Thanks to breakthroughs in traditional treatments and integrating alternative therapies, mesothelioma survivors are improving their prognoses and living beyond their initial life expectancy. Their stories of survival serve as inspiration to people who were recently diagnosed.
Support for Survivors and Their Families
Finding out you or a loved one has mesothelioma can feel overwhelming, but you do not have to face this situation alone. There are many cancer survivors and caregivers who will listen to your hopes and fears with an open heart and give you advice based on their experiences.
Many hospitals and churches host cancer support groups where people can meet in person. You may not find many people familiar with mesothelioma near where you live, but if you search online, you will find an active community that you can turn to for support.
Learning from medical professionals, patient advocates and mesothelioma survivors will help you understand what steps to take on your treatment journey.
Protecting Your Lungs: Avoid tobacco smoke and other types of air contamination.
Eating Right: Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein, and cut back on processed foods.
Staying Active: Do as much light exercise as you can every day, and keep your mind occupied with activities you enjoy.
Making the Most of Your Time: Mesothelioma survivors thrive on spending time with friends and family, living with a sense of purpose and being grateful for what they have.
Facing mesothelioma is difficult for a patient’s whole family, and caregivers need just as much help as patients do. If you are taking care of a loved one with mesothelioma, don’t hesitate to seek out support for yourself as well.
Mesothelioma Survivors and Their Stories
Thanks to advancements in treatment and earlier detection, many mesothelioma patients have been able to outlive their initial prognosis by years. These survivor stories provide hope and inspiration.
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Why Do Some Mesothelioma Patients Live Longer Than Others?
Surviving mesothelioma is an ever-evolving science. How long someone lives following a diagnosis depends on a number of factors, including the stage of the cancer, its location, how fast it spreads, and a person’s overall health, age and gender. Life expectancy varies from case to case.
Early detection plays a vital role in increasing someone’s chance of becoming a long-term survivor. The earlier mesothelioma is detected, the more treatment options a patient has. The development of new diagnostic techniques has led to more effective treatments.
Regardless of the type or subtype of mesothelioma, living beyond one year is above-average survival. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the disease, but the most survivable type is peritoneal mesothelioma.
A knowledgeable specialist can treat the cancer aggressively, increasing your odds of long-term survival. Finding the right specialist can make a world of difference with a rare cancer such as mesothelioma. Improved surgical techniques, better drug combinations and more targeted therapies are important to increased survival rates.
We feature inspirational stories on our Wall of Hope, including first-person accounts of how mesothelioma survivors are fighting and winning their battles.
Each survivor has a different story, but all of them share something: hope. We hope their stories inspire you and help you in some way.
In Memoriam: Mesothelioma Survivors We Lost
We honor the stories of mesothelioma survivors who lived their lives to the fullest before they passed. But their stories still serve as a reminder of the medical advancements needed to cure this disease.
Karen Selby joined Asbestos.com in 2009. She is a registered nurse with a background in oncology and thoracic surgery and was the regional director of a tissue bank before becoming a Patient Advocate at The Mesothelioma Center. Karen has assisted surgeons with thoracic surgeries such as lung resections, lung transplants, pneumonectomies, pleurectomies and wedge resections. She is also a member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators.
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