Mesothelioma and Caregiving

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By Kelsey Rathbun, Mesothelioma Center

Those diagnosed with mesothelioma often find reassurance and help from a support network of family and friends. In many cases, these same family members and friends act as caregivers and offer medical care that is intended to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. The aim is to keep a mesothelioma patient comfortable while offering individual attention and on-site care.

Mesothelioma patients may encounter difficulty in dealing with symptoms of the disease. These symptoms, which can be quite debilitating, may compromise quality of life and can make it difficult to carry out normal activities. Similarly, dealing with the side effects of treatments such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy can be life-changing. Although mesothelioma treatment options are certainly designed to help the patient combat the disease, they can weaken the body and mind.

Because the cancer is generally detected in a late stage of development, the patient is likely to encounter advanced and potentially disabling complications after diagnosis. Large tumors and related fluid buildup can place intense pressure on the affected organs. This can cause the patient a great deal of discomfort and may even disrupt normal organ function. Many patients also experience shortness of breath and fatigue, even while at rest. As the cancer progresses, many elderly patients turn to a caregiver for help in fulfilling basic tasks and responsibilities such as running errands or preparing meals.

Mesothelioma treatment will vary from patient to patient, and a caregiver’s responsibilities depend upon the patient’s response to the procedures. For some patients, the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation may be physically taxing, making a caregiver’s assistance a necessity. Although no cure exists, certain therapies have been developed to improve a patient’s overall quality of life. In some cases, patients may file a mesothelioma lawsuit to obtain financial assistance for their pursuit of medical care.

When searching for a caregiving facility, patients and their friends or family should look for an environment that is clean and has a helpful staff. Sometimes having the right personnel that is kind and willing to assist patients makes all the difference. Some patients may wish to receive care in the comfort of their own home. There are many organizations willing to provide the convenience of at-home care to patients. In many cases, this form of in-home care is preferred by patients.

The patient and family advocates at Asbestos.com can assist mesothelioma patients in a variety of ways. They can help patients find the best doctors and treatment facilities in their area, provide access to local support groups, offer free literature and informational books on asbestos-related illnesses, and help veterans receive their VA benefits for asbestos-related health issues.

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  1. not unless I bury them in pots full of rich compost, and keep topping up the water.

  2. By far the main cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Between 7 and 8 out of every 10 people diagnosed with mesothelioma (70 to 80%) say they have been in contact with asbestos. Your risk is greater if you were exposed to large amounts of it from an early age for a very long period of time. But some people say they have no history of any heavy exposure to asbestos.

  3. By far the main cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Between 7 and 8 out of every 10 people diagnosed with mesothelioma (70 to 80%) say they have been in contact with asbestos. Your risk is greater if you were exposed to large amounts of it from an early age for a very long period of time. But some people say they have no history of any heavy exposure to asbestos.

  4. Thanks for the helpful posting. It is also my opinion that mesothelioma cancer has an extremely long latency period of time, which means that signs and symptoms of the disease may well not emerge till 30 to 50 years after the original exposure to asbestos fiber. Pleural mesothelioma, which can be the most common variety and is affecting the area about the lungs, might result in shortness of breath, breasts pains, including a persistent coughing, which may bring about coughing up our blood.

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