Pittsburgh Asbestos And Mesothelioma Blog

Patients with mesothelioma may benefit from high-calorie diet

Mesothelioma is a serious form of cancer that develops as a result of asbestos exposure in the majority of patients with this condition. While there are a number of therapies that can be used to help address the pain and issues associated with the spread of this cancer, the majority of treatments are focused on improving a patient's quality of life and not on curing the condition. As of 2019, there is no cure for mesothelioma.

In a recent article from Cancer Updates, Research & Education, an important discussion about the impact of diet and nutrition on patients with mesothelioma was released. Having good muscle mass and a nutritious diet, it's believed, could help patients with this condition recover from the impact of treatment.

How much do you know about asbestos?

Asbestos often seems like an antiquated word, something now obsolete, a throwback to the 1960s. You might remember certain products that manufacturers and salesmen promoted as "flame retardant" because they contained asbestos. Once people started learning how dangerous microscopic asbestos fibers can be to human health, the powers that be instituted regulations regarding its use.

For some reason, many pushed asbestos to the back burner; in fact, for a long time, people scarcely mentioned or thought about it. However, spray insulation and other things like floor tiles, cabinetry or, even, automotive parts often still contain asbestos. If you work, live or frequently visit an area that happens to have asbestos in the air, you can contract a serious, often terminal illness. Many Pennsylvania residents who have already received such diagnoses are currently involved in asbestos litigation.

Does Pennsylvania have asbestos exposure regulations?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral but that doesn't mean that it's safe to be around. If it's breathed in, it can damage the lungs and other organs.

Asbestos was a popular building material in the past, but studies have shown that it can cause serious chronic illnesses or death. For that reason, Pennsylvania has important laws to protect workers and the public from exposure.

Worried about a diagnosis? Should you get a second opinion?

There are many reasons you or your loved one might visit a Pennsylvania doctor's office. Such visits may simply be part of your regular health regimen, especially if you're a parent of young children. At other times, an unexpected health concern might prompt your need to schedule an appointment. When seeking medical attention, you have a right to reasonably expect that the doctor in question will be able to assess your situation and properly diagnosis an adverse health condition.

Even if your doctor is having trouble diagnosing a particular condition, he or she should consult a specialist or refer you to another doctor who may be better able to handle the situation. In certain circumstances, you may want to get a second opinion. This is especially true if you have received a diagnosis of terminal illness, such as various cancers or illnesses associated with asbestos injury.

Diagnosing mesothelioma is vital to recovery and treatment

Mesothelioma is not easy to detect, and it can spread throughout the body long before treatment begins. For many, a diagnosis is essentially a death sentence, and they're left only able to use medication or techniques to cope with pain and the dysfunction within their bodies.

In some lucky cases, individuals are able to seek chemotherapy or surgery to remove the cancer. There is no guarantee that it can be cured, but if caught at an early stage, it may be possible to prevent the cancer from spreading. In some cases, it may be removed or the patient goes into remission.

Mesothelioma: What type of treatment is available?

Many Pennsylvania families have been devastated to learn that a member of their household has contracted a deadly disease in the workplace, school or elsewhere. Mesothelioma is a terminal affliction. If you are familiar with the term, you might be among the tens of thousands of people in Pittsburgh or other parts of the country who are trying to cope with this illness.

There is currently no cure for Mesothelioma, which you can contract if you're exposed to asbestos. Many Pennsylvania factories, shipyards, schools, churches and older homes were built long ago with materials that are laden with asbestos. There's no safe amount of exposure to the microscopic fibers that enter airspace in various ways. If you or your loved one are ill, you'll want to learn as much as you can about what treatments are available and also what type of support is available to families in your situation.

Asbestos exposure can increase your risk of illness

Asbestos exposure can result in serious symptoms and side effects. You could develop one of several diseases related to exposure or be left with chronic health symptoms that are hard to explain.

Asbestos exposure can happen anywhere, from being outdoors or working in an indoor environment. Asbestos occurs naturally, but the level of exposure you'd need to get sick is most likely to occur if you are working with insulation in attics or walls, if you're handling shingles, if you're removing siding from a home or if you've broken or are replacing tiles on floors.

Understand five-year survival rates with mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops as a result of asbestos exposure in most people. Sadly, due to the type of injuries the asbestos causes over time, scar tissues build and cancer is likely to form. Mesothelioma is rare, but it is a devastating diagnosis.

The survival rate for those with diagnosed mesothelioma is not going to be the same for all people, but averages have shown that localized mesothelioma has a five-year survival rate of around 18%, whereas regional has a survival rate of 11%. Distant SEER stage mesothelioma has a five-year survival rate of 7%. Someone who has all three SEER stages of mesothelioma has a 9% survival rate at five years.

Terminal illness: Adjusting to the life changes it brings

When you heard your doctor say that tests and examination lead him or her to believe that you have a terminal illness, you might have felt like the earth dropped from underneath your feet. You might have sought medical attention because of certain symptoms you were experiencing. If your situation involves suspected asbestos exposure, such symptoms might include chest pain, lingering cough, weight loss or extreme fatigue.

Mesothelioma and asbestosis are two asbestos-related illnesses for which there are no cure. Once you have a diagnosis of this nature, daily life and priorities shift. What's most important is staying as healthy as you can and living as high quality a life as possible for as long as you're able. As symptoms worsen, you'll no doubt need daily living assistance. It's also a good idea to learn as much as you can about asbestos injuries, including what type of support is available.

Asbestos: A hazardous fiber that continues to be used in the U.S.

Asbestos is a serious occupational hazard that can't be ignored. If you're exposed to it, there is a very real chance that you could develop serious health concerns down the line.

Did you know that over 125 million people are exposed to this hazardous mineral each year? The majority of those incidents happen at work, while people are doing their jobs.

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