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Mesothelioma Cancer (Volume 2)

MESOTHELIOMA CANCER (VOLUME 2)

 

 

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Mesothelioma Cancer (Volume 2)

Copyright © 2016 by Word Chapter

 

 

 

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The Role of Surgery in the Palliative Care of Mesothelioma

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Millions of people are still oblivious of the health risk of using asbestos in roofing of their houses. Such ignorance may prove costly in the later part of their lives as exposure to asbestos has been linked to a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

Asbestos particles lodge in the lung tissues

The risk is higher among those that work in factories where asbestos is produced. Although those that use the material are at lower risk, they are not totally out of the picture. Asbestos is easily reduced into tiny dust and when inhaled will travel to the lungs and get stuck in the lung tissues where they eventually cause accumulation of fluids and swelling.

The long latency period exacerbates the situation

Mesothelioma has a long latency period of twenty to fifty years meaning that those who have come down with the disease will only get to know at the later part of their lives (some only know in their seventies). Early diagnosis is a key to surviving in this disease.

Malignant mesothelioma leads to cell confusion

The cells of every living organism continue to divide until they have come in contact with other cells. Then they stop to divide. This phenomenon is known as contact inhibition. In the case of malignant mesothelioma, like every other malignant cancer, they make the cells lose their ability to communicate with other cells leading to continuous and abnormal growth referred to as tumor.

Surgery is an attempt to remove the tumor

When such tumors occur, doctors will normally recommend surgery. The essence of the surgery is to remove the tumor and the portion of the body where the cells have lost the cell to contact inhibition communication. Surgery is often the last resort in malignant mesothelioma.

Tumor will lead to death if not removed

Since the tumor is developing in the chest cavity or lung tissues, depending on the rate of its growth, the patient could experience difficulty in breathing as the tumor cells press against the alveoli. It could also press against arteries and veins, interrupting the supply of blood to certain regions of the body. When this occurs, necrosis would follow.

Pleural mesothelioma can be diagnosed with tissue biopsy

Proper diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma does not follow the widely known diagnosis. Here, an adequate sized tissue biopsy is needed for effective and efficient diagnosis and assessment of the tissue biopsy can be done by either mini-open pleural biopsy or video assisted thoracic biopsy.

The difficulty in cure of mesothelioma is associated with wrong diagnosis

Most times, when people go to hospital for diagnosis because they have cough and other symptoms, they are often wrongly diagnosed as respiratory tract infections. The right diagnosis often comes only when the disease has progresses far into the body and little can be done at such moments.

It is difficult to cure mesothelioma with surgery

Even when the right diagnosis is made, it is still difficult to cure mesothelioma with surgery because there is no way for the doctors to tell how aggressive the disease is because of its nature and the part of the body it affects.

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Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused mainly for the exposure to asbestos.

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p<>{color:#000;}. If the disease is discovered early, the patient has a higher chance of survival.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Pleural mesothelioma affects the lung tissues and chest cavity.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mesothelioma is often wrongly diagnosed as respiratory infections.

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p<>{color:#000;}. It is not easy to cure with surgery because of the morphology of the disease.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Tumor occurs because of uncontrolled cell division.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Surgery would aim to remove the tumors where possible.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The right and confirmatory test can be done using tissue biopsy.

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p<>{color:#000;}. A high percentage of people with the disease usually get to know at their old age.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mesothelioma has a long latency period that often reaches fifty years.

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Newly Emerging Treatment Options for Mesothelioma

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Since the emergence of mesothelioma, scientists have been on their heels trying to improve on the existing treatment options. Some of the earlier treatment options include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. The emerging treatments are not only interesting but also present a novel approach that will have little damage on the normal body tissues.

Surgery is a very effective treatment

The major problem with surgery is that one has to wait till the tumor has grown to some extent before surgery can be done. Also, in the process of surgery, it is hard to identify the places the disease has spread to leading to sometimes partial removal of the tumor.

Chemotherapy and radiation kills healthy cells

Chemotherapy and radiation would have presented the best treatment options but they too have their imminent problems. During chemotherapy and radiation, it is hard (or impossible) to limit the treatment to infected cells alone. A good number of healthy cells and tissues get involved in the process and are killed.

