If you have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, there is a better-than-good chance that you are going to be spend a fair amount of time in a hospital setting. Nobody likes being in the hospital, but there are some situations that can make the experience even more upsetting than normal. Patients who are receiving treatment, whether for a minor injury or a condition as serious and life-threatening as malignant mesothelioma have certain rights regarding the decisions that are made about their care and the way that they are treated by hospital staff, but unfortunately people who are already feeling ill have a tendency to feel helpless, and to accept treatment that falls short of the compassionate care that they deserve.
Month: February 2018
Imagine being able to keep your malignant mesothelioma from spreading with a simple injection, in much the same way that you were protected from polio and measles. That is exactly what scientists from Stanford University are working towards as they continue researching a new stem cell vaccine.
Patients with malignant mesothelioma suffer from their disease, but also have the added burden of the side effects that come from the available treatments. Chemotherapy treatments can result in nausea and vomiting, fatigue, hot flashes, and neuropathy among other problems, and the fact of having a rare and fatal form of cancer itself can lead to anxiety, depression and sleeping problems. Though none of these are as life-threatening as the disease itself, they have a significant impact on patients’ quality of life. Fortunately, there are a number of therapies available to treat these side effects, and one of these is acupuncture. read more
When a person is diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, they immediately become the focus of everybody’s attention, from medical professionals and family members to the individual’s wider community. Making sure that the individual is doing everything that they can to improve their survival or quality of life is essential. But it’s also important to remember that the mesothelioma victim is not the only person who is suffering. In most cases, there is a family member or trusted companion who steps up to the plate and takes on the role of caregiver. They take the patient to medical appointments, make sure that they are compliant with all instructions and taking all medications, prepare meals and are generally the source of most of their emotional and physical support. These individuals not only sacrifice their time and normal activity, but also frequently forego self-care, and this can be damaging both for themselves and for the patient.
A proposed law that would make it much harder for mesothelioma victims to receive compensation for the harm that they’ve suffered is making its way through the Michigan state legislature. According to its sponsors, House Bill 5456 is designed to prevent double dipping by victims of asbestos exposure, who are able to file claims against both solvent asbestos companies and against insolvent asbestos companies through their asbestos bankruptcy trusts. Those opposed to the bill say that it the law favors the asbestos companies that sponsor it. The bill has already passed through the Michigan House of Representatives with 58 supporting votes against 51 opposing. Almost all in support were Republicans.
When you think of Cambridge, Massachusetts, your first thought likely turns to Harvard, not to malignant mesothelioma. But town locals are increasingly concerned about asbestos contamination in a local landmark known as Jerry’s Pond, and they’re taking action to get the situation addressed.
It’s difficult to pinpoint when malignant mesothelioma was first identified as an illness: there are medical records of pleural tumors as far back as the 1700s. But it wasn’t until the late 19th century that physicians began associating asbestos exposure with the formation of peritoneal and pleural tumors, and not until the 20th century that the disease was given its own name. Since that time, physicians and researchers have worked to find an effective treatment and cure for the asbestos-related disease with little success. Mesothelioma continues to be a fatal condition that claims the lives of its victims in a painfully short period of time. But scientists continue to look for new forms of treatment, and are finding some luck with medications derived from natural sources.
A diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma is frequently the result of occupational exposure to asbestos, the mineral that is the single proven cause of the disease. But under the current laws in the state of Pennsylvania, many employees who were exposed to the carcinogenic material and who later diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases have been kept from taking legal action against their employer. This is because the state’s law places a 300-week limitation from last exposure for bringing a claim of occupational disease, and this roughly 6-year period does not take into account illnesses that take longer than 300 weeks to appear. But now State Representative Eli Evankovich, a Republican from Allegheny, Pennsylvania, has proposed a change to the law that would waive the 300-week limitation for those who are diagnosed years later with a disease that is known to have a long latency period.