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Mesothelioma Cancer (Volume 4)

MESOTHELIOMA CANCER (VOLUME 4)

 

 

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Mesothelioma Cancer (Volume 4)

Copyright © 2016 by Word Chapter

 

 

 

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Mesothelioma Mind-Body Palliative Therapy

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When a patient is diagnosed of cancer, breaking the news to him or her can set in a psychological or emotional distress or both. This happens to most of the cancer patients. Main stream medicine will focus on reducing the spread of the cancer and limiting the tumor. The psychological healing is usually achieved through complementary therapy.

There are three main mind-body therapies for cancer psychological healing

There has been ongoing research on the different mind-body therapies in recent times. The aim of the research has been to find out if the so-called mind-body therapies had any positive impact on the cancer patients. The findings confirmed the therapy safe and of great benefit to those who practice it. The three widely known mind-body therapies are Yoga, qingong and tai chi.

Mind body therapies can improve symptoms of mesothelioma

Constant and prolonged inhalation of asbestos particles has been proven to be the root cause of mesothelioma. The onset of mesothelioma usually presents symptoms that can be improved using the mind-body therapy. Mind-body therapy improves breathing, fatigue, sleep,pain, anxiety and depression which will help the patient live a more fulfilled life.

Yoga originated from India over five thousand years ago

The main focus of yoga is breathing and meditation which is meant to improve self-awareness. There are numerous yoga poses that tend to either strengthen the body or improve flexibility so that meditation can be carried on for longer period. The emphasis of yoga is to unite body movement with mental focus and intentional breathing. This will eliminate to a large extent the breathing problems mesothelioma patients encounter.

Regular yoga practice is known to have a variety of outcome

What can be achieved with the constant practice of yoga includes reduction in asthma symptoms, improve sleep quality, ease dyspnea, treat anxiety and depression, reduce stress, and generally improve the quality of life.

Not all yoga poses is recommended for cancer patients

There are some yoga poses that can only be pulled off by a healthy individual. Such poses are not recommended for cancer patients because they may do more harm than good. Only the gentle forms have been considered safe for cancer patients.

Restorative yoga uses props to support a person in a relaxing pose

There is a misconception that you need to have a certain level of fitness to be able to practice yoga. This is not true. Props such as pillow, chair, straps, blankets, blocks and so on can be used to modify a yoga pose so that it can be easily pulled off by a cancer patient. This is usually the form taught in classes that have been structured for cancer patients. Cancer survivors are obliged to try the more athletic forms of yoga such as Bikram, Power yoga and Yogafit.

Lung cancer makes breathing difficult

Breathing is one of the involuntary actions that do not need interruption. When breathing becomes voluntary, that is, you find yourself struggling to breath then you know there is a huge problem somewhere. Insufficient breathing can lead to the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the body and shortage of oxygen which can spell doom for the individual. Yoga has been shown to increase the amount of exhaled air in a research conducted by Wayne State University, Michigan.

Yoga breathing technique has helped people cope with the side effects of chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is one of the foremost cures for cancer and its used has continued up to today. Chemotherapy presents a lot of side effects which can be reduced through the breathing techniques of yoga.

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Yoga helps to improve the side effects of chemotherapy.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Inhalation of asbestos particle is the cause of mesothelioma.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Cancer diagnosis can set off psychological trauma in patients.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Anyone can practice yoga.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There are three mind-body therapies used to improve psychological trauma in cancer patients.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Yoga began in India over five thousand years ago.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Lung cancer can make breathing difficult and this can lead to more complex problems.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Regular practice of yoga can improve the life of the victim.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Yoga focuses on breathing and meditation.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Stressful forms of yoga are not recommended for cancer patients.

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Homeopathy Therapy for Mesothelioma Treatment

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Mesothelioma is particularly a problem because of the symptoms associated with it. Different mechanisms and medical practices have been employed over the years as a way of alleviating some of the sufferings mesothelioma patients go through. Different remedies have different approach in the way they function.

Homeopathy employs a nontraditional treatment

Homeopathy works by stimulating the body’s ability for self-healing using natural remedies. Homeopathy practice believes that natural remedies can be used to cure a disease. Homeopathy is becoming a widely practiced therapy for mesothelioma cure and focuses on improving the person’s immunity to a particular disease of illness.

