If you have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and are being treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other advanced protocols, these treatments and the disease itself likely put you in the category of people who are immunocompromised. This puts you at far greater risk when it comes to the effects of COVID-19. Here is what you need to know.
Mesothelioma Can Lead to Your Immune System Being Compromised
Malignant mesothelioma is one of several conditions that can suppress or impact your immune system, and this means that you are far more vulnerable to being impacted by illnesses like the common cold and bacteria, as well as by the highly contagious coronavirus that has been identified as a global pandemic.
When your immune system has been suppressed by lung disease, mesothelioma, or mesothelioma treatment, it is no longer able to activate its natural defenses that would fight back against the virus. You are more likely to have minor symptoms develop into life-threatening conditions like pneumonia, or your body may not respond to pathogens in the same way that occurs in those with healthy immune systems, making it harder to spot the fact that you are ill.
How Mesothelioma Patients Can Take Care of Themselves
The first and most important thing that those with mesothelioma can do to protect themselves is to remain at home and limit exposure to people who may be carrying the virus. Even well-meaning visitors who have no symptoms may have been exposed to the virus. Though you may feel isolated, it is important that you take extra precautions such as insisting on constant hand washing, or having those who you come into contact with wear masks and gloves.
Beyond these steps and the steps suggested by your physician, you should also do everything you can to boost your health. Lack of sleep or good nutrition can contribute to immune system problems, so try to get the rest you need and eat a healthy diet. If you believe that you may have been exposed or begin to exhibit symptoms, contact your physician immediately.
If you or someone you love has been affected by mesothelioma and you need information about staying as healthy as possible, the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net can help. Contact us today at 1-800-692-8608.