Received a Mesothelioma Diagnosis? What Does That Mean Exactly?
Facing a mesothelioma diagnosis is crushing. Beyond trying to make medical arrangements with your doctor, you should also set aside time to find out what legal recourse you have to recoup monies legally owed to you. Most importantly, there are various steps that should be made by not only a patient but their loved ones as well.
Found in the lining of the abdominal cavity, chest or lungs, mesothelioma cancer has proven ties to asbestos exposure. A toxic and carcinogenic substance, asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral used in the manufacturing of thousands of construction and industrial products for decades. When broken up, microscopic particles become airborne, unnoticed and inhaled and/or swallowed easily. The fibers then become easily lodged in the aforementioned linings causing fatal illnesses that sometimes lead to a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Incredibly, mesothelioma cancer can be contracted after only one instance of exposure to asbestos or many instances of exposure. Once the mineral fibers become lodged in internal organs, it can take multiple decades from the first exposure for the development of mesothelioma symptoms. Because of this, mesothelioma prognoses are usually devastating as the cancer has already caused irrevocable internal damage. There is no known cure for asbestos-related illnesses. Much research is underway to find a cure but most mesothelioma treatment is palliative and patients rarely survive more than two years past their initial mesothelioma diagnosis.
Because victims have no idea that they have inhaled or swallowed these deadly microscopic fibers they are unaware when mesothelioma symptoms present themselves. When symptoms become so severe that doctors are able to test for an appropriate cause, the cancer is normally inoperable or has reach such an advanced stage that there is no way to cure it. Patients are left with the realization that they are facing a terminal illness. A mesothelioma diagnosis is therefore extremely challenging not only for the victim but family members as well. Emotions such as denial, shock, anger and depression are normal as victims begin to realize that for decades symptoms that presented themselves as cold or flu illnesses were actually those of mesothelioma in early stages.
Once a victim receives a mesothelioma diagnosis, a process begins so they are enabled to ensure how the rest of their life will be managed. Being informed is being empowered to have some sense of control as to the details moving forward. Educate yourself about the disease, including the type, areas affected and stages. Next important is to become informed about the many mesothelioma treatment options available and where the best locations are to receive these treatments. You want to make sure to participate in a medical facility that has experience and success with other patients with your same condition. Also, make sure the friends and family that give you the most joy are around you during your treatments and recovery periods.