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Palliative Care for Mesothelioma

Palliative care is an area of healthcare and disease management. It is similar to hospice in that it helps patients manage their disease symptoms to rid them of pain rather than directly treat the source of the pain. However, unlike hospice treatment, palliative care is not only available to patients with terminal illnesses; people with all kinds of conditions can benefit from it. Many people with mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer primarily caused by asbestos, benefit from palliative care.

What is Palliative Care?

This type of healthcare works to keep patients as pain- and stress-free as possible, even in the face of a painful disease like mesothelioma. Palliative care can also address the needs of the loved ones in order to help them through this devastating situation as well.

Palliative Care Techniques

With mesothelioma, palliative care doctors and specialists will often look for the simplest techniques possible to treat the symptoms of the cancer. Symptoms of mesothelioma and the types of palliative care associated with them include:

  • Dry mouth – providing humidified air, sucking on vitamin C tablets, chewing sugarless gum
  • Skin problems – adding baby oil, mineral oil, or baking soda to bath water
  • Shortness of breath – teaching relaxation techniques or changing body position to help airflow
  • Pain – medication, muscle relaxation, meditation, biofeedback therapy
  • Fatigue – exercise, stress management, changes in diet

Of course, palliative care strives to keep patients as comfortable as possible, but it does not address the spread of the cancer. However, often this stress relief can help someone face more  treatments for the cancer itself.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the stress of this situation can make it difficult to function and face cancer treatment. To help you with your pain and worries, you may be interested in palliative care. For more information regarding mesothelioma and its treatment, please fill out the contact form located at the top of the page.

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