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Month: October 2022

Mesothelioma – Returning to Work

When you received a birthday card from the AARP on your 50th birthday, the first thought that went through your mind was probably, “I’m much too young to think about any of this.”  Even though 65 is generally considered the usual retirement age in the United States, a lot of people continue working for much longer than that, and not just people whose jobs are ...

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Mesothelioma Follow-Up Care – How Often Should I Be Seen?

The weeks and months leading up to your surgery or first chemotherapy session related to a diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma can feel like an endless slog of blood draws diagnostic imaging tests, outpatient surgical procedures under anesthesia, and even the occasional hospital stay.  Once you start treatment, the monitoring continues, except when you would like to know, moment by moment, how your body is responding ...

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Should I Get a Flu Shot or Pneumonia Vaccine?

After so many doctors’ appointments and hospital stays, agonizing waits for the results of tissue biopsies, and exhausting chemotherapy infusions, going to a primary care doctor or a walk-in clinic at a pharmacy is probably the farthest thing from your mind.  Before your mesothelioma diagnosis, perhaps you used to complain endlessly when you got sick with a seasonal virus, but in retrospect, you didn’t even ...

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What Happens If My Disease Recurs?

Everyone who has received a diagnosis of mesothelioma or any other type of cancer looks forward to the day when doctors declare them free.  In the old days, some oncology wards used to have patients ring a bell when they finished their last chemotherapy infusion or received the report of a CT scan that did not show any sign of a tumor.  Finishing your cancer ...

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Mesothelioma – Where Can I Go to Get More Information

Mesothelioma is a life-changing illness. One of the best things that you can do to deal with the illness is to arm yourself with as much information as possible. This article reviews some of the most helpful resources to learn more about mesothelioma. The American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society has various publications concerning topics related to people with mesothelioma and their loved ones. ...

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How Do I Maintain a Normal Life When a Family Member Has Mesothelioma

When your family member is diagnosed with this condition, some things in your life will change. This doesn't mean that you have to turn around your life altogether. Instead, you must make the necessary adjustments to accommodate the patient as you continue with your usual activities. It is common for family members to want to help when one of them is diagnosed with mesothelioma. Thankfully, ...

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Where Is My Disease Likely to Recur?

Mesothelioma often returns to the area of a person’s body where it first arose. For example, if mesothelioma began in your abdomen if the disease returns it will likely be in this same area. Another difficulty with mesothelioma is when it returns, it commonly appears in the location of earlier wounds. When mesothelioma returns in such a way, the act is called malignant seeding and ...

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How Do I Balance All of the Responsibilities?

As a caregiver caring for a mesothelioma patient, you can find yourself overwhelmed with responsibilities. Caring for a loved one battling mesothelioma can be demanding and straining. The effects of mesothelioma will not only affect the patient but also impact your life as a caregiver. Therefore, you need to balance your responsibilities to live your life normally. Some caregivers find themselves battling anxiety and depression ...

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What Else Can I Do to Make My Loved One Comfortable?

When a family member is diagnosed with mesothelioma, you want to do everything to make their experience comfortable. This is because the diagnosis leaves families wondering how to provide the best care at home. Mesothelioma is a condition that mostly attacks the lungs and makes it difficult for the patient to breathe. This means that caregivers should pay special attention to lung health and help ...

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How Can Family and Friends Help Without Intruding?

When a family member or friend is diagnosed with mesothelioma, the natural reaction is wanting to help. Most people offer to do whatever is necessary to make the patient comfortable. While offering a helping hand is selfless, you must be careful not to intrude on the patient's space. Even though your loved one might feel helpless because everything is out of their control, they still ...

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