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.
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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.
Recently at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) 2015 annual meeting, Dr. Gerald Zalcman reported the results of a study on a new mesothelioma treatment that has the potential to improve survival rates for malignant pleural mesothelioma patients.
In the days, weeks, and months following a cancer diagnosis, it’s difficult to know what to do next and it becomes easy to give up control over your own health. You may fall into a “passive patient” mode, ultimately putting your life into the hands of others — doctors, oncologists, and other experts who tell you what’s best for you and your circumstances, what you can and cannot do, what your options are, etc. It can be both intimidating and unnerving to question a proposed treatment plan or seek other routes that you feel may suit you better.
June is Men’s Health Month, a month-long observation and awareness campaign of the issues related to health in men of every age, genetic disposition, and background. Given that men are much less likely to get regular medical checkups than women, it’s important for everyone to be involved with educating the men in their lives about the health issues that can affect them.