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Mesothelioma is a rare cancer, and only about 3,000 Americans a year are diagnosed with the disease, which attacks the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Prognosis typically depends on the type of mesothelioma and the stage at which the cancer is detected.
The most effective treatment for mesothelioma is multimodal — a combination of therapies. Surgery followed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy shows the best results. Some patients are expressing increased interest in alternative and emerging treatments.
Patients today are living longer than usual, thanks to improved treatments and specialized medical care. Experimental treatments conducted in clinical trials are also showing some promise.
Because of the large number of asbestos parts and products once used by the U.S. military, veterans are especially susceptible to developing mesothelioma. But veterans are also unique in that this disease makes them eligible for extra financial and medical benefits through the VA.
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Mental health counselor Dana Nolan hosts a monthly support group where patients, spouses and caregivers share their experiences and emotions.
Patients diagnosed with the disease can often turn to bankruptcy trust funds, seek a settlement, file a workers’ compensation claim or take their case to trial. Veterans can file a VA claim.
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Patricia returned to a life of traveling and gardening following treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma. Support from loved ones provided a boost for her.
A Vietnam veteran who served 19 years in the Navy, John fishes and enjoys his granddaughter after surgery for pleural mesothelioma.
Pete K. traveled back to his high school days as a serious wrestler and football player in explaining how he has fought off the [...]