This past Friday, September 25th, was the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance’s first #MesoAwarenessDay tweet chat, when the mesothelioma community had an opportunity to share information about mesothelioma, a deadly and rare form of cancer caused by asbestos.
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On Friday, September 25th, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance will host its first annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day tweet chat. Mesothelioma Awareness Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness about this deadly and preventable disease.
End-of-life care is, in broad terms, health care for patients with advanced or incurable conditions. This area of health care often opens up a number of sensitive treatment discussions and questions. There are questions regarding palliative care, a patient’s right to self-determination of treatment or life, and whether medical experimentation or intervention would be beneficial. Ultimately, the biggest discussion point surrounding treating terminal illness is that of patient autonomy, specifically regarding their right to choose how they want to die.
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 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.
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.
Late last week, the Senate passed Resolution 125 to designate the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week. Sponsored by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, and Sen. Steve Daines, R-MT, the resolution asks that people take time to learn about the dangers of asbestos and even calls on the Surgeon General to “warn and educate people about the public health issue of asbestos exposure, which may be hazardous to their health.”
For most patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, hair loss, nausea, and exhaustion are common and expected side effects. However, both of these treatments can cause serious and uncomfortable skin conditions. Radiation can cause an irritation that looks and feels like a sunburn on any area of the skin the beam passes through to get to cancerous cells. Chemotherapy can cause extreme dry skin and lips as it indiscriminately damages all fast-growing cells, including healthy skin cells. For women, especially, dealing with the physical reactions of cancer treatment is an uphill battle to find inner confidence as well as strength to fight their disease.