Understanding and Coping with Mesothelioma

Understanding Mesothelioma

What is Mesothelioma? Mesothelioma at a quick glance is a rare, asbestos-related cancer that forms on the thin protective tissues that cover the lungs and abdomen. There are three forms of this type of cancer and they include Pleural Mesothelioma, Peritoneal Mesothelioma, and Pericardial Mesothelioma. Notable occupations at risk include veterans, construction workers, shipyard workers, and chemical plant workers. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, pain in chest and abdomen, and fatigue. Possible treatments for this disease include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and palliative care. According to a 2017 report, there are still roughly 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma in the United States each year. Nearly 75% of people diagnosed with this disease are men, at least 40% of which served in Continue reading “Understanding and Coping with Mesothelioma”

Surgical Palliative Care for Mesothelioma

What Is Palliative care?

Palliative care is support for a patient that is aimed to treat and relieve symptoms and improve the overall quality of life for the patient. This differs from hospice care because hospice care concentrates on pain management at the end of the patient’s life. Though palliative care was thought to only benefit late stage mesothelioma patients, recent studies have shown positive results starting care as early as post-surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy. In 2016, the most common issues addressed in this type of care include pain, weakness, difficulty breathing, reduced appetite, and poor well-being. Continue reading “Surgical Palliative Care for Mesothelioma”

Diagnosing Mesothelioma: How Can You Identify its Stages?

Diagnosing Mesothelioma Early On

Though there is no one clear path to a mesothelioma diagnosis for each patient, it is very important that this rare disease is caught in its early stages of development. After possible exposure to asbestos, seeing your primary care physician for possible testing is the best chance to confirm or deny the contraction of the disease. Continue reading “Diagnosing Mesothelioma: How Can You Identify its Stages?”

Asbestos Cleanups

Safe Asbestos Cleanups – What You Need to Know

Asbestos, which is present in millions of homes, schools and other public building across the United States, is notoriously toxic. It is the only definitively known cause of mesothelioma, a virulent cancer that causes thousands of death annually. Experts on public health and safety have determined that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. Even the slightest exposure can result in serious illnesses, including lung cancer, asbestosis, and a number of other cancers. However, the mere presences of asbestos isn’t a hazard. Rather, it only becomes dangerous when it is friable – a word that means easily crumbled – or when it is disturbed or broken, such as often happens during renovations in older homes and buildings. Continue reading “Safe Asbestos Cleanups – What You Need to Know”

Mesothelioma Places To Stay

Places to Stay During Mesothelioma Treatment for Patients and Their Families

Many patients diagnosed with mesothelioma face an additional challenge – finding an appropriate cancer treatment center for their particular diagnosis. Because mesothelioma is one of the rarer types of cancer, those seeking specialist treatment may have to travel some distance to access the best care. This is especially true for those who qualify for clinical trials and experimental treatments for mesothelioma. Continue reading “Places to Stay During Mesothelioma Treatment for Patients and Their Families”

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