Substances used for homeopathy elicit symptoms similar to the disease

It has been shown that the substances used for homeopathy tend to trigger minor symptoms that look similar to that of the disease thereby activating the body cells clear them from the system. It is like countering the disease with natural remedies that cause the main symptoms of the disease. A good illustration of how homeopathy works is using natural remedies that cause diarrhea to counter diarrhea.

A Danish-American, Hans Burch Gram brought homeopathy to US

As of 2006, a total of nine hundred thousand children and 3.9 million US adults have used homeopathy. This was reported in a survey carried out by the National Health Interview Survey carried out the following year. The survey also covered those that used alternative and complementary therapies.

The substances taken in homeopathy are of small doses

It is reasoned that the smaller the dosage of the plant, animal or mineral substance taken, the more effective the process would be. The shaking of these diluted substances is called potentization. This step is believed to transfer some form of energy or information into the original substance to give the final diluted remedy which stimulates the body into express its healing power.

Homeopathy prevents the side effects produced by the traditional cure for cancer

One of the main therapies usually resorted to for the treatment of cancer patients is chemotherapy. Radiation therapy is an emerging means of treatment. The two mentioned therapy both eliminate healthy cells and usually comes with a lot of side effects like weight loss, alopecia, nausea, depression and so on. As homeopathy uses natural substances, it is less likely to initiate side effects like the synthetic drugs.

Homeopathy is effective against skin irritations caused by radiation

The use of radiation therapy often leads to skin irritations. These irritations are often causes a lot of discomfort. A number of homeopathic remedies such as apismellifica, belladonna, psorinum, causticum, fluoricumacidum and gamma-ray have been known to provide some level of relief for such patients.

Homeopathy should be used under the supervision of a professional

The ease with which homeopathy can be done makes it tempting for people to easily indulge in them. It is OK for anyone to try to use homeopathy as a remedy for some of the minor illnesses like cold but you should never try to use homeopathy for the treatment of the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy except under the supervision of a professional homeopath.

Many doctors have accepted the use of homeopathy

A 2005 study analyzed the efficacy of homeopathic remedies for cancer. The guidelines set by Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS) have to be strictly adhered to. Homeopathy does not need doctor’s prescription and recommendation but when it has claimed to cure cancer, it has to be prescribed before it is sold. However, in the treatment of cancer, every possibility has to be given a chance.

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The different cancer therapies remedies work differently.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Homeopathy makes use of natural substances to stimulate the body’s defense.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Symptoms similar to that of the disease are triggered by homeopathy.

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p<>{color:#000;}. As of 2006 many US citizens have used homeopathy or complimentary therapies.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Potentization is the shaking of the substance to be used for homeopathy.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Homeopathy makes use of dilute small amount of substances.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Homeopathy is less likely to elicit side effects.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Chemotherapy and radiation are the two commonly used cancer therapy.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Radiation therapy results in skin irritation that can be relieved by homeopathy.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Homeopathy should be done under supervision of a professional.

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The Impact of Nutrition on Cancer

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We all need food to survive. The need for a proper and adequate nutrition is even more pressing for cancer victims. When the news of cancer is broken to victims, they often begin to emaciate because of psychological distress. The excessive loss of weight has been known to have a negative impact on their prognosis.

Dietary changes can be effective in helping cancer patients cope with the situation

A balanced diet is one that contains all the nutrients needed by the body in the right proportion. When a cancer patient is fed with balanced diet, it helps them to maintain a high energy level and reduce weight loss. A balanced diet will also help the body to fight off infections and help them recover quickly from opportunistic infections.

Diet can make coping with various side effects of mesothelioma treatment easier

One of the emerging therapies that have a wide usage is radiation therapy. Ionizing radiation is focused at the position of the cancerous tumor to try and kill the actively dividing cells to stop them from dividing further. This therapy comes with a number of side effects which can be ameliorated by giving the patient a balanced diet.

Patients can become confused of the most suitable nutrition

No doubt, there is a vast amount of foods to choose from and for a patient trying to use diet to fight the cancer but it may become confusing picking the right diet that would help their condition. At this point, it is important they seek advice from a professional registered dietitian. They will provide the patient with handy information on their nutrition.

My Plate replaced the Food Guide Pyramid

This piece of documents was the place people turned to years ago for dietary guide. Many years after the existence of Food Guide Pyramid, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) changed it to My Plate. My plate still defaulted in giving the people healthy diet nutrition.

The lacuna created by the first two documents was filled by Healthy Eating Plate

Since the first two dietary guides did not make it explanatory on what a healthy diet constitutes, there was a need for it to be modified. To that effect, the Harvard School of Public Health came up with the Healthy Eating Plate which contained guidelines on the composition of a healthy diet with pictures to show how the rations should look on your plate.

