Malignant Mesothelioma: How to Find Help for Both Patients and Their Families


Families of loved ones who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma experience the sort

of devastation and distress that just like any kind of cancer, has an impact on both patients and their

immediate family.

Rare type of cancer

As anyone involved with mesothelioma claims will confirm, malignant mesothelioma is a rare,

asbestos-related cancer which manifests itself on the protective tissue that cover our lungs and


The majority of confirmed cases are diagnosed as pleural mesothelioma and can generally be traced

back to job-related exposure to asbestos at some point.

Exposure to asbestos has been dramatically reduced as a result of legislation but a steady number of

people are still getting mesothelioma due to the fact that it takes anywhere from 20 to 50 years for

symptoms to emerge after exposure to asbestos.

Developing an understanding

There is currently no cure for mesothelioma and the outlook for any diagnosed with the condition

still remains poor in general terms, but recent research has made significant progress in having a

better understanding of this cancer, which has led to some new treatment options and alternative

therapies becoming available.

Receiving the news that you have a condition like this is almost certain to affect your emotional

health and cause a fair degree of instability and uncertainty in your life, which is why it is important

to have the support of those that love you throughout this traumatic period and every step of the


Support of loved ones

Help and support is available for both patients and their families, as this is an emotional journey that

is better tackled together rather than in isolation.

If you are diagnosed with a form of mesothelioma it is more than likely that you may initially feel

completely overwhelmed by a number of differing and powerful emotions.

You will almost certainly have a period of reflection where you contemplate the prospect of death

and it is quite normal to also have concerns about the effect your diagnosis will have on your family

and friends as well as your own future.

The vast majority of people who become personally entwined with the effects of a cancer diagnosis

will benefit from getting some support and the support of your loved ones as well as the

professionals treating you and various support groups, will all be some source of comfort at such a

difficult time.

Considering hospice care

Hospice care provides emotional and spiritual support for terminally ill patients and their families

and the focus at this point is very much on care rather than cure.

Understanding this scenario as a patient or family member will often help the use of hospice care to

manage the practicalities of the situation more easily and also provide you with support and

guidance on dealing with the great emotional challenge of caring for a loved one who is dying.

Hospice is an alternative to palliative care which is a healthcare approach to treating patients

through the combined use of medications as well as providing help with psychosocial and spiritual


Whichever route you decide to take, it is a painful and stressful journey that is better tackled with

the support of families and friends.

Lindsy Marine works as a health practitioner and always appreciates the opportunity to share her

insights and suggestions with an online audience. She understands the need for guidance and

information and is a regular writer for a number of online consumer resources.