Information. Answers. Help. Every mesothelioma patient needs quality resources and support, and The Mesothelioma Center provides all of this through a number of free programs. These resources are yours for the taking.
One of our most-requested services is for our informational packet about mesothelioma. In terms of information, it is one of the most detailed and comprehensive resources about this disease that is compiled anywhere. Each packet is customized for the person or family that requests one, and it includes books and pamphlets that cover all aspects of mesothelioma – the various types, treatments and details about doctors and treatment centers around the United States. There are personal stories from caregivers and details about financial help available to patients. The complimentary packet is a one-stop resource for help.
3 Must-Read Books
200 pages of Doctor-Reviewed Information
We have four mesothelioma-related books that can help families coping with this disease. Each book has a special message. "100 Questions & Answers about Mesothelioma" is a practical, easy-to-read reference about mesothelioma. "Lean on Me" is the personal account of Lorraine Kember, who was a caregiver for her husband. "Surviving Mesothelioma" details the journey of mesothelioma survivor Judy Glezinski. And "What to Eat if You Have Cancer" is a no-nonsense guide to foods that help your body deal with cancer while undergoing treatment and recovering. Pick one or more of these books to help you on your journey.
"Thank you so much for the bracelets, the book Lean on Me and talking with me for such a long time. It was such as blessing. I read the book in one afternoon and my heart was broken for her. It is so important for this horrible cancer to be eliminated. It is a cancer no one should ever have gotten."
Pat Bradbury Cleveland, Tennessee
Wristbands have a universal meaning: support. But support for mesothelioma and asbestos awareness is different in that the disease is so rare and the cause is so seldom understood that any increased awareness means so much more. If a loved one or friend has mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, these blue wristbands help share a message that asbestos must be banned and mesothelioma must be prevented. Believe it or not, asbestos is not even banned yet in the United States. Join the cause and wear it on your wrist.
Lung cancer can also be caused by exposure to asbestos, and Asbestos.com has a complimentary informational packet that addresses asbestos-related lung cancer. This personally tailored packet can inform a patient or family about lung cancer and about the best places to get treatment.
Patient's Guide to Lung Cancer takes an informed and thorough walk through the lung cancer process, from diagnosis to treatment, from a patient's point of view. Co-written by three doctors, the book can answer many questions about this cancer.
Veterans often contact us looking for guidance in a number of areas related to mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases. Our Veterans Department helps them by answering questions about obtaining extra benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and by helping them secure those benefits. In addition, Veterans Department coordinator Carl Jewett, a retired U.S. Navy officer and an accredited Veterans Service Officer, specializes in writing asbestos exposure summaries in just the way the VA likes to have them. That gets money from the VA to the veteran fast. Our Veterans Department also excels at dealing with Social Security Benefits.
What could be better than wanting a specialist to treat your disease and having someone willing to find one for you? For free? That's what our Doctor Match program does. We do the research to connect you with a mesothelioma doctor near you or one who can treat your type of disease. All we need to start is information about your particular disease, your location and a little bit of insurance information. Beyond that, we do the work, you get the care. The program is designed for the patient and is easy to get into. Take advantage of it.
"It was God's hand at work when I hit the button on Asbestos.com. My sister is so excited that she is calling Dr. Kindler at the University of Chicago right now and making the appointment for my mom. God bless you and your organization."
Cheryl Metz Woodridge, Illinois
Simply put, money is available for people who have mesothelioma or some other asbestos-related condition. Companies in the United States put aside more than $30 billion into trust accounts to help people affected by these diseases, and there are a number of ways to gain access to that money. We can guide you through that process. In addition, former members of the U.S. armed services and senior citizens are potentially eligible for other financial assistance related to asbestos conditions. If you believe you may be entitled to some of these funds, let us know. We'll show you how to get the help you want or need.
The mesothelioma community is a small but tight-knit group that deserves the best of resources. Our support group is a free, one-of-a-kind service for mesothelioma patients, families, caregivers and friends. Licensed mental health counselor Dana Nolan gathers the group once a month so members can share and learn from one another. The goal is to provide emotional support and awareness of resources to anyone who needs them. This is not group therapy. It’s education-based, over-the-phone comfort and from-the-heart discussions.
Our staff of Patient Advocates listens to and then finds help for people with mesothelioma and their family members – for free.
Anyone diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma or peritoneal mesothelioma is eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
Fact: People survive mesothelioma. And we talk to many of them every day. Our Wall of Hope is our compilation of those who want to tell their stories to inspire and inform. So much about mesothelioma is unknown. Learn from those who have taken this journey.
One thing we do best at Asbestos.com is communicate with doctors about why they chose to help people with mesothelioma and what new techniques they are using. These are exclusive one-on-one interviews, and they give patients insight into the people charged with helping them live longer.