No matter how you define survivorship, one of the things that many survivors of mesothelioma and other deadly cancers includes developing a survivorship plan. Such plans are beneficial for the survivor, their family members and friends, as well as for doctors and other medical professionals who may be involved in providing care in the future.
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We often treat our health a lot like a cat-and-mouse game: it’s not until something is wrong that we chase after it. In honor of Healthy Lung Month, and in the interest of taking a more proactive, preventative role in our health, we’re putting the spotlight on an oft-forgotten organ: the lungs.
Dr. Raja M. Flores, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center, has specialized in thoracic surgery and mesothelioma for 23 years. In an interview, Dr. Flores told the MCA that his interest in mesothelioma stemmed from both his mentor and his ability to relate on a personal level to his patients, who often come from a blue collar background similar to his own.
On September 11, 2001, the world changed. Thousands of people died in the attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, and United Airlines Flight 93 in rural Pennsylvania. Millions more were affected deeply by the loss of co-workers, friends, and loved ones.
Back to school preparations have started, and the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance (MCA) is looking to keep you and your family safe as you prepare to send children back to school after summer break. Getting back into the school-year routine can be daunting, but preparation is necessary to keep faculty, administrators, teachers, and students safe as they arrive in their classrooms.
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.
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?
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.