Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Psychological Aspects of Mesothelioma

A diagnosis of mesothelioma is frightening, and the emotional reactions can be counterproductive when time is of the essence. It is important for victims to come to terms with the illness to face treatment, and for family members to understand the psychological stages and symptoms and support the person through the process:  
  • Shock can inhibit the person from comprehending important information and moving forward with treatment.
  • Denial can be paralyzing if the person pretends nothing is wrong, doesn't want to discuss the disease, or refuses treatment. Often it is family and friends who are in denial, leaving the person without vital emotional support.
  • Fear of dying is a normal reaction, but it can lead to depression and anxiety that interfere with treating the disease. The person needs to know the truth about life expectancy, but also needs to know many people survive for years with a decent quality of life.
  • Fear of the pain associated with treatment is very common. Patients hear horror stories about chemotherapy or radiation sickness, but those tales are outdated. Modern treatment options have less severe side effects. Your doctor is an important source of information about treatment details, so be sure to ask all the questions you may have.
  • Anger is a natural reaction, but often it is misplaced and directed at loved ones, doctors and nurses who are providing care and support. Venting frustrations is healthy, and your support people should not take your outbursts personally. But it may help to speak to friends and family when you are not as angry, or ask them to read these pages if you can't talk about your feelings without the anger getting in the way.
  • Psychological counseling, or a discussion with a spiritual advisor, can be tremendously helpful for both the patient and the supporters. You all will need strength for the hard road ahead.  
If you suspect mesothelioma or have a positive diagnosis, consult your physician immediately and then contact Throneberry Law Group. We offer a free consultation, and our lawyers represent clients nationwide.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day! A big thank you to all the veterans who have so bravely served our country. You are greatly appreciated!

More than 30% of Americans diagnosed with mesothelioma served at one time in the U.S. Military.  Now, 20 or 30 years later, all too many of those U.S. Military Veterans are battling asbestos cancer.  Our firm is proud to help those who bravely served our country by providing nationwide representation to former military veterans who show symptoms of asbestos disease. 

Again, thank you for your service to our country.  Happy Veteran's Day!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mesothelioma Symptoms

In early stages of the disease, mesothelioma may not have any visible symptoms and is very hard to detect. In the later stages, certain symptoms begin to develop and are usually caused by the growth of cancer and its pressure on certain nerves.

 Pleural Mesothelioma:
  • Lower back or chest pain
  • Continual cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Husky voice
  • Weight loss of 10 percent or more
  • Fever or sweating
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic fatigue or easily fatigued by exertion
  • Forgetfulness or memory loss
 Peritoneal Mesothelioma:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Feeling sick
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Constipation and diarrhea
Some of the above symptoms, especially chronic breathing problems and fatigue from minimal activity, can also be indications of other asbestos disease, such as asbestosis or lung cancer. Of course, these may be symptoms of a completely unrelated illness. However, if you have been exposed to asbestos in the past or if the symptoms persist, it is very important that you consult with your physician or health care provider immediately.

Monday, October 18, 2010

What is Asbestos?

Q: What is asbestos?
A: A microscopic threadlike fiber, asbestos is a common mineral found throughout the world. It is mined and used in consumer products and construction materials because of its strength and flexibility and its heat-resistant properties. If asbestos becomes airborne and dust like, it can be breathed into and lodged in the lungs. Asbestos particles in the lungs can cause terrible - even fatal - diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer that can take decades to develop after asbestos exposure.