The importance of a healthy diet becomes even more apparent when your health changes radically with a disease like cancer. With the holiday season here, eating healthy typically seems more difficult since big meals and treats are abundant. For someone going through cancer treatment, the traditional fare for holiday meals may no longer seem appealing as well. Despite the holiday season bringing indulgences, following a healthy diet doesn’t need to be confusing. The definition of good nutrition is balancing important ingredients like water, fiber, proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals to take in the essential nutrition needed to help your body function best. When you have a body and immune system compromised by disease, taking in a balanced diet is one of the best ways you can help your body stay strong and repair itself. Share these healthy eating tips with a loved one going through treatment this holiday season to keep healthy eating a priority.
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The cancer community is all too familiar with the notion that cancer does not discriminate in who it affects. Often thought of as a disease for blue collar older men, mesothelioma has proven that it too does not discern between who is affected; the cause always comes back to asbestos exposure.
As the season changes and ushers in colder temperatures, cold and flu season begins too. The influenza virus, commonly known as the flu, presents many symptoms similar to the common cold; respiratory inflammation, cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, fever, and aches are common symptoms for both. However, the flu generally presents more aggressive symptoms and some people may experience vomiting and/or diarrhea as well. For cancer patients, having an immune system that is already compromised makes cold and flu season especially precarious.
In just over a week since the Federal government has become officially shutdown, another, perhaps more, upsetting side effect has come to light. From October 1 onwards, the family of any member of the armed services who dies in the line of duty will not be able to collect the $100,000 so-called “death gratuity” usually provided by the government to cover travel costs, funeral arrangements and other associated bills. Thankfully, the Fisher House Foundation from Bethesda, MD has stepped up to cover the grants until the government can reimburse the foundation.
Not only is the reality of a cancer diagnosis shocking, but also the tough discussions about what a patient can expect in the future can be even more daunting. Hearing the words ‘cancer battle’ doesn’t inspire confidence in a patient, even if their prognosis is favorable. With these negative emotions, finding peace with a diagnosis can help make life feel less ruled by doctor’s appointments and treatments. As with other problems in life, each person copes differently and in their own way. However, here are some tips for someone to consider when learning to cope with a cancer diagnosis.
For cancer patients, the word survivor can bring up a range of reactions and emotions. Some claim the word proudly as a badge of honor that they’ve earned through treatments and experiences with their disease. Some find the word survivor to be a little uncomfortable and without a concrete definition. Others prefer another word, like warrior or champion, instead of survivor. Definitions aside, due to better diagnostic tools and effective treatments, there are more than 12 million people living cancer survivors in the United States. Below are some ways that survivorship can be defined.
While many citizens enjoyed an extra day off and huge retail sales on Labor Day, it’s important to remember the real reason we observe this day. Labor Day was created to celebrate the hard work put forth by American citizens and to recognize their economic and social contributions to our country. Labor Day is also an appropriate time to recognize the dangers that many American citizens face in their respective industries. While there are many ways that workers can be injured or killed on the job, the number 1 cause of occupational-related cancer continues to be exposure to asbestos, even 30 years after the peak of its use. Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma cancer after a long latency period of 20-50 years and for some industries, asbestos exposure was a regular part of the job.
Often times, when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, knowing what you can do to help and be supportive is not easy. A mesothelioma diagnosis, in particular, can be sudden and life-changing. Whether it’s finding the right thing to say, or figuring out what you can offer, you’ll want to be ready to help your loved one as best you can. We’ve put together some of the best things you can do for someone with mesothelioma that go beyond simply gift giving to offer genuine care and support.
“ALEC” is the American Legislative Exchange Council, and it may be the most powerful organization you (probably) never heard of. There’s a good chance ALEC already has impacted your life. And if it hasn’t yet, give it time.
When a cancer diagnosis strikes, a difficult and damaging time begins in the patient’s life. Cancer is never convenient and can uproot families and future plans quickly. Cancer is the enemy and is often associated with a multitude of negative emotions. The process of fighting cancer, from the time of diagnosis through treatment and recovery, can be long and exhausting, both physically and emotionally. Mesothelioma treatment, for example, may require chemotherapy as well as surgery. The disease becomes part of the patient and, if the journey is long enough, it isn’t healthy to harbor hateful, negative feelings toward this new part of his or her life.
In part one of the Caregiver’s Resource Guide, we discussed the effect that caregiving might have on the caregiver. In this part, the MCA will cover the caregiver as a patient advocate, how to stay organized, and the benefits of caregiving on both the patient and the caregiver.
Everyday, thousands of people become caregivers to loved ones diagnosed with cancer. Caregiving can be difficult and uncomfortable, but is a necessary and crucial role taken on by strong individuals. The weight of caregiving can become especially difficult when dealing with a patient with mesothelioma, a cancer that has physical and financial side effects on top of immense legal implications. The MCA has put together a two-part guide to caregiving for one of the most serious and complicated cancers. This part of the guide will cover the often overlooked topic of the impact of caregiving on the caregiver’s life.
Mesothelioma is caused by one thing: exposure to asbestos. It’s been determined that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos and even trace amounts can develop into mesothelioma or another type of asbestos-related disease. It all starts with exposure. We’ve broken down the very basics of asbestos exposure in order to make what is a mystery cancer to some a little more clear.
The Fourth of July is a celebration. We celebrate the beginning of our nation, the work of our Founding Fathers and our freedom. Although the soldiers of the Revolutionary War have long since passed, on this Independence Day we hope to both celebrate as well as honor all of the brave men and women who have risked their lives to maintain our freedom throughout history.
With 3000 new patients diagnosed each year, mesothelioma is considered a rare cancer. There are many misunderstandings and misconceptions about what the disease is, how it develops, and the available treatment options. We debunked some of the most common mesothelioma misconceptions to help you develop a more accurate perspective of the disease.
Father’s Day is right around the corner and once again you find yourself wondering what could you possibly give your old man to show your appreciation for his time in your life. You can buy the usual gifts, but does dad really need another tie or grilling instrument? This Father’s Day why not give your dad the gift that keeps on giving -- good health.
June is here and with that comes longer days and warmer weather; the perfect time of year for do-it-yourself home renovations and upgrades. But before you go diving into your next DIY around the house, there are certain precautions you should take. Eighty percent of homes built prior to 1980 still contain asbestos and they’re usually hiding in the materials you’re most likely to mess with during your reno-project. In honor of National Home Safety Month, we’ve compiled some information to make your home summer project successful and safe.
Fourteen million cancer survivors live in the United States today and with the help of prevention, technological advances and the personal strength of those diagnosed, that number is continuing to rise higher than ever. In honor of Cancer Survivor’s Day, we revisited two of our MCA warriors and mesothelioma survivors and asked about their experience with cancer and what being a survivor personally means to each of them.
With mesothelioma cancer, a diagnosis often comes after a long latency period. The average length of latency for malignant mesothelioma is 35 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos. Often times, younger members of the family, such as children or grandchildren, have to step in to become caregivers for their parents or grandparents who are battling mesothelioma in the late stages of their life.
Almost everyone knows someone currently serving in military services, and one thing stands true for all members of all branches of service: care packages from home never go unappreciated. Armed Forces Day is a day to honor all service men and woman from each branch of the military; much of the mesothelioma community are veterans, or loved ones of veterans or current members of the military. In honor of Armed Forces Day, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has put together some helpful ideas for preparing and sending the best and most useful care packages to loved ones overseas.