Anti-angiogenesis treatment will prevent formation of cancerous blood vessels

It has been discovered that cancerous tissues would require their own blood vessels to grow and angiogenesis is simply talking about the growth or development of new blood vessels. Therefore, anti-angiogenesis therapy will focus on the prevention of the formation of those new blood vessels that would aid the growth of cancerous tumor.

Biological/Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system against cancer cells

When a foreign agent enters the body, the normal response would be the production of antibodies by the body and building up of other immune cells and the entire immune system. The body can recognize normal cells and cancerous cells. Biological response modifiers (BRM) are employed to promote immune therapy.What BRM does is to amplify immune response and make cancer more susceptible to destruction.

Cells treated with photosensitive drugs will die

Research has revealed that when cells are treated with photosensitive drugs and exposed to light of certain frequencies, they would die. This is the concept employed in photodynamic therapy (PDT). Here photosensitive drugs are administered to the affected area and a laser light is administered to activate a certain form of oxygen that would destroy cancerous cells. The timing has to be precise at a time when the drug is no longer in the healthy cells but still in the cancerous cells.

Gene therapy either adds or deletes genes to control cancerous growth

In a gene therapy, the genes of the cancerous cells are modified in one of two ways. Either the mutated gene or missing genes are replaced or the products of the oncogene are knocked off. Both techniques aim to reduce cell division.

Virotherapy breeds virus to attack infected cells

Advances in science have made it possible to manipulate organisms at gene level. Virotherapy is just one of the numerous means through which such manipulations can be beneficial to man. In virotherapy, a virus is modified in such a way that it attacks cancerous cells alone and then gets introduced into the body.

Other unconventional means as the experts suggest

There are several other unconventional means of mesothelioma treatment that have been employed by different people but be warned that before dabbling into any of those consult your professional healthcare provider first.

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The earlier methods in mesothelioma treatment have a lot of complexities.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Radiation and chemotherapy remove the healthy cells along with the infected cells.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Surgery cannot be carried out at the early stage.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Newer techniques prevent the loss of healthy cells and are more precise in target.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Virotherapy employs virus to kill infected cells.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Gene therapy is capable of manipulating the genes of infected cells.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Photodynamic therapy uses light to get rid of cancerous cells.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Biological therapy amplifies the immune response to effectively fight cancerous cells.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Anti-angiogenesis blocks the formation of new blood vessels.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Cells treated with photosensitive drugs will die when light at a particular wavelength is beamed on them.

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Mesothelioma Settlements and Legal Victories

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Most of the victims of mesothelioma have been linked to occupational hazard. In other words, the victims must have worked in industries where asbestos or their sub products are being produced. Most often, they ignorantly fail to protect themselves properly from these harmful dusts. When they finally come down with this disease, they tend to sue their companies as the cause of their woes and actually, they find no other alternatives than filing a lawsuit.

Many cases of mesothelioma can legally be resolved

Many of those who developed mesothelioma at varying ages have had their case heard in the court and resolutions reached. There was a case of a man who was exposed to asbestos while serving in the Navy and at the age of 67, he was attacked with mesothelioma. His case was legally resolved and after paying the entitlements of his attorney, he had $2.7 million to take home. Another man, aged 81, who worked in a paper mill, got 2.2 million dollars at the resolution of his case.

Asbestos workers are more susceptible to mesothelioma

Asbestos has been acclaimed the main cause of mesothelioma and a high percentage of asbestos workers get affected by mesothelioma at the later part of their life. A good number of those who served in the navy, at one capacity or the other become grounded with the disease at the later part of their life.

Working in some factory predisposes one to mesothelioma

There are certain occupations that predispose those to mesothelioma that work under them and one of them is working in a company that manufactures asbestos or incorporates it into the manufacture of other products. Other occupation that poses a great hazard includes; navy, Construction Company, paint manufacturing companies, paper mills and so on.

