Mesothelioma and Caregiving

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Mesothelioma and Caregiving:

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.

Treatment for mesothelioma will vary from patient to patient, and thus affects what a caregiver may cope with depending upon the patient’s response to treatment. Although no cure exists, patients can elect to undergo therapy that may improve their overall quality of life. Attaining an early diagnosis can expand treatment options and may result in more effective treatment results. In addition to surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, some patients may qualify for experimental treatments in the form of clinical trials.

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

The patient and family advocates at 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. In some cases, patients may receive financial assistance for medical treatment by filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit.

Whether or not a patient elects to undergo treatment, those who may aid in caregiving should find ways to reduce stress. Many choose to meditate, pray, read, exercise or take a walk. Stress and anxiety are factors when dealing with a terminal illness and are important issues to address after a friend or family member has received a diagnosis.

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