Simmons Hanly Conroy Launches Mesothelioma Video Library For Education & Support

The Simmons Hanly Conroy — one of the nation’s leading supporters of mesothelioma cancer research — has created a comprehensive video website featuring interviews with mesothelioma medical experts, patients and family members affected by mesothelioma, a rare cancer diagnosed in nearly 3,000 people every year.

The Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s most experienced law firms in mesothelioma litigation, has announced the unveiling of their free online video library for patients and families struggling to cope with the rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The website features over 70 videos covering a variety of medical topics such as mesothelioma diagnosis, the various types of mesothelioma, and mesothelioma treatment options. Moreover, the site also includes interviews with patients and family members. The videos can be viewed at

“Over the years we’ve worked on behalf of thousands of victims and families affected by mesothelioma, and we’ve always made advocacy and awareness a top priority, so we see this website as a continuation of that effort,” explains John A. Barnerd, a mesothelioma lawyer at Simmons Hanly Conroy. “This disease can be devastating to families. The Mesothelioma Video Library is a resource for patients and their family members to not only learn more about the disease, but to listen to first-hand accounts of real people dealing with the same issues they are.”

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that most often affects the lungs (pleural mesothelioma) and the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma). To ensure the website provided the most accurate medical information about the cancer, the firm worked in conjunction with Mary Hesdorffer, Medical Liaison and nurse practitioner for one of the nation’s leading resources on mesothelioma, The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

“We’re avid supporters of the Foundation, so we were thrilled when they agreed to lend their voice to the project,” adds Barnerd. “Building awareness about the disease and the dangers of asbestos and its repercussions is so important. The fallout from asbestos exposure is going to continue for years and years, and we hope this website can help the afflicted patients and families in some way.”

In creating the website, Simmons Hanly Conroy wanted the videos to be short, simple, and easy to view. The 3-5 minute videos include topics such as “What are the symptoms of pleural mesothelioma?” and “How do I find a mesothelioma specialist?” Hesdorffer, a former nurse practitioner who has been actively engaged in treating mesothelioma patients for the past 11 years, can be seen and heard in many of the videos, providing information and counsel on myriad issues surrounding malignant mesothelioma and variations of the cancer.

“We can’t solve the disease, and we can’t take the emotional struggle that comes with dealing with mesothelioma away,” admits Barnerd. “But we can help people to understand what they’re up against, and we can help people to know that they’re not alone in their struggle.”

The free videos and facts on mesothelioma lung cancer are available at our video library.

 More About The Simmons Hanly Conroy

Dedicated to protecting individuals and families affected by mesothelioma, Simmons Hanly Conroy has been helping victims of asbestos exposure since 1999 through legal representation and counsel across the country. With three locations in California and Illinois, the mesothelioma attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy have seen this disease first-hand and are dedicated to giving all clients the attention, respect, and representation they deserve. The Simmons Hanly Conroy is an avid supporter of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, and has pledged $10 million to support cancer research at the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University.