An attorney will help you get compensation

The best thing to do when you are diagnosed with mesothelioma (and you are certain it was an occupational hazard) is to hire a lawyer. The work of the lawyer would be to help you secure some compensation that would help you manage the disease for as long as possible. It will be their duty to negotiate for a compensation that would aid you for a long time.

Hiring an attorney is cost effective

It is a legal practice that the attorney would not collect money from you till the case has been brought to an end in your favor. It is at this point that they would take a certain percentage of the total money realized. Therefore, finance should never be your fear in giving the choice of an attorney a thought; other factors should rather preoccupy your mind.

Insist on an attorney that has a vast knowledge on mesothelioma settlement

The varying amount victims with mesothelioma get as compensation largely depends on the bargaining power of their lawyer. While some victims get as much as 2.7 million dollars as compensation, others will get a little above one million dollars. It is not enough to just hire any lawyer, getting a lawyer that is a professional in mesothelioma settle will greatly affect the amount of compensation one is bound to get.

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It has been established that the primary cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Many companies do little to protect their staff from asbestos dust.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There are mesothelioma cases that have been settled in court.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Victims receive as much as two million dollars as compensation.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Those in the Navy and asbestos manufacturing company are prone to mesothelioma.

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p<>{color:#000;}. It is the duty of a lawyer to decide the amount that should be paid as compensation.

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p<>{color:#000;}. A good attorney will get you a good bargain.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The wise thing to do when you are diagnosed of mesothelioma affected is to hire an attorney.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Attorneys will only collect their dues when the case has been settled and compensation paid.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The amount of compensation among victims varies depending on their lawyer.

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Efforts of Support Group for Mesothelioma Center

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One of the greatest challenges families and friends of those suffering from mesothelioma had in the past was getting the right information on how to care for them. This was particularly the case before the advent of the Internet. Then you would have to go through a pile of books in the library to scrape off the information you need. Now, things are a little different.

Information on mesothelioma can be acquired with the click of a button

The new age of technology and easy access to the internet have made it in such a way that any information you need on any subject is only a click away on whatever device you are using. Now, it is easy to acquire knowledge on the ailment which will further aid you to give palliative care to the victim.

Multilingual channels are available for non-English users

Most online resources are prepared in various translations or come along with the option to translate into various languages just in case English is not your first language. This move has further increased the assimilation of such information to millions of other people across the globe that does not have good knowledge of English.

There are conflicting information on mesothelioma

The easy with which anyone can upload anything on the internet has created more problem than they solved. The internet has become like a trash can where all sorts of rubbish are deposited. Anyone who owns and internet enabled device can open a blog, post on wiki or any of the social networking sites. This has made materials online totally unreliable.

Validate your information from trusted websites

Inasmuch as there is a lot of unreliable information on the web, there are still some domain names that does not allow for anonymous and unverified information to be put up on them. One way to know a good and trustworthy website is to read about their mission statement and about us page. A competent website will have a clear and well thought-out about page.

A cure might be tempting but will open you up to scam

Malignant cancer has been established to be without a cure and because of that, many of those who are diagnosed of mesothelioma would often jump at anything that sounds like a shot at a cure. Their very desperation opens them up to scammers who would feed on their desperation to swindle them of their hard earned money.

Any website promising cure to all forms of cancer is fraudulent

The FDA has warned cancer patients to be weary of websites that promise cure to all forms of cancer because they are usually fraudulent. Such websites would often spike you to act fast with phrases like ‘limited offer’ or ‘limited time’.

Chemo drugs churn out many side effects

When you see any information online, always compare it to what your physician has told you. For example, chemo drugs can result in nerve damage leading to tingling sensation, unlike many other drugs.

Cancer affects everyone differently

Just like the faces of everyone is different, so does cancer and several other illnesses manifest differently on different individuals. This is largely due to the level of each person’s immune system.

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The greatest challenge with mesothelioma is to get the right information.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Internet is constantly flooded with unreliable information.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Always compare the information you see online with what your physician said.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The ease of publication without any bar is ruining the integrity of the web.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There are channels that offer translations for non-English speakers.

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can validate the authenticity of a website using the “about us” page.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Be cautious of websites that offer cure to all forms of cancer.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Fraudulent websites have a way of acting on your sense of urgency.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The way a disease manifests on different patients usually depends on their immune system.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Some chemo drugs cause nerve damage.

