Many people think that the burden of Mesothelioma lies on the person who has been diagnosed with the disease. This is true in that the person diagnosed has the burden of suffering from the disease, going through the rigorous and complicated treatments, and dealing with the prognosis of the disease. However, many people who do not actually receive the diagnosis also carry the burden of Mesothelioma when a loved one is diagnosed. The fact is that thousands of new cases of Mesothelioma are diagnosed each year, and the prognosis is not good. The average lifespan of somebody newly diagnosed with the disease is 12 to 18 months from initial diagnosis. In an attempt to increase this by even months, the treatment may begin immediately, and let’s face it, the options are brutal.
First line treatment for Mesothelioma is usually aggressive chemotherapy. This may be followed by additional chemo treatments, along with radiation, and perhaps major surgery to remove the infected part of the body, which is usually a lung. During this treatment, family and loved ones are there to care for the person with Mesothelioma. Many families suffer terribly while watching a loved one go through this process, and knowing there isn’t much that they can do to change the outcome. Spouses step forward to care for the person suffering from the disease while taking on the extra financial and household burdens, as well. Every member of the family goes through the stages of the disease, and everybody carries the burden of Mesothelioma.
Unfortunately, at this time there is no cure for this aggressive and debilitating cancer. Researchers and scientists are working diligently to develop better treatment options and to attempt to cure this disease. It is known that Asbestos exposure causes Mesothelioma. Thus, advocacy groups are working hard to make this mineral unavailable and to have it listed as hazardous. However, many countries still mine the product and it is still used in building materials in many developing countries. The burden of Mesothelioma continues to grow each and every year, as more and more people are diagnosed with this horrible and aggressive cancer.
When seeking treatment for Mesothelioma, it is important to remember that the psyche is also affected and damaged, and it is necessary to treat the psychological aspects of the disease as well as the physical. Many families need help in getting through this type of trauma. It is important for families to get the help they need to carry the burden of Mesothelioma together.