Food supplements may become a necessity

For a cancer patient, even the Healthy Eating Plate may not be enough to give them the nutrition and energy to stay awake, therefore, their dietician or doctor may place them on additional nutritional supplements. Note that most of the available supplements will interfere with your treatment and should be avoided. This is why your oncologist has to be the one to decide if you need one.

Treatment can affect your appetite for food

It has been proven that every patient will undergo some changes in their ability to eat when they are sick or when they are undergoing treatment. It is good to work with your dietician upfront to limit the impact of this treatment on your appetite.

A healthy weight before surgery will help your wounds heal faster

Surgery is often used to remove the cancerous tumor. Some surgery makes matters complex because you may need to be fed intravenously. Gaining some weight if you are underweight can help your wounds heal faster and help your body fight off infections. Mesothelioma survivors greatly benefit from food and herbs as it has been reported that a pleural mesothelioma patient survived seven years without chemotherapy but by simply changing nutritional regimen.

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Being diagnosed of cancer can bring psychological trauma.

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p<>{color:#000;}. A balanced diet contains the right proportion of nutrients.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Balanced diet can reduce the side effects of radiation treatment.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Infections can be fought with balanced diet.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Gaining weight before surgery can help wounds heal faster.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Sickness in general is bound to affect your appetite.

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p<>{color:#000;}. A cancer patient may find it hard picking the right food.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Dieticians will advise a patient on what to eat.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Food supplement interferes with cancer treatment.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Surgery can make eating difficult.

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Herbal Medicine for the Cure of Mesothelioma

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Alternative medicine is one of the most explored treatment options for the cure of mesothelioma. There is currently no cure for mesothelioma and the available remedies especially those of the mainstream medicine usually leave the patient with lots of undesired side effects. Many mesothelioma patients have pitched their tent with herbal remedies to alleviate the side effects of the mainstream treatment.

The use of herbs to cure diseases started a long time ago

Long before modern medicine arrived, people have been falling sick and the only means of treating them has been through the use of herbs. Then, they created remedies for most diseases by combining leaves or seeds or roots and sometimes bark of trees which they cook together and the patient is expected to drink the liquid extract.

The invention of laboratory drugs led to the death of use of herbs

It is sad that the growth of laboratory tested drugs led to the death of herbal therapies. Over the years, people have lost trust in the use of herbs to cure illness. However, Eastern medicines still incorporates herbs in the treatment of cancer. However, the practice became accepted in the West only recently. Country like China started the practice over hundred years ago.

Research has shown that herbs show some promise in the treatment of cancer

Some studies have been carried out to show the effect of herbs in the treatment of cancer. One of such clinical trials has showed that some selected herbs can limit the growth of tumor and metastasis. Other milestones that herbal therapies were shown to achieve were reducing the side effect of chemotherapy, boost the patient’s immune system, support overall wellness and reduce the symptoms of cancer.

Herbal remedies have gone through some metamorphosis

Like mentioned earlier, herbal remedies in the past was majorly in the form of fluid that would be drunk by the patient, however, herbal manufacturing companies process herbal medicines into capsules or tablets, tinctures or teas and creams now. The new form of presentation is making it more acceptable among the general population.

Many drugs used for mesothelioma treatment are semi-synthetic

Synthetic drugs are those that are formulated totally in the labs but semi-synthetic drugs have herbs and other organic components as their content. Some mesothelioma drugs are semi-synthetic like taxol (derived from yew tree bark). Manufacturers usually add a lot of stabilizing chemicals and fillers though some herbalist believes these additions will reduce the strength of the drug.

FDA categorizes most herbs as GRAS (generally recognized as safe)

Herbs that as designated as GRAS by FDA means their use have not been shown to cause any harm to the patient. This does not mean that patients should abuse these herbs. Since herbs are also drugs, their use should be under the supervision of herbalists, naturopath and other medical professional with the pre-requisite license.

Marijuana has been clinically proven to be of great benefit to cancer patients

Though it is an offense to sell and use marijuana (Cannabis sativa) under the federal law for many countries, it has been approved in twenty States of the US as recreational material and in two States for medical purposes particularly treatment of pain associated with cancer.