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Possibilities of Targeted Therapies for Mesothelioma Treatment Compared with Current Chemotherapy

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Chemotherapy is one of the management options available at the moment for the treatment of mesothelioma. Chemotherapy involves the use of certain chemicals that have the potential of destroying the cancerous cells. Chemotherapy improves the chances of the patient’s survival but sadly, it does so by only a few months on the average.

Chemotherapy is usually a second line of action

For mesothelioma, there may be need to remove the tumor through surgical process before it is then followed up with chemotherapy. Because of the nature of the tumor, total removal by surgery may not be possible and the remaining tumor cells are targeted with chemotherapy.

Targeted therapies will focus more on the disease

Whereas chemotherapy is not specific and affects both healthy and diseased cell which makes it a potentially dangerous form of treatment for mesothelioma victims, a more specific treatment is the targeted therapy still under development by scientists. As the name goes, targeted therapy will aim to remove the diseased cells or stop them from developing. There are a number of them scientists are working on, for example anti-angiogenesis, virotherapy and so on.

Testing of the new drugs will take place in a scientifically sound manner

Some of the new drugs and targeted therapy techniques already developed are awaiting clinical trial. Since the trial will have to be done on humans and those with the disease, it is imperative that the test has to be carried out in a secure environment and in the best scientific manner so that the effectiveness of the agent against the disease can be properly monitored likewise the eventualities of any side effects.

Testing is often limited by volunteerism

The testing of new drugs is often limited by the amount of people willing to volunteer as test samples. There have been cases of volunteers in the past going through irreparable cellular or organ damage and sometimes death. Those sorts of stories often limit the will of those that have ailments under study from giving up themselves as test samples.

Remarkable progress has been recorded with GDC-0980

The use of GDC-0980 has provided some hope for those that have pleural mesothelioma. When the agent was used on a test subject, remarkable shrinking of the tumor was observed. However, fifteen percent of the test subject showed some side effects from GDC-0980 dozing which includes hyperglycemia and pneumonitis.

Virotherapy and anti-angiogenesis represent the future of mesothelioma treatment

While virotherapy will employ the services of genetically modified virus to attack tumor cells, anti-angiogenesis will prevent the formation of new blood vessels where the cancerous tumor multiplies. These two methods will have a near zero damage to normal cells which will help the patient build immunity against the diseased cell.

Targeted therapy will be the new adopted form of treatment

If all goes well, some of the old means of treatment and palliative care such as chemotherapy and surgery may be abandoned for targeted therapy because of its specificity to the disease. Targeted therapy has also shown more promise in eliminating the tumor more effectively that their predecessors.

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Chemotherapy uses a combination of chemicals to eliminate the tumor.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Chemotherapy and surgery were the only available form of treatment.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Chemotherapy can extend the life span of a mesothelioma patient by few months.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Targeted therapy will have less impact on normal cells.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There has been remarkable success in shrinking the tumor using targeted therapy under development.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Some of the targeted therapy under study is virotherapy and anti-angiogenesis.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Virotherapy will make use of virus to kill tumor cells.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Clinical trial is affected by the willingness of patients to volunteer.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Side effects and success have to be noted in drugs under study.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Targeted therapies will replace the current available forms of mesothelioma treatment.

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How Spirituality and Religion can Help People Cope with Mesothelioma

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It was Karl Max who said that religion is the opium of the masses. This is a queer comparative but looking at it objectively, religion and spirituality have a sort of nerve calming effect that opium has on their victims. This nerve calmness provides a sort of calmness that helps the victims cope with the pain.

Religion is the belief in a supernatural being

Every religion believes that there is a being out there who is more powerful than they are and whom they look up to solve many of their problems. Different religions have different beliefs and definition of their supreme being leading to controversy and sometimes religious rifts. While religion deals with a group of people, spirituality on the other is specific to individuals and one can be spiritual without being affiliated to any religion.

