Thursday, May 24, 2018

Tips for caring for someone with mesothelioma

Tips for caring for someone with mesothelioma

Tips for caring for someone with mesothelioma

A mesothelioma diagnosis can be overwhelming and disheartening, and can also leave you and your family members wondering how to best care for a loved one that has received the diagnosis. The first step towards caring for someone with mesothelioma involves managing the disease by understanding the disease itself. This will not only help you figure out the best way to move forward and which care to give, but it will also be instrumental in maintaining your own mental health.

Mesothelioma is a form of rare cancer that mostly occurs in the layer of the lungs (the pleura).  This type of cancer is known as pleural mesothelioma and is the most common of all the mesotheliomas. More rarely, mesothelioma can also start in the abdomen layer that surrounds the organs of the digestive system (the peritoneum or peritoneal mesothelium). Unfortunately, there is currently no definitive cure for malignant mesothelioma.  If you know someone suffering from mesothelioma, here are some tips for giving care:

Provide support emotionally

Since there is still no definitive cure, the best care you can give is emotional support.  Support in the form of companionship will go a long way; listen to their concerns, offer advice, and just be there. However, it is important to understand that you cannot do everything alone. When dealing with cancer, you will need a team that can rally around you to provide the care required for someone with mesothelioma. Reach out to friends, family, neighbors, and professionals for support.

Know what to say

A lot of phrases used to address cancer patients are some of the ones that cause the most distress.  During this time, you should understand that your loved one is undergoing emotional distress, and how you approach certain issues may determine how they handle the inevitable punches that come with mesothelioma. Therefore, at all times, try and exercise discretion and be sensitive about the situation.

Monitor your loved one’s state

Your loved one may not be in a position to communicate with doctors properly; therefore, it will be up to you to step up to the plate.  If you plan on spending a lot of time with the patient, ensure to monitor the patient’s day to day state, and keep track of the details that may be difficult to recall. As a caregiver, you may also be required to monitor medicine intake, which can be a huge help if any medicines need to be eliminated or when doses need to be adjusted. 



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