Though mesothelioma comes as a surprise to some of its victims, for many others a diagnosis is confirmation of fears that have been held for decades. Because mesothelioma is an asbestos-related disease that is known to have an extremely long latency period, people who are aware of the rare disease and who know that they had asbestos exposure often spend the better part of their adult life watching and waiting, afraid that every cough and pain is the signal that the disease has finally arrived to claim their life. Though there is no way of knowing who will get mesothelioma and who won’t, recent studies have shown that there is one thing that those at risk can do to boost their overall health, and that is to stay away from heavy consumption of alcohol.
Malignant mesothelioma treatments are extremely taxing, so if you already been diagnosed and are undergoing chemotherapy, then drinking alcohol is already on your list of prohibited activities. Not only can it interact badly with the drugs you’re being treated with, it can also exacerbate some of chemotherapy’s most challenging symptoms.
Beyond the needs of mesothelioma patients who have already been diagnosed, a study that was recently conducted by the National Cancer Institute and public health researchers in Northern Ireland has found that people with a known exposure to asbestos and who drink excessively are at heightened risk for the rare and fatal form of cancer. This is not the first time that alcohol has been linked to high risks of cancer in general or of mesothelioma in particular. A study of patients diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma found that people who drank had shorter survival times after surgery. This most recent study stands out because of the larger number of patients involved: almost 100,000 people’s data was examined in reaching the study’s conclusion.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, then you need guidance from experienced advocates. Contact us today at 1-800-966-2244 to learn how we can help.