Clinical trials of marijuana has identified a number of benefits it has

Mesothelioma patients are often confronted by intense pain and several other symptoms arising from chemotherapy and radiation treatment. The use of marijuana for those patients has been shown to reduce pain, nausea, anxiety and cause improvement in appetite and sleep.

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Herbal remedies have been positive in reduction of chemotherapy side effects.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Symptoms of mesothelioma can be reduced by herbal therapies.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Use of herbs for treatment of diseases started a long time ago.

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p<>{color:#000;}. In China, herbs are incorporated into drugs.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The change in the packaging of herbal medicines has increased its acceptance.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Use of marijuana as a recreational drug is banned in many countries.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Herbs can reduce growth of cancer tumor.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The FDA classifies most herbs under GRAS.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Use of herbs should be under the supervision of a licensed professional.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Marijuana is particularly used to reduce the pains of cancer patients.

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Energy Therapies for the Cure of Mesothelioma

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Energy therapy is not a new practice and the use is based on the belief that diseases or illness result from energy imbalance in the body. Energy therapy employs several energy techniques such as use of light energy or sound energy to treat various diseases and eliminate their symptoms.

Energy therapies are classified under alternative therapies

Alternative therapies cover all those other forms of treatment that does not follow the conventional medical practices. Energy therapy focuses on restoring balance, peace and health of the patient. The most popular of all the energy therapies are the therapeutic touch, Reiki and music therapy.

Energy therapy refers to the existence of an energy field in nature

NCCAM (the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) introduced this therapy by separating two kinds of energy from its original source. They did this using two classification methods which are measurable and scientifically proven energy and the non-proven energy (putative energy).

Energy therapies cannot replace traditional treatment

So far, it has shown that energy therapy cannot be used in isolation because it cannot provide direct cure to the patient. It is mostly used as a complementary therapy side by side with the traditional treatment. The role of energy therapy is to help the patient relax and in general improve the quality of their life especially among mesothelioma patients.

Doctors employ veritable energy in diagnosis and cure of cancer

Veritable energies such as vibration, monochromatic radiations and lights have been employed in the treatment of cancer. When this high energy is channeled on the tumor cells, they usually cause them to shrink or die. A good example is the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and laser for surgery and radiotherapy. In this group, sound energy is the least researched.

Putative therapies believe people possess some form of energy within them

Reiki and therapeutic touch are the widely used putative therapies and their use reflects the belief in the possession of subtle energy by people which cannot be quantified by modern science. In traditional Chinese medicine, this energy is called ‘qi’ while in Ayurveda it is called ‘prana’.

Music therapy is used by professionals to initiate relaxation

Many of the alternative therapy aim to improve the quality of life of the cancer patient, and this is what sound therapy also aims to achieve. The reduction of psychological stress will improve the well-being of the patient and sometimes, will lead to reduction of the bite of the symptoms of mesothelioma.

Music therapy has been shown to have other benefits on the patients

Besides initiating relaxation in the patient, music therapy (as tailored by professionals) have been shown to prevent other terminal illnesses from developing in mesothelioma patients. Illnesses or health conditions such as heart attack, high blood pressure, insomnia, depression and other breathing problems can be prevented by music therapy.

Touch therapy is used to send energy into the body

It is believed by practitioners who use touch therapy that massaging or touching the body in some ways will send energy into the body or cause a balance in the body’s energy. However, some people have argued that the benefit is psychological or biological in terms of enhancing blood flow round the body.

Chakra balancing tends to cleanse the body and balance the life-force energy

Alternative energy healers would usually employ chakra balancing to balance out your life-force energy and there are several ways this can be done. Chakra originated from India and some chakras involve the use of stones, crystals and essential oils or meditations to restore balance.

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The two main forms of energies employed in energy therapy are light and sound.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Some energy is scientifically verifiable while others are not.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Energy therapy is under alternative therapies.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Energy therapy focuses on restoring the energy balance of the body.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Cancer treatment is not always done with energy therapy alone.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Energy therapy is mostly used to induce relaxation.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Sound therapy can be used to prevent other illnesses besides cancer.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Energy therapy can make cancer symptoms less severe.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Touch therapy is used to send energy into the body.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Chakra originated from India.

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Coping with Mesothelioma Treatment

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The patients who are newly diagnosed with mesothelioma are often overwhelmed by myriads of thoughts and feelings. They feel their days are running short; they lose the purpose of living and this creates a huge problem for them in coping with the often rigorous treatment process. Research has shown that mesothelioma diagnosis makes people feel vulnerable and threatened.