Most of the religions believe in afterlife

Almost all the religions of the world believe that the present life is a transient one and that when you die, you begin a life in another kind of realm which has no end. Christians believe that the good will be sent to heaven while the bad will be sent to hell. The idea that this life is merely transient and that there is a life after the current one which will bring so much relief to mesothelioma patients.

Mesothelioma patients would look up to their religious society for support

Stricken down by mesothelioma, many of the victims usually draw strength and hope from the prayers rendered by their religious groups. These prayers may keep them hoping for a miracle which is common among many religions. Praying rosaries by Catholics, for example, may bring some sort of comfort while to a Buddhist, meditation will bring enlightenment and pain relief.

Spiritual distress comes easily to mesothelioma victims

Many Christians and some other religions believe that sickness is a result of the person offending their maker in one way or the other – the punishment for their sin. This will lead to a feeling of being abandoned by their maker and religious community. Mesothelioma associated spiritual distress has been found through studies to be associated with poor devotion to medication and medical advice and depression.

Mesothelioma has no definitive cure

All the currently available interventions for mesothelioma treatment are geared towards reducing pain, prolonging life by few months and increasing general wellbeing. Those brought down by the element are already certain that their death will not be far off. The hope of a new and better life will give them a reason not to be depressed.

Religion can improve quality of life through behavioral change

When people become married to religion especially, they are told to refrain from drug and alcohol abuse. Excessive intake of alcohol, for example, exacerbates mesothelioma case. When religious people sense their death drawing near, they are usually overtly obedient as they try to seek the face of their maker. Such obedience will help them keep away from substances that naturally escalate their situation, reduce their anger and ensure that they enjoy their treatment regimen.

Physical wellbeing is linked to psychological wellbeing

If a person is sick in their head, it will definitely affect the health of their body and since religion and spirituality tackles the sickness in the reasoning, the bodily management becomes a lot easier.

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Spirituality is a personal relationship with a supernatural being.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Religion is a group’s view of a supernatural being.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Virtually all religion believes that there is a life beyond the current one.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Karl Max defined religion as the opium of the mind.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Difference in the belief of supernatural being is often the cause of religious rift.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Different religious rituals bring relief to mesothelioma patients.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Religious societies can provide comfort to mesothelioma victims.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Some religious people associate disease with sin.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There is no known total cure for mesothelioma presently.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Religion can make people change their way of life, taking up more healthy attitudes.

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How to Get Advanced Mesothelioma Treatment and Care

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Mesothelioma is undoubtedly the most difficult form of cancer to treat and is associated with those who have had exposure to asbestos. However, many of those afflicted with the disease are living longer as a result of great improvements in the treatment options offered by cutting edge technologies that has aided advanced scientific discoveries.

Certain conditions must be met for mesothelioma surgery

Before a doctor will settle for surgery to remove mesothelioma, it must have been established that the patient is strong enough to go under the knife and also withstand any complication that may arise thereafter.

Pleurectomy will delicately remove tumor

Pleurectomy is a delicate procedure and the purpose for this surgery is to remove mesothelioma associated tumor from the lungs, chest cavity and stomach walls. It is a delicate procedure because none of the organs are expected to be damaged in the process. For a total or near-total removal of the tumor, Extrapleural Pneumonectomy (EPP) is carried out because it allows other treatments to be given along with the surgical process.

Advanced care comes in when surgery is not possible

Two of the advanced cares that are crucial to the survival of a mesothelioma patient when they are too frail to undergo surgery are radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Chemotherapy can come before or after surgery while radiotherapy or radiation therapy employs beams to kill cancerous cells. Both techniques are very efficient in killing the tumor cells.

Alternative therapies help to alleviate the patient’s pain

When repeated chemotherapy is done, there are chances that the cancerous cells will grow resistant. Such advanced cases of mesothelioma can be dealt with using alternative therapy. Alternative therapy like massage and meditation will help to ease the pain of the patient.

Mesothelioma treatment has to be personalized

Personalized treatment is paramount because cancer manifests differently among individuals depending on varying factors like age, behavioral practices, nutrition and immunity. A personalized care will put all these into consideration and in so doing, a better treatment and success can be guaranteed.

