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7 Best Ways to Offer Support to a Loved One with Mesothelioma

7 Best Ways to Offer Support to a Loved One with Mesothelioma

When a family member or loved one is faced with a mesothelioma diagnosis, it can be difficult to know exactly what to do to help them. Fortunately, there are various ways to offer support to a loved one with mesothelioma. Rather than saying, “let me know if there is anything I can do to help,” consider helping with one of the specific things listed below. Most patients don’t want to feel like a...

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Can a Mesothelioma Support Group Help Me?

Can a Mesothelioma Support Group Help Me?

A cancer diagnosis after asbestos exposure can be devastating–not only physically and financially but mentally and emotionally as well. Mesothelioma patients may feel isolated, alone, stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed. Mesothelioma support groups can help patients by connecting them to others going through a similar experience, providing a much-needed network of emotional support from peers who...

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Medical Support for Veterans with Mesothelioma

A diagnosis of cancer is disheartening for thousands of veterans with mesothelioma. People who risked their lives for our country are also devastated to find out that while doing so they were exposed to asbestos which has led to this deadly diagnosis. This is certainly tough to swallow but regardless of how the cancer developed, receiving the correct medical treatment for your individual...

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Emotional Side Effects: Panic Attacks

It’s natural and normal (and common) for patients with mesothelioma and other cancers to experience heightened fear and anxiety. Some patients feel anxiety because they fear treatment, are nervous about doctor visits, or are frightened about receiving negative test results. Others become fearful at the thought of pain, dying, or what will happen after they die, including what may happen to their...

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What is an Advance Directive?

When a person has a serious or life-threatening illness, it’s vitally important that he or she makes his intentions and wishes clear and documented. This can be achieved through an advance directive. There are two main types of advanced directive: a living will and a power of attorney. In a living well, a person can leave detailed instructions about his or her preferences when it comes to...

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Talking to Kids about Cancer

A cancer diagnosis doesn’t just affect the patient: it has a profound effect on the entire family. Adults have years of experience and basic knowledge of cancer that can help give them perspective, but the ideas of cancer and especially mortality can be very difficult for children to grasp. If your family is dealing with the recent news of a cancer diagnosis, you may be wondering how to discuss...

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