Mesothelioma Support and Resources
Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive type of cancer. It averages 3,000 new diagnoses each year in the United States. Support is available to patients and their caregivers during this trying time. In-person and online support groups and one-on-one mentorship are just a few options available.
Coping with a Mesothelioma Diagnosis
A mesothelioma diagnosis raises a combination of questions and fears. Patients face painful treatment side effects with a potentially short life expectancy. Caregivers may become overwhelmed as they attempt to remain strong for the patient’s sake while processing their own emotions about the diagnosis and its impact on their lives.
The Role of Mental Health in Prognoses
Psychological factors have been linked to a higher quality of life and a reduction of pain in cancer patients. According to the MD Anderson Center, a positive attitude and a supportive environment are among the most important factors in determining a prognosis.
Caregivers also need support. Caregivers suffer alongside the patient. They are often family members or close friends who are not professional caregivers. They may feel helpless watching their loved one suffer painful symptoms and side effects. Their financial situation may change as they have to miss days at work or sacrifice employment altogether.
They face burnout and overwhelm as they direct their attention to the patient’s needs while placing their own on the back burner. They may experience changes in their physical and mental health. Fortunately, there are many support groups available for caregivers as well.
Local Support Groups
Local Resources for Caregivers
Online Support Groups
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
MD Anderson Support Groups
The Cancer Support Community
Online Resources to Update Others
Vlogging is a video version of a blog, where you speak via video rather than writing your updates. This can be accomplished on popular social media platforms like TikTok and YouTube or through a blogging platform.
Blogging can have a positive impact on mindset in individuals suffering from terminal illnesses or chronic pain by providing a meaningful activity leading to more positive pain management and social connectedness. It may inspire others.
Unite to Support Awareness
Every year, ADAO hosts the International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference. The 17th annual conference will be held virtually September 16-17, 2022.
Connecting with survivors is an effective way to start educating yourself. Additional educational resources include the following:
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