Mesothelioma sufferers need counseling

To help the victims of mesothelioma have a positive mind frame for their ailment, they need to be counseled. A counselor who has worked for over twenty years with the victims of cancer recounts what it felt like helping them cope with the turbulent emotions from diagnosis right to the end of the treatment.

Terminal illnesses elicit the same negative emotions

All sorts of illness that do not have a definite cure make the sufferers feel vulnerable and threatened too, just like the same feeling that those newly diagnosed of mesothelioma feel. A few of such illnesses include stroke, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and so on.

Counselors help the patients rediscover their strength

To make the patient rediscover his/her strength, the first step that counselors will take is to ask the patient to recall a difficult (seemingly impossible) moment in their past which may be related to job stress, loss of loved one, a divorce or surgeries. The counselor will then make a list of all the challenges the patient has gone through and then discuss the strategies with the patient they used to pull through.

The counselor will share important tips on coping with cancer

Over the years, many people have devised techniques of coping with cancer. Most of the techniques do not have therapeutic effect on their own but can help the patient achieve mental stability. Some of the helpful strategies a counselor will suggest include connecting with the patient’s faith, joining a support group, discussing the pain with a loved one and practicing patience and hopefulness.

Victims of mesothelioma will often find the treatment option challenging

Like mentioned earlier, the treatment option for mesothelioma is complex and may involve one or a combination of the following: chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. The choice of treatment is usually stipulated by the stage of the cancer and the overall health status of the patient.

Surgeries aim to remove the tumor

Cancers usually lead to the formation of a lump mass of continuously dividing cells which could cause further complications such as blocking of blood vessels if left unchecked. Invasive surgeries like extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) and pleurectomy or decortication are used to get rid of as much of the cancer as possible.

Chemotherapy may lead to side effects

Most often, surgery is followed up with chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is usually not as invasive as surgery but can lead to a lot of side effects such as nausea, fatigue, tingling sensation and pain. When radiation is employed, it may cause burning of the skin in the area the radiation was given.

The treatment options do not make patients feel better

Normally, one would expect that having knowledge of the treatment options will make the patient feel better but that is not so. Counselors who have been working with mesothelioma patients undergoing treatment have shown that the treatment options do not make them feel better and this must be related to the knowledge of the side effects.

The American Cancer Society has a guide to help patients cope with the situation

The guide makes it clear to patient that it takes time to adjust which is crucial in erasing the pressure on them to do so. The guide also provides more insights into the treatment options and encourages patients to find time to exercise.

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Mesothelioma is an asbestos linked cancer.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Diagnosis and treatment of a mesothelioma patient are a crucial stage to pass.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Diagnosis of mesothelioma cancer brings along negative emotions in the patient.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Counselors help the patient to find their inner strength.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Research has shown that the treatment options do not make the victim feel better.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Surgery is used to remove tumor that may cure mesothelioma.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Most of the treatment options come with side effects.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Connecting with faith will help the patient cope with the treatment.

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p<>{color:#000;}. American Cancer Society has produced a guide for cancer victims.

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p<>{color:#000;}. All illnesses with no definitive cure generate dejection and helplessness.

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Benefits of Alternative Medication for Mesothelioma and Online Support

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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is becoming the resort of mesothelioma patients because they often provide little or no side effects. The reason why victims of mesothelioma will turn to complementary and alternative medicine is – the mainstream medicine lacks the capability of providing a holistic cure for the ailment.

Traditional treatment options have a lot of side effects

Sometimes it is hard to tell which kills the victim faster, the cancer or the side effects from treatment. The use of mainstream treatment options such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy is marred by the wide array of side effects they present. Some of the common side effects include alopecia, fatigue, localized or disseminated pain and digestion problems as well as skin burns.

Complementary and alternative medication has subdivisions

CAM can be grouped into exercise, energy therapy and spiritual therapy. Mind-body technique and nutritional therapy also belong to this category. They are either used alone or in combination and each of them has a different philosophy and guiding principle.

Alternative medical system encompasses many practices

The main medications that are classified under alternative medication include traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture, naturopathy, Ayurveda and homeopathy. There are Ayurveda forms that include supplements such as ashwagandha, curcumin and tulsi. Curcumin and Asian spice which are also a bioactive ingredient available in turmeric.

Acupuncture has a strong foot in the United States

Acupuncture has been proven to be effective in relieving pain of many forms and at one point was considered a novel upsurge of inquisitiveness in the United States. The wide acceptance can be viewed through the eyes of the increasing number of insurance companies that are providing coverage for the treatment.