More advanced treatments are in the pipeline

Technology is always evolving and so is healthcare which is one of the biggest consumers of technology improving with it. Some of the new advanced treatment scientists are working on includes gene therapy, viriotherapy and anti-angiogenesis.

Gene therapy aims to knock out a few genes in cancerous cells

When the gene responsible for cell division is knocked out of the rapidly dividing cancerous cells, what will follow is that the cells lose their ability to divide. They can then be shrunk or removed using other available means.

Viriotherapy calls friendly virus into action

Some viruses have been genetically modified so that they can only infect cancerous cells. Such viruses are injected into mesothelioma patients and they attack and destroy the tumor cells. Anti-angiogenesis on the other hand will halt the production of new blood vessels that will aid the attachment and multiplication of tumor cells.

Some hospitals are already offering such advanced care

There are a few hospitals around the globe that are already offering such advanced treatments for mesothelioma and you can research on them and book appointment with them if your other treatment options are failing.

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Mesothelioma is a difficult form of cancer to deal with.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Before surgery can be done, the patient has to be strong enough to withstand complications.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Advanced treatments are improving the quality and length of lives of victims.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Pleurectomy is the removal of tumor from stomach, chest and lungs.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Other forms of treatment can be done alongside surgery.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are two readily available advanced treatments.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mesothelioma tumor can become resistant to chemotherapy.

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p<>{color:#000;}. It is paramount that a mesothelioma treatment be patient specific.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There are a few hospitals that have begun administering other advanced treatments.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Viriotherapy, gene therapy and anti-angiogenesis are still under development.

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Current Progress in the Treatment of Mesothelioma

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Since the discovery of mesothelioma, scientists in the medical sector have been on their toes to discover a more efficient means of tackling the trauma. From genetic profiling of tumor to immunomodulation in mesothelioma, screening new therapies and epidemiologic study, the aim has remained the same – to curb the progression of the tumor and better the living condition of the afflicted.

Mesothelioma is associated with asbestos

Epidemiologic studies were effective in establishing the association of mesothelioma with asbestos. Like every other disease or health problems, the first step taken to solve the problem they present is to identify the causative agent or etiologic factor. The discovery of asbestos as the etiologic agent for mesothelioma has been a big breakthrough in its prevention.

Chemotherapy was among the first types of treatment for mesothelioma

When the problem of mesothelioma became a national issue, chemotherapy was one of the earliest forms of treatment that those with the problem were subjected to. Though it did not totally solve the problem in all cases, it helped to extend the life of the victims by a few months.

Asbestos stay in the lung tissues

When particles of asbestos are inhaled, they travel down to the lungs where they will be deposited in the lung tissues resulting in inflammation and collection of fluid in the region. The conglomeration of this and other activities results in the formation of tumor.

Mesothelioma tumor can be localized or widespread

When mesothelioma related tumor is formed, they can be malignant or benign. The benign one will remain localized in the point of formation while the malignant ones will quickly spread to the heart and chest cavity causing serious discomfort which may come with severe pain.

Mesothelioma has a low survival rate

The rate of survival of mesothelioma is very low. The median survival duration has been put at 14 months though with the current advances in the treatment options, this duration can be further extended by a few more months.

The low survival rate is associated with difficulty in diagnosis

No doubt, if there was a way of diagnosing this problem earlier, it would be much easier to tackle it. However, mesothelioma has a long latency period of sometimes up to fifty years in some patients and when it is discovered, the majority of the damage would have been done. Current research should focus on improving ways of diagnosing the problem.

The type of mesothelioma depends on the area most affected

It has become sort of a custom for cancer to take up the name of the area they affect that is why you will hear things like skin cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer and so on. Mesothelioma is a kind of lung cancer and the particular region they affect is often taken into notice. This has further subdivided mesothelioma into pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is more among males

Most males who have acquired mesothelioma do so as a result of occupational hazard and that is why, it is easy to understand that this ailment is more among men. A research with 751 patients having mesothelioma showed that 98% of them were males with average age of 61.

Advanced treatments will soon come to the rescue of mesothelioma victims

There are current advanced treatments the researchers are currently developing to tackle this scourge, mesothelioma. When they finally become commercial, some of them will have the potential of extending the life span of the victims over a longer period.

