living with mesothelioma

What to expect after a mesothelioma diagnosis

Getting a cancer diagnosis is never good news. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer with only 2,000- 3,000 new cases diagnosed in the US each year and most cases can be traced to occupational asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is considered incurable, but in recent years doctors have learned how to better treat and diagnose this particular cancer. …

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Job Discrimination Protection for Cancer Patients

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) offer protection against discrimination on the job. You are protected against discrimination from your employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The act also emphasizes that, if necessary, you should be provided “reasonable accommodations” in order to continue with your job. Under …

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Constipation

Chemotherapy drug treatment can cause a patient to experience constipation, or the uncomfortable passage of hard, dry stools that are infrequent. Some symptoms include bloating, cramping, increased gas and pain. About 50 percent of cancer patients experience constipation. Other side effects can occur from this condition such as decreased appetite and nausea. Drugs That Cause …

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Religion and Spirituality

Some patients may take solace in their religious or spiritual beliefs after receiving their diagnosis.  Patients can often experience an outlet of their pent-up emotions through prayer and meditation.  Many studies have shown that patients who employ such practices have better psychological outlooks during treatment than those who do not.  Also, many clergymen have been …

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