Acupuncture can limit the side effects from mainstream mesothelioma treatment

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the two main treatment options that provide the most side effects. After several evaluations through clinical trials, the World Health Organization (WHO) came to a conclusion that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of adverse reactions arising from the use of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It was also shown to provide relief from headache, depression, vomiting and nausea.

There is ongoing research on CAM

The ray of hope provided by Complementary and Alternative Medicine has sparked further research into how they can be effectively and safely incorporated into mesothelioma treatment. The need for further research into CAM is a matter of urgency because of the narrow treatment options currently available to victims of mesothelioma. The result may not be far off as there are ongoing researches on CAM spearheaded by cancer research centers and universities.

Different CAM therapies focus on a particular sphere of healing

As discussed above, the different CAMs that have been employed for treatment so far have a guiding principle and aim at achieving a particular purpose. More purpose can be achieved when they are used in combination. 

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Manipulative and body-based methods: employ movements of certain parts of the body to treat various conditions. Common forms are chiropractic and therapeutic massage.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Energy therapy: tries to balance the internal and external energies.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Exercise therapy: harnesses body movements, breathing and stretching to improve emotional and mental awareness.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mind-body interventions: employ meditation, relaxation therapies, hypnosis, art and music to help patients cope with the side effects.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Spiritual therapy: the common form is prayer to improve the mental state of the patient.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Nutritional therapy: encourages eating the right meal to improve the innate defense mechanism of the body.

Involve your oncologist if you take to CAM

Your oncologist will be in the best position to tell you which therapies to use in combination and which to avoid depending on your health state and the progression of the cancer. In fact, consulting a specialist is very important before going through every stage of CAM.

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Acupuncture is widely accepted in the US.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Many insurance companies cover CAM treatment now.

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p<>{color:#000;}. CAM has a number of subdivisions.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Each form of CAM aims to achieve a particular purpose.

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p<>{color:#000;}. CAM has been effective in eliminating some of the side effects from chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Victims of mesothelioma currently have narrow treatment options.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mainstream treatment of mesothelioma is not holistic.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Chemotherapy and radiation produce the most side effects.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Prayer is the most common form of spiritual therapy.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Always involve your oncologist when using CAM.

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Bathroom Safety Tips for Cancer Patients

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Bathroom is an essential part of the home that patients who have health challenges should critically consider before moving in. People suffering from a number of diseases need extra cautions to use a bathroom. Although the ways of taking safety measures for particular health challenge are different, proper consideration about the kind of difficulties faced by the patient is necessary. Patients suffering from cancer such as mesothelioma can also experience some difficulties in using the bathtub.

Anxiety in mesothelioma patients may cause them slip

Using the bathroom requires full consciousness which is often lacking in mesothelioma victims. It has been shown that those diagnosed with mesothelioma become anxious and sometimes desperate which robs them of full mental focus. Anxiety in the bathroom will ultimately increase the likelihood of slipping.

Weak muscles and bones of aged mesothelioma patients need extra care

Mesothelioma is usually regarded as the cancer of the old because its manifestation comes at the later part of the lives of those who have had serious exposure to asbestos in their younger ages. Majority of the diagnosis are made in people above fifty years. At this age, the bones and muscles must have begun to wear out and the troubles of mesothelioma will further complicate the ease with which they can get in and out of the bathtub.

Mesothelioma causes weakness and fatigue

Research has shown that a good number of those diagnosed with mesothelioma will at one point in their life time be overwhelmed by gross body weakness and fatigue. At such point, climbing in and out of the bathtub may be not only difficult but also dangerous considering that wet floor should be slippery – even for those with strong feet.

Bathrooms recorded as an alarming number of non-fatal injuries in 2008

The Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) released a study it carried out in 2008 on non-fatal bathroom injuries. The study showed that there were over two hundred and thirty thousand cases of bathroom injuries involving people mostly from fifteen years and older. According to the report, about eighty percent of those injuries were sustained by fall. Any of such additional injury for a mesothelioma victim will compound their problem and trauma.

Bathroom can be used to provide relief

Irrespective of the dangers associated with bathroom, there is still nothing as nerve calming and relaxing as a warm shower on a chilly day. Taking a dive into a bubble filled bathtub can provide a break from the pool of troubles a debilitating illness can bring. Rather than abandoning the bathroom altogether, a few drastic alterations in the configuration of your bathroom can prove the needed respite.