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Mesothelioma is a form of cancer associated with asbestos.

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p<>{color:#000;}. One of the earliest methods for managing the ailment was the use of chemotherapy.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Epidemiologic study helped to prove the association of asbestos to mesothelioma.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Males are more susceptible to mesothelioma and this is because of their occupation.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Cancers are named after the region of the body they affect.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The difficulty of early diagnosis is making treatment of mesothelioma difficult.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The median survival duration of those with advanced mesothelioma is about 14 months.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Advanced therapies will try to reduce the mortality rated of mesothelioma patients.

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p<>{color:#000;}. If methods can be developed to diagnose mesothelioma at the early stage, survival rate will be improved.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mesothelioma has a long latency period.

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All about Mesothelioma and Low Cost of Treatment in New Delhi

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Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. The current treatment options aims to help relieve the pain the patient feels. The current treatment options are also very expensive which has necessitated those who fell to mesothelioma to seek for cheap treatment opportunities. New Delhi is one of the most reliable places in the world that is renowned for mesothelioma treatment at a cheap rate.

Mesothelioma is often an occupational hazard

Research has shown that majority – if not all – people who developed mesothelioma in the later part of their life must have been exposed to asbestos while working in one occupation or the other during the earlier part of their life.

Jobs that predispose people to mesothelioma

Those who work in places where they are constantly exposed to asbestos are more likely to come down with mesothelioma. A number of jobs that predispose the workers to mesothelioma in the later part of their life include paper mills, navy, paint companies, asbestos company and so on. Some of these asbestos workers can carry dust fibers of these dangerous elements on their clothes and when they get home, on removing their clothes would spread these substances in the air, putting their family members at risk.

There are different types of mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is named depending on the part of the body where they affect – and this is often the general nomenclature of cancer. Malignant mesothelioma affects the tissues of the lungs and the most common form of mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma affects the tissues of the abdomen, pericardial mesothelioma affects the tissue surrounding the heart. Tunica mesothelioma occurs in the lining that surrounds the testicles.

Symptoms of mesothelioma depend on the area affected

The symptom of pleural mesothelioma would resemble those of respiratory tract infection presenting signs like shortness of breath, chest pain under the ribs, painful coughing, dry unproductive cough and lump under the skin of your chest. Peritoneal mesothelioma, on the other hand, presents such signs as abdominal pain, swelling of the abdomen, unexplained weight loss and lump of tissue in the abdomen. The symptoms presented by pericardial and tunica vaginalis is still unclear.

Mesothelioma begins when the cells go through mutation

Cells in the body multiply till they get in contact with other cells, then they stop multiplying. This is the way the body controls cell division. However, due to certain genetic mutation, the cells lose their ability to stop dividing leading to the formation of a mass of cell called tumor. Cancerous cells can metastasize, that is, break off from original point of occurrence to affect other places. The cause of the initial mutation is not known.

Asbestos may not be the only factor that affects development of mesothelioma

There are some people who have a prolonged exposure to asbestos but do not come down with mesothelioma. On the other hand, there are people with only brief exposure but will come down with mesothelioma. This is to say that there are other factors associated with mesothelioma development other than just exposure to asbestos. Research has shown that people can inherit factors that predispose them to mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma has a long latency period

Mesothelioma can take 30 to 40 years before presenting symptoms. Someone with a huge exposure at early age will only show sign at old age. The long latency period also affects the possibility of developing a cure for the ailment. If there was a way it could be detected earlier, then it may be possible to nip it in the bud.

New Delhi has low cost treatment

So far, New Delhi appears to be the place where mesothelioma victims can have a sigh of relief in terms of cost of treatment. Hospitals in New Delhi treat mesothelioma at the lowest cost compared to other regions of the world. The efficacy of their treatment has to do with the ultramodern technological equipment they possess.

