If you, your spouse or other loved one receive a dire diagnosis from a licensed physician, it can be quite a daunting experience, especially if the disease in question has no known cure. Beyond your diagnosis, your family would typically have many unanswered questions in mind, such as what type of treatment you will seek and how you will meet the expenses associated with the situation.
You might also talk about additional outside support, such as in-home care providers or, in many cases, legal advocates who understand the options that might be available regarding how to seek recompense for your losses. When a patient contracts an illness due to workplace hazards, other questions often arise as well, such as whether or not an employer's negligence was a causal factor toward the injury. In Pennsylvania, scenarios like this often involve on-the-job asbestos exposure.
Treatment is important, even for terminal illness
You might wonder what the point of seeking treatment is if the illness you or your loved one has is incurable. There are several types of treatment commonly administered to asbestos injury patients that can help relieve pain and discomfort and improve quality of life as much as possible for as long as possible. The following information explains numerous treatment styles that might be available in your situation:
- People with mesothelioma cancer or other asbestos-related illnesses often use radiation therapy as part of their treatment programs. Medical professionals typically apply this type of treatment in conjunction with other treatments.
- Chemotherapy is sometimes helpful for those suffering from pleural mesothelioma. Pleural diseases are those that affect the lungs.
- You and your family might also wish to speak with an experienced surgeon about the possibility of using surgery as part of your treatment plan.
- Asbestos injury patients' choosing alternative modalities of treatment is becoming more and more common. Such treatments often include holistic medicine and therapies that address the whole person, body, mind and soul.
You might also consider taking part in a clinical trial as part of your treatment plan. Such treatment is experimental and not always opened to everyone. Of course, you'll want to research a particular trial's safety and effectiveness ratings as well as compare it to other treatments to determine if the potential benefits outweigh those of other, current treatment options.
Emotional and legal support
Living with terminal illness is difficult not only for the patient but also for family members. It is emotionally traumatic to witness a loved one's suffering, and family members of terminally ill patients often feel helpless. Joining a support group for patients of incurable disease or care providers of the terminally ill can be a great source of encouragement and support.
Because mesothelioma, asbestosis and other incurable, asbestos-related illnesses often occur in people who work in one of Pittsburgh's blue collar industries, it can also be helpful to speak with someone who is well versed in asbestos litigation laws.