Mesothelioma and COVID-19: An Informational Session

Cancer & Caregiving
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Publication Date: 04/29/2020
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Many families and caregivers of mesothelioma patients are asking themselves what they should be doing during the time of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. EST, The Mesothelioma Center will be hosting two of our resident experts on a panel to answer some of your questions about dealing with mesothelioma during the pandemic. This session will be recorded for those unable to attend the live discussion.


Dr. Snehal Smart and registered nurse Karen Selby will be presenting guidance and answering questions on the safest practices for mesothelioma patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the webinar, they will be covering:

  • How COVID-19 spreads from person to person
  • The risks and complications of a possible infection
  • How to protect yourself with the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Safe and effective methods of caregiving during quarantine
  • Signs and symptoms of the disease and how they compare to mesothelioma
  • How to ask your doctor about continuing your cancer treatment

Being aware of how COVID-19 can be transmitted and how to spot the warning signs can prevent you or your loved ones from spending unnecessary time in the hospital.

Quick Fact:
More than half of cancer patients who contracted COVID-19 developed severe events while in the hospital.
Source: Annals of Oncology, March 2020.

In addition to disseminating information on the health concerns of the virus and the steps you can take to mitigate infection, our experts will also be detailing how to manage mesothelioma treatment.

Determining how and when to continue cancer therapy is a difficult decision to make during the pandemic. Our panelists will help you find out whether continuing cancer therapy is the right choice.

Medical visits don’t look the same as they did two months ago. This webinar will explain how telemedicine is changing the face of health care and what your next doctor appointment might be like.

Seeing your physician or oncologist during this time may present a new set of challenges and obstacles. Being prepared for these changes will help you feel more comfortable as you continue treatment.

Our mesothelioma experts will also be providing valuable information for caregivers and family members, such as:

  • How to continue providing meals and medical support
  • The safest ways to provide care
  • Managing your patient’s medications and therapies
  • Preparing a plan if either you or your patient becomes sick
  • What to expect during cancer treatments
  • How you can provide care remotely
  • Caregiving while going back to work
Quick Fact:
In a recent survey of cancer patients and loved ones, the most common emotion during the pandemic has been worry. Almost half of patients said their doctor visits had been missed, postponed or cancelled.
Source: The Mesothelioma Center at, 2020.

The webinar will also cover important strategies for staying active during self-quarantine. There will be a discussion on how to approach going outside for activities and how much exercise patients and caregivers should be getting.

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Background on the Experts

Dr. Snehal Smart

Dr. Snehal Smart is an experienced patient advocate and medical advisor who has spent years explaining medical diseases and terminology to patients and families since completing her medical degree. Smart focuses specifically on mesothelioma and has a unique understanding of how the current health crisis affects these patients.

She has helped connect patients with top mesothelioma specialists and clinical trials for new and developing treatments. After assisting mesothelioma patients for many years, she has come to learn the questions asked most often and common fears these patients face.

Patients and family members may become confused by conflicting information during the pandemic. However, Smart hopes to help them find answers and feel confident about their future with the information that will be provided in this webinar.

Karen Selby, R.N.

Karen Selby is a registered nurse and patient advocate for The Mesothelioma Center at She has worked as a transplant nurse, regional director of a tissue bank and a thoracic surgical nurse, assisting surgeons with several different types of lung surgeries.

Since joining The Mesothelioma Center, Selby has helped provide patients the tools and resources they need to fight cancer. She recognizes that every mesothelioma patient is different and has their own set of needs. She is also a member of the Academy of Oncology Nurses & Patient Navigators.

Selby has authored hundreds of informational pieces for patients and continues to provide expert opinions on current events and best health practices. With the aid of this webinar, she hopes patients and caregivers will find peace of mind and be able to face the changes in their cancer care with renewed focus and strength.

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