Category: Mesothelioma Facts

Diagnosis of Mesothelioma

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

People begin to see signs of Mesothelioma before they begin to do tests to see if they actually have this form of cancer. The tests to see exactly which type of Mesothelioma you may have are quite intricate and extreme, so its best to wait until you think for sure that you are experiencing signs of this form of cancer. Signs may include coughing, shortness of breath, or chest pains. If you are feeling any of these symptoms it’s important to see a doctor as soon as you possibly can before it gets even worse. Once you have set up a meeting with a doctor or a physician with a high level of expertise on the subject, it’s important to ask them as many questions as you can think of to get the full picture on what symptoms mean which type of mesothelioma. Continue reading “Diagnosis of Mesothelioma”

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mesothelioma and the right diet

Managing Mesothelioma with the Right Diet

Why is Nutrition Important In Regards To Mesothelioma?

Though one of the symptoms of Mesothelioma is lack of appetite, nutrition is extremely important. Fighting this disease and being successful in treatment depends on maintaining a healthy diet and weight. Proper nutrition and weight management can reduce the risk of infection, boost energy, improve mood, improve pace of recovery, and reduce the risk of treatment side effects. Continue reading “Managing Mesothelioma with the Right Diet”

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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”

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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”

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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?”

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