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How are mesothelioma and asbestosis managed?

It may have taken you awhile to get into the doctor's office and get diagnosed for the symptoms from which you had been suffering for quite some time. But once you have been given a diagnosis of mesothelioma or asbestosis, you will need to learn how to manage your condition.

At the present time, neither are curable. Your doctor will manage your symptoms and arrange an appropriate treatment plan, but the first priority should be to make sure that you have no additional exposures to asbestos.

Additionally, any patients who still smoke cigarettes should make every effort to cease all tobacco usage immediately. Medically, you will need to have your pulmonary functions closely monitored and get frequent radiographs of the chest area so doctors can see if the disease is spreading.

Palliative care that can ensure your comfort level should be provided throughout the disease progression.

If you are still well enough to work and must continue to be the breadwinner for your family, consulting with an occupational specialist is a good idea. He or she can instruct you on how best to protect yourself on the job from deadly asbestos exposures by wearing special protective gear and only working in well-ventilated areas.

For those whose conditions have progressed to the point where working is no longer an option, workers' compensation is one possible source of income. Disability payments through Social Security is another avenue to explore.

It is also possible to seek remuneration from the employers, both current and former, that caused your exposure to deadly asbestos. Pursuing an asbestos lawsuit can force them to accept liability for your deteriorating health conditions.

Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, "Asbestos Toxicity How Should Patients Exposed to Asbestos Be Treated and Managed?," accessed Nov. 25, 2016

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