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Month: September 2022

Will I Have Terrible Nausea and Vomiting During My Chemotherapy Treatment?

For decades, chemotherapy has been connected to the side effects of serious nausea and vomiting. While these side effects are a common result of chemotherapy, not all chemotherapy medications are known to cause vomiting and nausea. Additionally, not all people experience these side effects to the same degree from cancer medications. Drugs used to treat are powerful and many can result in adverse side effects ...

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Are You At Risk for a Blood Clot? What is a Pulmonary Embolism?

People who are diagnosed with various cancers including mesothelioma are more likely to develop blood clots because these individuals can have more platelets or cells that are likely to cause the blood to clot in the person’s blood as opposed to how clotting normally occurs. Additionally, these individuals might be debilitated and not get up or around enough. In many blood cases, blood cases end ...

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What Can I Do to Prevent or Relieve Constipation

Constipation is a common side effect that happens when people are taking certain pain medications or undergoing chemotherapy treatment. A factor that contributes to this element is if you are less active and perhaps do not eat as well as you regularly would. It’s critical to drink an adequate amount of fluids as well as to take in a high-fiber diet including nuts, vegetables, fruits, ...

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What Can I Do to Relieve My Pain?

People with mesothelioma sometimes experience pain and we currently have various new types of medications that can reduce the degree of pain that a person experiences. The Types of Pain Pain is classified as acute which means that it comes on suddenly and ends in a short period or chronic pain that lasts for months or even years and requires adequate management as changes in ...

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What Can I Do About Shortness of Breath?

Shortness of breath (SOB) is a common type of mesothelioma. An individual experiences shortness of breath when the tissues located in that person’s body require more oxygen to sufficiently function. The requirement for oxygen leads to an individual experiencing the need to breathe faster which can result in anxiety. What Shortness of Breath Means Sometimes referred to as breathlessness or dyspnea, shortness of breath is ...

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Why Am I Always Tired? What Can I Do for Fatigue? Will the Fatigue Go Away After My Treatment Is Over? Could I Be Depressed?

When you ask people how they are doing, once you get past the pleasantries, most people will tell you that they are tired.  No matter your age, it has probably been years since you met someone who truly felt well-rested.  Children and teenagers are tired because of school days that start early in the morning and evenings and weekends taken up with extracurricular activities.  Parents ...

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What If My Disease Has Remained Stable During Treatment?

Almost every piece of news you hear about your health after a cancer diagnosis or during treatment opens up a new world of uncertainty.  The results of tests, whether they are bloodwork or imaging scans are rarely a simple “yes” or “no;” rather they are points on an ever-expanding flowchart of possibilities.  Every result is some combination of “you still have cancer” and “you are ...

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How Do I Know If My Treatment Is Working?

The process of testing before doctors arrive at a diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma is long and exhausting.  Once you begin treatment, you will probably feel a combination of fear and relief.  You might find it reassuring to monitor your response to the treatment; the lab tests can show you that there is less cancer in your body than there was before even if you do ...

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What Should I Know About Complementary and Alternative Therapies?

Long before the word “mesothelioma” was even in your vocabulary, you probably had vitamin supplements or some other kind of dietary supplement (such as fish oil or echinacea) in your house.  You might have seen a statement on the pill bottles to the effect that the product is not meant to diagnose, prevent, or cure any disease.  These are alternative and complementary therapies.  They are ...

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