Mesothelioma is cancer caused by asbestos which is commonly occurring in the lining of the lungs or abdomen. The life expectancy is only 18 – 31 months after diagnosis, but the prognosis may improve with treatment.

As family caregivers, it is important to educate ourselves and our seniors about the impact this disease can have to be the best caregiver possible to someone living with this disease.
Gaining a better understanding of your loved one’s risk factors, symptoms, and challenges will help you to provide them with the support and encouragement they will need to cope with the disease in their later years.
Common Symptoms of Mesothelioma Include:

  • Chest pain or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fluid buildup
  • Fatigue
  • Fever and night sweats
  • Weight loss

Mesothelioma cancer treatment commonly combines surgery, chemotherapy, and/or immunotherapy. Patients may also receive radiation or supportive care. Treatment can provide symptom relief and extend life expectancy for mesothelioma patients.
Hearing your aging parent has been diagnosed with mesothelioma can be one of the most difficult moments as their family caregiver. Now is the time for you to start making important decisions regarding their future care, and their journey with the disease. With the increased attention and care they will need and the probability of needing intense treatment and surgeries, it is an opportunity for you to consider starting in-home senior care for them.
Having a senior home care services provider as a part of your care routine with your elderly parent or loved one means they will continue to have access to the personalized attention, support, and assistance they will need to manage their needs now and into the future.
Personalized care duties can range from transportation to appointments, meal preparation, help with tasks around the house, and basic companionship and support. The care provider can help your senior to manage their cancer in the way that is right for them, while also pursuing their highest quality of life as they age in place.
Contact us to explore how we can support your family after a mesothelioma diagnosis.