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The Relief That Hospice Can Provide for Mesothelioma Patients

If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, then you’ve been thrust into a strange and frightening new world. Your schedule is filled with doctors’ appointments and treatment dates and your head is likely spinning with new terminology that you need to learn. There is so much you need to learn: the difference between palliative and curative care; how to get involved in a clinical trial and whether that is appropriate for you; how this happened to you in the first place and how your family will survive (both emotionally and financially) without you. Though it may seem like you can’t learn one more thing, it is important that you take the time to investigate and consider hospice care and the relief that it can provide.

If you speak to family members of those who mesothelioma has claimed, they will often say that the care that they received from their hospice team was what they valued most. Whether hospice is provided in your home or in a dedicated hospice facility, in a nursing home or in your hospital room, the caring professionals that have dedicated themselves to this profession are there to ensure that you are comfortable, safe, and supported.

Hospice does not replace your medical care and it does not represent giving up on your life. Your hospice team will work hand-in-hand with your physician to make sure that you are getting the medication and medical treatment that you need. But they also go one step beyond this, providing emotional support for your family and helping all involved to deal with the burden of a terminal illness. Depending on the service you select they may help with recreational activities or spiritual counseling, grief support and even household activities like running errands. The team can check in to make sure that you have the pain relief you need, or can be there for the mesothelioma patient round the clock.

Your medical team can help you recognize when it is time to enter hospice care, but the most common trigger for it beginning is once you’ve decided that you no longer want to receive treatments and you want to be in the comfort of your own home.

If you have questions about hospice care or any other aspect of mesothelioma care, the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net can help. Contact us today at 1-800-692-8608 for more information.

Terri Oppenheimer

Terri Oppenheimer is an experienced blog writer, editor, and proofreader. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. She specializes in providing content for websites and finds tremendous enjoyment in the things she learns while doing her research. Her specific areas of expertise include health, medical research, and law.

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