A research study sponsored by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, aiming to assess how mesothelioma affects patient’s emotional and physical well being, is currently looking for mesothelioma patient volunteers. A portion of the study will assess the effectiveness of providing support to mesothelioma patients through the use of the internet. Patients participating in the study will be asked to fill out questionnaires and participate in online support group discussions. Mesothelioma patients from all over the Unitied States, including California, are invited to apply to participate in the study.
Mesothelioma is a disease that occurs in individuals who have been exposed to asbestos. The disease typically does not develop until many years have passed since the exposure took place. In some instances, mesothelioma does not develop until many decades after the person was exposed to asbestos. There is no cure for pleural malignant mesothelioma, affecting the lining of the lungs. The average life expectancy with the disease is approximately nine months, although every patient’s life expectancy varies. In some instances, patients have lived years after diagnosis, with proper medical attention.
The study, sponsored by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, has a goal of determining how to ease the suffering of those afflicted with mesothelioma.
Some studies estimate that as many as fifty percent of cancers patients will suffer from a depression or anxiety as a result of their cancer diagnosis or symptoms and treatment. The problem is compounded by the fact, that at times doctors may miss the symptoms of chronic anxiety and depression in their patients, as they are focused on the treating the cancer. In 2001 a study in the United Kingdom found that oncologists at cancer centers filed to rate their patients mental state correctly on average 26% of the time.
If you are a mesothelioma patient, and you are suffering any of these symptoms, you should discuss them with you doctor:
A feeling of sadness for more than one day Under eating, or eating way too much Loss of interest in your favorite activities Sleeplessness at night, or sleeping all day long Suicidal thoughts Lethargy
Irritability Feeling Numb Racing Thoughts Confusion over basic tasks Tingling in the hands, feet, or limbs
Remember, there are treatments for depression and anxiety, so individuals should report these symptoms to their doctors.
In California, patients suffering any of these symptoms as a result of being diagnosed with mesothelioma, are entitled to pain and suffering damages under the law. These damages are typically proven during a lawsuit, by the patient testifying during their deposition about the emotional stress they are enduring as a result of the disease. Often time spouses and children can also provide evidence of the suffering they have witnessed. Mike Mandelbrot, founder of the Asbestos Legal Center, believes every mesothelioma patient should be compensated in the legal system for their physical and mental suffering. “All of the suffering associated with mesothelioma was 100% preventable. For decades asbestos was known to be deadly, yet manufacturers unjustifiably chose to continue using it in their products. Justice demands that every person who suffers from the industry decision to use asbestos, be compensated for their injuries.”
More information about the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Center study can be found…
More information about the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Center study can be found here.
If you are a loved one are suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer, or an asbestos related disease, and are in need of legal representation, the Asbestos Legal Center is providing free consultations, at 1-800-970-3878.