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Study Concludes that All Mesothelioma Patients Should Receive Palliative Care

mesothelioma treatment A study conducted by researchers from the La Maddalena Cancer Center in Palermo, Italy strongly suggests that those patients who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma would derive significant benefit from receiving palliative care throughout the course of their treatment rather than waiting until they are in the disease’s final stages. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare and always deadly form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Though the average median life expectancy after diagnosis is between eight and twelve months, patients are frequently not offered the benefits of palliative care until they are within weeks of their deaths, and this may lead to needless suffering.

The researchers evaluated almost 700 charts of patients who received palliative care in the last two months of their lives, and of that group, fifty-six were being treated for mesothelioma. In reviewing those patients’ charts, the researchers determined that three out of every four were suffering from high levels of pain despite being prescribed high doses of narcotic pain killers. Many of the patients were experiencing chest pain that was linked to the medications that they were on, while others experienced loss of appetite, nausea, confusion and poor overall health. Many were coughing to excess. All of the patients were quantitatively assessed using a variety of characteristics including the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System, the Karnofsky status, and other characteristics.

Patients who are diagnosed with mesothelioma are usually diagnosed when the condition has advanced to the point where symptoms are uncomfortable, and so for the treatment of this particular disease, the researchers concluded that waiting until a patient has reached at stage 4 may be needlessly delaying the relief that is offered. Said Sebastian Mercadante, Lead Investigator for the study, “Patients were referred to palliative care late in the course of their disease, suggesting that earlier integration of palliative care should be considered to relieve suffering in all disease stages – not only at the end of life.”

Providing mesothelioma patients with pain relief is one of the goals of medical professionals who are caring for them, while providing them with relief from stress is the goal of our mesothelioma law firm. Contact Danziger & De Llano Legal Advocates today at 1-800-692-8608, or visit our website https://mesothelioma.net/mesothelioma-attorneys/, for more information.

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