You’ve received a malignant mesothelioma diagnosis. Now what do you do? First, let us at Mesothelioma Circle tell you how very sorry we are.
Learning that you have malignant mesothelioma can come as a shock. How did you react? You may have felt numb, frightened, or angry. You may not have believed what the doctor was saying. You may have felt all alone, even if your friends and family were in the same room with you. These feelings are all normal, according to the National Cancer Institute. (NCI)
For many people, the first few weeks after a malignant mesothelioma diagnosis are very hard. You may have trouble focusing on conversations, eating, or sleeping.
People with cancer and those close to them experience a wide range of feelings and emotions. These feelings can change often and without warning.
At times, you may:
- be angry, afraid, or worried
- not really believe that you have cancer
- feel out of control and not able to care for yourself
- be sad, guilty, or lonely
You may be afraid or worried about:
- being in pain, either from the cancer or the treatment
- feeling sick or looking different as a result of your treatment
- taking care of your family
- paying your bills
These are all valid. Most people feel better when they know what to expect. It is important for you to learn more about malignant mesothelioma, its treatment and what legal rights you may have to help care for you and your family.
Here are some tips based on information from the Mayo Clinic.
10 questions to ask about your malignant mesothelioma diagnosis
Try to obtain as much basic, useful information as possible about your malignant mesothelioma diagnosis. Consider bringing a family member or friend with you to your first few doctor appointments. Write down your questions and concerns beforehand and bring them with you. Consider asking:
1. Where is the cancer?
2. Has it spread?
3. What stage is it in?
4. What other tests or procedures do I need?
5. What are my treatment options?
6. How will the treatment benefit me?
7. What can I expect during treatment?
8. What are the side effects of the treatment?
9. When should I call the doctor?
10. How long can I expect to live?
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
1. Eat a healthy diet consisting of a variety of foods. This can improve your energy level.
2. Get adequate rest to help you manage the stress and fatigue of the cancer and its treatment.
3. Exercise and participate in enjoyable activities. Recent data suggest that people who maintain some physical exercise during treatment not only cope better, but may also live longer.
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