I Have Mesothelioma — What Now?
Cancer. It’s a scary diagnosis for you and your loved ones. As a mesothelioma patient, chances are you’re experiencing a wide range of emotions right now, including fear, shock, and confusion. There are likely many questions swirling around in your head. How did this happen? What’s my prognosis? Where do I find treatment? What about my family?
It’s easy to become overwhelmed, but at Mesothelioma Hub, we’re here to help. Instead of hitting the panic button, we encourage you to press pause. Information is power, and you’ll find the support you need on this site.
What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer that results from exposure to a mineral called asbestos, which was once commonly used in buildings as insulation or as a flame retardant. It’s a carcinogen that was largely banned in the late 1970s but still exists in the walls of many old structures. The majority of people with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos at work, after handling the material and inhaling or ingesting the fibers. This is called ‘direct exposure.’ A smaller percentage develop an illness of ‘indirect’ causes from the clothing or shoes of a spouse or loved one who works with asbestos-laden products.
Each year, an estimated 3,300 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with mesothelioma. At first glance, that’s a seemingly small number of patients, especially when compared to more common types of cancer, such as breast or prostate cancer. Yes, mesothelioma is rare. But that doesn’t mean you’re destined to become a statistic. We’re here to arm you with information and hope.
Hope for Mesothelioma Patients
Mesothelioma patients may be dealing with a rare type of cancer, but that’s no reason to lose hope. There are mesothelioma support groups and charities in many different areas of the country, as well as patient advocates who can answer questions and provide support. In the medical community, new treatments are helping people manage their symptoms and improving — even extending — lives.