another organization.
Some of the organizations that meet our standards include:
- Clinicaltrials.gov — This is a database of all the new, ongoing or completed clinical trials.
- U.S. National Library of Medicine — This website includes abstracts and summaries of recent studies and research published in peer-reviewed medical journals.
- News outlets — We regularly source content from the New York Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Hill, the Philadelphia Inquirer and more.
- Hospital and university websites
- Medical organizations related to mesothelioma
Our editorial staff also regularly conceptualizes original content for the website.
Our Editorial Staff
Our editorial staff includes a registered nurse who regularly communicates with mesothelioma patients and answers questions about this disease. Our team also consists of a 24-year Navy veteran who specializes in mesothelioma and asbestos content related to veterans.
Mesothelioma Guide also partners with prestigious mesothelioma specialists, who review medical content, and numerous legal experts, who assess and approve all legal content.
The Mesothelioma Guide editorial staff consists of:
- Karen Ritter, RN — Karen Ritter is a registered nurse and patient advocate for Mesothelioma Guide. Her expert advice is invaluable to patients looking to expand their treatment options. Karen also uses her medical background to ensure all published medical content qualifies as accurate, relevant, authoritative, conversational and compassionate.
- Carl Jewett, Retired LCDR — Carl Jewett is a retired naval officer and the veterans service representative for Mesothelioma Guide. He uses his military background and knowledge of how mesothelioma affects veterans to ensure all veterans-related content on the website is correct and pertinent.
- Camryn Keeble — Camryn Keeble is the content writer for Mesothelioma Guide. She joined the team in 2022. She helps implement the best practices and standards for Mesothelioma Guide’s content.
Contact Our Staff With Corrections
Mesothelioma Guide uses a meticulous and detail-oriented editorial process. These standards ensure that published content is accurate and thorough.
However, we have the ethical duty to recognize mistakes when they occur. Our editorial staff never wants inaccurate or incomplete information existing on this website. If we know of any errors, then we will immediately correct them.
If you believe there is an error on our website, please contact our staff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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