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Palliative care



It is important for mesothelioma patient and his family to receive palliative care if the disease has poor and, at the same time, well-defined prognosis. The majority of the patients require symptom palliation since they have received the diagnosis. It is important to understand that there are physical, psychological, and social aspects of any symptom. The aim of palliative care is to ease the physical symptoms like pain and fulfill the social, psychological, and spiritual needs.

It is often difficult for the patient, the family, and the general practitioner to admit that the only possible treatment in most cases is palliative care. Common things for mesothelioma patients are frustration and anger, generally caused by particular aspects of the disease, litigation and pensions.

Mesothelioma patients may also receive palliative therapies. They can follow the suction of the excess fluid from the body with the needle. The fluid drainage is mostly followed by feeding the drugs through a tube directly into the chest to avoid new fluid accumulation.

Sometimes mesothelioma patients are treated with treatments combinations and a mixture of drugs. Final choice of the type of treatment still depends on the factors like health and the age of the patient, the level of the disease's advancement and its location.

There are a lot of medical research studies carried out nowadays giving the hope that an effective way to treat mesothelioma will be found soon. These trials ore held by the professionals who monitor if the treatment which is under research can be successful for general treatment of mesothelioma. These trials are also a chance for those who let the researchers use them in their experiments with hope that the drug which is being tested would result in a successful cure for themselves and thousands of similar people.

There are a number of treatments that are done in order to make the patient feel better and to prolong his life until the moment when the disease will possibly be cured. Other kind of treatment, palliative care, doesn't fight with cancer being the means for the symptoms relief. Such treatments as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy may be applied both as treatment and as palliation of symptoms.

It is up to the patient to choose whether he wants to receive supportive or palliative care in case the advancement of the disease and the health of the patient don't let him afford chemotherapy or surgery, or in case he simply has no desire to be the subject of an aggressive treatment. The approximate length of the survival period for mesothelioma patients receiving only supportive care is from 4 to 9 months since the disease has been caught.

Supportive care is sometimes the only choice, though in case the patient has decided to make an attempt to fight the disease and is informed about few options it is advisable for him to consult with another team of specialists to get an alternative opinion. Despite mesothelioma is not the most common disease, there are new treatments being invented and developed. So, be sure to follow the latest options.

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