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Mesothelioma is differentiated based on the affected part of the body.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Different mesothelioma forms present different signs and symptoms.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The cost of treatment of mesothelioma in New Delhi is usually cheaper than in the West.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There are factors other than asbestos that predispose one to mesothelioma.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mesothelioma has a long latency period of thirty to forty years.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Development of mesothelioma is often referred to as occupational hazard.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Those who come down to mesothelioma often seek treatment at low cost.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mesothelioma occurs as a result of mutation in the cell.

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p<>{color:#000;}. When cancerous cells break off to new areas, they are said to have metastasized.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The cause of mutation of cells is not fully known.

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Medical Handling of Mesothelioma Associated Depression

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Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that has been attributed to exposure to asbestos. Hence, most of the patients that become diagnosed with mesothelioma are those that worked in factories where asbestos were produced. Depression sets in because they feel betrayed and abandoned and would often blame their employers for their condition.

Depression has a number of symptoms

Those who are depressed will express one or more of the following attributes; feeling of sadness on a daily basis, too much or too little sleep, loss of interest in otherwise exciting activities, they tend to isolate themselves from the society and will have persistent lack of energy, motivation and show poor concentration and understanding. It should be noted that depression goes beyond a mere feeling of sadness or grieving losses that has to do with the diagnosis of cancer.

Certain factors increase the risk of depression among mesothelioma patients

Sadly, there has been no definitive therapy known to cure mesothelioma completely. The fear of death would become imminent. This elevated fear has the power to send the patient into depression. They will also need to adjust to the changes in their body and treatment schedules which are not particularly tasteful. Other factors that may lead to depression are feeling of anger or denial, anxiety and change in sleep and diet.

Levels of depression tolerance varies among patients

Patients with existing history of depression may find it more difficult coping with the depression that comes with mesothelioma. Depression can be worsened if one is diagnosed with an advanced or incurable form of cancer. Poor social support system and history of drug or alcohol abuse can also limit the level of tolerance of patients with mesothelioma associated depression.

The national cancer institute has researched into depression among mesothelioma patients

According to the report by the National Cancer Institute, fifteen to twenty five percent of cancer patients experience some forms of depression. Depression is not gender dependent, meaning that it affects males and females equally. As of now, there is no available data on the incidence of depression among mesothelioma patients.

Antidepressants can be used to assist mesothelioma patients suffering depression

Fortunately, depression among mesothelioma patients can be cured using antidepressants. There are a number of them available. Patients need to understand that they may have to try a few of the different types of antidepressants to discover the one that works for them. Antidepressants usually take four to six weeks to work. Therefore patients should not be hasty in judging the effectiveness of a particular medication.

Antidepressants work by slowly restoring the balance in neurotransmitters

The communication in the brain cells occurs with the help of neurotransmitters. Some of the neurotransmitters are dopamine, serotonin, glutamate and adrenalin. These neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine) occur in abnormal level in the brains of depressed people resulting in poor communication among brain cells.

Antidepressants are constantly modified

The new antidepressants include Cymbalta, Prozac, Effexor, celexa, paxil, Zoloft and Lexapro. These newer antidepressants resulted from the modification of the older or atypical ones such as trazodone, wellbutrin, amitriptyline and nortriptyline. Physicians would mostly prescribe the newer ones but revert to the older ones if the new ones failed.

Antidepressants may present notable side effects

Abuse of antidepressants may worsen the side effect which is why patients need to stick with the prescription of their physician. Some of the notable side effects are, difficulty in sleeping, mild nausea and dry mouth which may last for a few days of commencement of the treatment. Within three to five day, the side effects usually subside.

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Asbestos is the leading cause of mesothelioma.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Anxiety and fear of death can increase depression among patients.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Most mesothelioma patients have had prolonged exposure to asbestos.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Symptoms of depression vary among patients.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Patients that inherited some form of depression disorder will have a lower tolerance to depression.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Brain cells communicate using neurotransmitters.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Incidence of depression among mesothelioma patients has not been properly documented.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Antidepressants can reduce depression.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Antidepressant works by restoring the balance of neurotransmitters.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There has been constant modification of antidepressants.

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Mesothelioma Cancer (Volume 2)

  • ISBN: 9781370942770
  • Author: Word Chapter
  • Published: 2016-09-09 18:05:09
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