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Asbestos Around the House

Asbestos continues to be a concern because of its widespread use during the 1900s for both residential and commercial construction. While the dangers of asbestos have been widely known for centuries, the asbestos industry conspired to hide its hazards from the government and consumers for decades. Because of this – and because of the building booms of the early and mid 20th centuries – asbestos made its way into millions of homes. In 2011, The Guardian, a UK newspaper, estimated that more than 50% of Continue reading “Asbestos Around the House”

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Types of Asbestos

What is asbestos, exactly? Unlike many chemicals and substances that have been found to be harmful, asbestos is not a specific mineral or substance, and has no defined chemical structure. The word itself doesn’t refer to a specific mineral. Instead, it’s a commercial term for a group of minerals that form strong, flexible, durable fibers rather than the crystalline structure we usually associate with minerals. The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 defines six types of asbestos, based on the mineral from which they are Continue reading “Types of Asbestos”

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Life After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

When you’re diagnosed with mesothelioma, your life changes forever. For at least the early months, your time and energy will probably revolve around all the medical appointments required for diagnosis and treatments. Even after that early whirlwind of activity, though, living with mesothelioma will require some adjustments and added support. These are some of tactics and resources to help you understand what to expect, and what you can do to make your life easier as you go through this difficult and challenging time. Continue reading “Life After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis”

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What to Ask Your Doctor After Being Diagnosed with Mesothelioma

Asking the right questions after a mesothelioma diagnosis can help prepare you to deal with the future, and provide you with information you need to be an informed partner in deciding on the best path for mesothelioma treatments. When you first meet with your doctor after getting your diagnosis, though, it may be hard to remember all the questions you want to ask. This list of questions can help you get all the information you need, and may include questions you wouldn’t have thought to ask. Continue reading “What to Ask Your Doctor After Being Diagnosed with Mesothelioma”

Mesothelioma Treatment

Common Mesothelioma Treatments

Mesothelioma is a complex cancer diagnosis, and you’ll have a number of different treatment options presented to you by your doctors. They’ll most likely include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, as well as new, cutting edge immunotherapy treatments. In some cases, you may qualify for experimental treatments or clinical trials, such as immunotherapy. Often, the treatment your doctor proposes will include a combination of two or more therapies, commonly called multimodal treatment. Your treatment team will consider many things in coming up with a treatment plan for you. Those considerations include: Continue reading “Common Mesothelioma Treatments”