Some Advice on Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a cancer in the lining of the lungs caused by a potentially deadly fibre known as asbestos. It is particularly diagnosed amongst those working in construction with asbestos prevalent in such working environments. Here is some advice on what can be done to prevent the risk of the disease, a few words of wisdom to those who think they might have it but are yet to receive a diagnosis from their doctor; and the treatment options available to those who have already been diagnosed.

Prevention

The best way to combat a disease of course starts with preventing it from occurring in the first place. Thankfully, even for construction, building and labour workers there are ways this can be done with mesothelioma.

Asbestos fibres can be found most in dust, and so construction workers should refrain from using appliances that create a lot of dust, such as power tools. The appropriate face masks should also be worn while working and hands should be washed before breaks and when the day ends.

Cleaning should always be constant while working, with hovering up dust and debris is key in preventing the disease from being contracted.

Those employed in dusty workplaces should also try to quit – or at least significantly cut down on – smoking.

What to do if you think it’s too late?

Well really, it’s never too late as there are a number of treatments available even to those who think they might have the disease. However, I’ll move unto those in a minute.

If you think you might have mesothelioma, you should quite simply seek a health check-up. Of course, a doctor is far more likely to be able to discern whether or not you have any illnesses than anyone else, and so they should be your first port of call.

While waiting for your results, you should quit smoking for risk of worsening the disease, and get a flu and pneumonia shot to help reduce the chance of a lung infection.

If your mesothelioma was due to your working conditions, you may be entitled to compensation. Mesothelioma compensation claims require expert help however and you should therefore seek a specialist solicitor.

Treatments

Chemotherapy is the most obvious and well known form of cancer treatment. It can be administered in the form of an injection or pill and often causes patients to fall relatively sick before recovering.

Side effects are physical fatigue, nausea, weight loss, vomiting and hair loss.

Palliative Therapy is another treatment for mesothelioma cancer, and involves draining the patient’s surplus fluids out from their body through the use of a needle and suction. The treatment is usually followed by the regular use of a drug that prevents the fluids from accumulating in the future.

Surgery is another treatment method for sufferers of mesothelioma. The main types for sufferers of the disease are Pneumonectomy and Pleurodesis, however there are a number of others available that might be better suited to your body and needs. The type of surgery depends on the form of cancer you have.

Furthermore, radiation therapy is another treatment method and involves the physician targeting your cancer cells through the use of radiation.

Treatment for mesothelioma depends on the type of mesothelioma cancer you have, as well as your specific health conditions. Your doctor will of course know best on which method is best for you.

 

Adam Kyriakos is a freelance writer and trained health specialist

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