Being diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis is a life changing event. It comes with a lot of questions, but the most important one is “what’s next?” The answer depends on how early on the diagnosis is made and how far along the disease is.
For Asbestosis, a chronic interior lung disease, treatments in the early stages include the use of a humidifier, oxygen therapy, and chest percussion. If fluid build-up is becoming an issue postural drainage may help relieve the symptoms of chest congestion, tightness and difficulty breathing. Because asbestosis can lower the effectiveness of the immune system, antibiotics are often prescribed to prevent secondary infections. Pain medications are also administered to help alleviate the pain associated with chronic asbestosis.
In cases where traditional medical treatments are only partially effective, alternative treatments might provide relief or help a victim control the pain. Homeopathy, biofeedback, meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional medicine have all been suggested although there is no definitive study that shows a correlation between these alternative therapies and pain reduction or reduced breathing issues.
In more advanced stages, full lung transplants are often the only available treatment. This option is not available to many patients because the qualifications are extremely and the patient has to be strong enough to handle this extremely serious surgery.
Mesothelioma, although also caused by exposure to asbestos, is a much different animal altogether. Mesothelioma attacks the lining of the interior organs in the chest and takes much longer to present itself. Diagnostics including a tissue biopsy and chest x-ray or MRI will be done to determine the scope of the cancer. After this a course of action will be determined.
For most people mesothelioma diagnosis doesn’t occur until it is in the last stage of development. At this point, treatments involve a very aggressive combination of chemotherapy, radiation treatment and possible surgery to relieve fluid pressure on the lungs.
In the case of early diagnosis there are several options to help control the spread of the cancer and improve both the length and quality of life of the mesothelioma sufferer. One of the most effective treatments for early stage mesothelioma is the removal of the infected tissue. This includes removal of the pleura, pericardium, and sometimes portions of the affected lung and diaphragm.
The removed tissue is replaced with a synthetic membrane that is resistant to future cancer. Also during this surgery, intra-operative, directed chemotherapy can be used to directly treat cancerous tumors without exposing healthy tissue to the potentially damaging chemicals. A newer treatment involves injecting talc into the pleural cavity to help prevent the build-up of fluid around the lungs and pericardium.
In addition to the curative strategies that are employed through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, alternative medical practices can be used to help reduce the pain that is associated with mesothelioma. Supplemental oxygen tanks are often used to deliver higher concentrations of oxygen to the lungs to combat the feelings of fatigue that come with shortness of breath.
Focused breathing exercises also help sufferers learn to control the depth and frequency of their breathing to alleviate the pain associated with deep gasps. Acupuncture, aromatherapy, biofeedback, hypnotherapy, massage, meditation, and various soft tissue manipulations are also possible alternatives to reduce the pain associated with mesothelioma. None of these options are curative, but they do help improve the quality of life for the mesothelioma sufferer.
All of the potential asbestos disease treatments come with a hefty price tag. More often than not, these treatments exceed patient’s medical coverage. That is why it is imperative that you contact a law firm that specializes in mesothelioma litigation immediately. Our firm, Bergman Draper Landenburg, has helped mesothelioma and asbestosis sufferers collect over $500 million to assure that they continue to receive the best medical care available.
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