Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the organs in the human body. This type of cancer is often found in the lungs, and although there are several different treatments available, for many, a complete recovery is not always possible.
Patients suffering from mesothelioma often take medication for the rest of their lives. Therefore, it is important that those suffering from this disease find the right combination of medications to allow them to live as comfortable as possible. The right combination of medications can help successfully lessen pain, while allowing for the side effects.
Some common side effects of cancer medications include:
The American Cancer Society cautions patients that discontinuing opioid medication can cause serious withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, those who feel that they need to make changes in any of their prescribed medications must consult with their doctor or oncology team before doing so.
It may be important to keep in mind that those who require opioid pain medication sometimes find that the side effects lessen over time. However, an oncology team can adjust dosages, discuss personalized ways to mange side effects, and prescribe other medications to lessen side effects.
Additionally, mesothelioma patients should talk to their doctor about dietary and other changes that may help to alleviate medication side effects, including:
The primary risk factor for mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Asbestos occurs naturally in the environment, and as a result this durable, anti-flammable mineral can be found in many everyday products, such as:
When asbestos products are broken down into small dust like particles, those that inhale these particles are at risk for mesothelioma. However, it should be noted that even those who are exposed to asbestos over long periods of time never develop mesothelioma.
Preventing mesothelioma first starts with discovering if there is a risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure is often prevalent in the construction, ship building, and mining industries. Additionally, it is important to follow all safety regulations in the workplace, including wearing protective clothing and using safety equipment.
If you would like more information regarding managing mesothelioma medication or you were exposed to asbestos in the workplace, contact a knowledgeable Delaware mesothelioma lawyer at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Our lawyers are ready to hear the individual details of your case to determine what types of compensation you and your family are entitled to. For a free initial consultation, call us today at 302-656-5445 or contact us online. Our offices are in Georgetown and Wilmington, Delaware, and we proudly serve clients in Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.