Because mesothelioma takes decades to develop and commonly affects men who worked heavily around asbestos, it is relatively rare for young individuals, particularly women, to get it.
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When diagnosed with a disease that will require long-term care, like mesothelioma, it’s important to establish a relationship that’s built on mutual trust, honesty, and a willingness to support each other throughout the entire treatment process.
As is the case with any type of cancer, the earlier it’s caught, the better the prognosis will be. What makes mesothelioma such a difficult cancer to beat is, in part, its latency period, which can be anywhere from 20 to 50 years, making it difficult to successfully diagnose and treat the disease early on. Not only do early symptoms not arise until the cancer’s later stages, but they are also easily mistaken with those of common, minor illnesses. Most patients aren’t diagnosed until stage III or IV. So, how can individuals increase their chances of diagnosing this deadly disease as early as possible?
Mesothelioma can be an expensive cancer to treat. Patients and their families and friends can wind up spending tens of thousands of dollars on medicine, surgery, and other related costs in a bid to overcome mesothelioma.
As life expectancies increase, more and more people are finding themselves both caring for elderly parents while at the same time supporting adult children who are still living at home or require financial assistance even though they live elsewhere.
For a newly diagnosed mesothelioma patient, the flood of disease and treatment information that follows can be difficult to process. While you can trust that your doctor will have your best interests in mind when developing your treatment plan, it’s still a good idea to be an active patient and understand the standards of care for mesothelioma.
The conversation around defining survivorship is one with an extensive history rooted alongside the evolution of medicine, research, and culture. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), over the past 30 or so years, major developments in cancer identification and treatment have contributed to the dramatic increase in cancer survival rates, with the number of cancer survivors estimated to reach 18.1 million in the United States by 2020. But what does this statistic mean when it says “cancer survivors?”
Many Americans may not realize that veterans continue to fight after they return home. The enemy? A number of disabling physical and mental health issues, many of which are caused by adversaries camouflaged with invisibility. A way we can honor our veterans this Fourth of July is to bring awareness to these muted battles they continue to fight, long after the war is over.