Bathroom modification will help to prevent injuries

As a mesothelioma victim, even the smallest modification like installing grab bars and seat in the shower can be of tremendous help in reducing the likelihood of a fall and injuries. A number of organizations including the Center for Disease Control and the Home Safety Council have suggested ways in which caregivers can make bathroom safer for use. Some of their suggestions are as follows:

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Installing a bath bench or chair in the tub so that you can easily sit and shower.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Use of shower curtain made from heavy plastic.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Lining the hard edges of the bathtub with a sidewall cushion.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Keeping shampoo and soaps within reach.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Use of footwear that are resistant to slipping.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Make sure the water in the tub empties out before leaving.

The watchful eyes of a caregiver may be needed

The bathroom is a place of privacy but when absolutely necessary the privacy can be sacrificed for a caregiver to come in and supervise the bathing process to make sure that nothing goes wrong especially with very old patients.

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Bathroom is an essential part of a home.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Climbing in and out of a bathtub can be challenging for mesothelioma patients.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mesothelioma is an asbestos linked cancer that usually affects in old age.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mesothelioma has a long latency period and mostly manifest after middle age.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Weakness and fatigue are common among mesothelioma victims.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Center for Disease Control Prevention of 2008 reported alarming number of bathroom falls.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mesothelioma victims will find additional injuries hard to handle.

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p<>{color:#000;}. A warm shower is always nerve calming and relaxing for a mesothelioma patient.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mesothelioma victims are advised to install grab bars and seats in their bathtub.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Caregivers can supervise the bathing of mesothelioma victims for additional safety.

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How to Condole Someone Who Lost a Loved One to Mesothelioma

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Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is linked to exposure to asbestos. There is no cure for cancer as of now and those who are diagnosed are placed under palliative care to help ease the pain. What this means is that their imminent death cannot be downplayed. The sorrow of losing a loved one is what families of mesothelioma victims are subjected to every now and then.

Picking the right words of solace is really challenging

‘I am sorry for your loss’, ‘Accept my condolence and heartfelt sympathy’ and so on have become common phrases people use in sympathizing with those that have lost a loved one. However, these words tend to distance us from feeling the pain the person is going through. One of Greys Anatomy episodes puts it better as, ‘a pat little phrase, and an empty one.’

The best thing to say is to say nothing

‘I am sorry for your loss’ has become the most popular word used by people in sympathizing with those grieving for their loss. The phrase made it to the Huffington Post’s ‘The 8 Best Thing You Can Say to Someone Who Is Grieving’ which was written by Christy Heitger-Ewing. On the other hand, you can also choose the part of saying nothing which is also contained in the list.

Showing affection is better than saying words

Staying in the person’s presence is always better words. Instead of looking for the right words to say show them affection – action speaks louder than voice. Hold out a tissue paper for them to wipe their tears, hug them, make a cup of coffee for them and accompany them for a walk if they feel like it. If there should be a discussion, allow them to initiate it and just follow it up.

There are certain words you should avoid

Never make the mistake of telling someone you know exactly how they feel. You can only know exactly what people feel if you can get into their head and we know that is not possible. Other words you can say include:

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p<>{color:#000;}. ‘I am here for you’

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p<>{color:#000;}. ‘Do you want to talk about your loved one?’

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p<>{color:#000;}. ‘How are you doing’

Do not stop people from talking about their loved ones

Those who have lost a loved one would generally want to keep a fond memory of them by talking about them and recalling their last moments but will often need your prompt memory to do so. Do not deny the beauty of caressing these fading memories by shutting them up. Allow them to bare their mind till the memories wane.

Certain phrases should not be used for someone who is grieving

Unfortunately, the words which should not be said are the ones that come to the mind of some people when they try to sympathize with someone who is grieving. When trying to comfort someone who is grieving, distant yourself from the following phrases because they cause more harm than good:

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p<>{color:#000;}. ‘He/she is in a better place’

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p<>{color:#000;}. ‘Think more about the blessings in your life’

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p<>{color:#000;}. ‘It’s been a while he/she died. Get over it’

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p<>{color:#000;}. ‘Cherish the wonderful memories’

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p<>{color:#000;}. ‘Pull yourself together for the sake of your kids’

Put yourself in the position of the griever

It is true that words that can bring solace to one person may not particularly work for another because of individual differences. However, try and put yourself in the position of the griever and try some of the words you want to say to them on yourself. If it does not make you feel better, chances that it will not for them either.

