- 5 Ways to Support a Mesothelioma Patient
- June 9, 2014
- Law Firm: Brayton Purcell LLP - Novato Office
Mesothelioma can be a devastating disease. It is a rare and incurable form of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is everywhere, and a lot of people can be exposed without knowing it. After diagnosis, mesothelioma patients are expected to live one to two years. Their health can deteriorate, and caregivers may be needed.
It is often the case that the caregivers are a close friend or family member, inexperienced in dealing with an asbestos-related disease. Here are a few simple tips on caregiving for your loved one:
Learn about Mesothelioma
Familiarizing yourself with mesothelioma is just one way to take care of your loved one. Understanding the disease and the side effects will help you deal with certain problems and pains that occur during your time with them.
Get to know their doctor
Building a good relationship with the patient's doctor will give you some security in your efforts of caretaking. You cannot do everything yourself, and it is important to communicate worries or progress to a medical professional familiar with your loved one's condition.
Getting frustrated never really helps you or the patient in the long run. Remaining positive and patient is the best way to get through those tougher days.
Listen to their wants and needs
Mesothelioma patients may not always know what they want - they could be hungry for one thing one day, and something else another, leaving the caretaker feeling like they are failing around dinner time. Picking up on the little things they crave might bring the most joy to both the patient and the caregiver.
Help them seek out help
A mesothelioma patient might not always know where to begin looking for help after diagnosis. Medical treatments may be beginning, turning routines upside down. It is important for mesothelioma patients to speak with an experienced mesothelioma attorney soon after diagnosis, as the statute of limitations varies from state to state. It is often a family member that seeks legal help for their loved one before time runs out.