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Asbestos is a predisposing risk to mesothelioma.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Cancer treatment is in the form of palliative.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Picking the right word to console someone that has lost a loved one is not always easy.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Some phrases have been generally adopted by people when sympathizing.

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p<>{color:#000;}. It is better to show love than speak words.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Staying around is more comforting than just saying words.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Always allow the griever to initiate a conversation.

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p<>{color:#000;}. It is wrong to assume you know exactly how someone feels.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Allow the griever to talk about their loss.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Different words will have different effect on different people.

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The Need to Raise Awareness on Mesothelioma and Asbestos

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Creating awareness on how exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma may be the best way of fighting the pain mesothelioma brings to many families in the United States and beyond. Many homes particularly in developing countries still have asbestos roofing and research has shown that constant inhalation of tiny airborne particles of this material predisposes the individual to mesothelioma.

Mesothelium is the tissue where mesothelioma develops

The name mesothelioma was derived from the mesothelium tissue where the cancer develops. The mesothelium is the tissue surrounding the lungs, abdominal cavity and the stomach. The severity of mesothelioma varies with the exact region that is affected. There are three kinds of mesothelioma based on position of body where they grow. 

Asbestos particles in the lungs will cause accumulation of fluid

Once asbestos particles are inhaled, they pass through the trachea ending in the alveoli. The alveoli are the organs where the blood gets oxygenated before transporting this oxygen round the body. This structure which is found in the lungs has a network of nerves and tissues. The asbestos particles will accumulate in the mesothelium tissues obstructing the free flow of lymph.

Receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma can be frightening

The only chance of surviving mesothelioma is early diagnosis. It is frightening to be diagnosed of mesothelioma and people will prefer not to avail themselves of the knowledge. However, if mesothelioma is diagnosed early, there is a better chance of stopping it from progressing further. People (especially those above fifty years) should be encouraged to go for regular mesothelioma checks.

Raising awareness is the key to reducing the spread

The more attention is given to mesothelioma, the more people will see it as a problem and begin to think of a cure. Raising awareness is also the best way to support those that have been struck down by this menace and let them understand that they are not alone.

There are different types of mesothelioma

It has become like a tradition to name cancer with regards to the area of the body that is affected – and this happens to be the case with mesothelioma. There are three types of mesothelioma namely;

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Peritoneal mesothelioma (affects abdominal lining)

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p<>{color:#000;}. Pleural mesothelioma (this the most common form and it affects the lining of the lungs)

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p<>{color:#000;}. Pericardial mesothelioma (affects the lining of the heart)

Asbestos is used by many industries

Long before the regulation of asbestos use took effect in the US, it was one of the core products of automotive industries. When asbestos products are damaged, they release asbestos fibers which can be inhaled unknowingly. Asbestos has also been used by paint industries and paper industries but the majority of its usage was as roofing component.

Mesothelioma kills silently

The major reason why mesothelioma is an issue is because it takes years to develop. The key to surviving any form of cancer is early diagnosis. Mesothelioma will normally present no symptoms. Pleural mesothelioma which is the most common form will present symptoms that can easily be mistaken for common cold or other bacterial and viral respiratory tract infections.

New treatment plans are under development

Surgery and chemotherapy remain the widely used therapies for the management of mesothelioma. Surgery is sometimes supplemented with radiation therapy for a more effective result. However, new treatment regimens like viriotherapy and anti-angiogenesis are under clinical trials. Most of them are already showing promising results.

Mesothelioma awareness group should organize more seminars

The awareness for mesothelioma will be stronger if all the various mesothelioma awareness groups around the globe form a quorum and work in unison. Seminars should be organized frequently with aggressive media awareness.

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There are three types of mesothelioma.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Pleural mesothelioma is the most reported form.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Asbestos is a toxic chemical that is used by different industries.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mesothelioma attacks the mesothelium tissue which lines the lungs, heart and abdomen.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Awareness is the key to getting people interested in finding a cure for mesothelioma.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the most employed forms of treatment.

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p<>{color:#000;}. New treatment options are emerging for the treatment of mesothelioma.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The media and the internet should be exploited in creating awareness for mesothelioma.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Creating awareness is a way of identifying with mesothelioma victims.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mesothelioma usually presents no symptoms.

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Mesothelioma Cancer (Volume 4)

  • ISBN: 9781370173662
  • Author: Word Chapter
  • Published: 2016-10-04 21:50:09
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