Pleural Mesothelioma & Seniors
Mesothelioma is an incurable, asbestos-related cancer that typically affects the lining of the lungs. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, dry coughing, and chest pain.
There is a long latency period associated with mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma, approximately 20-50 years, about 80% of those who are diagnosed with this terrible disease are seniors. The average age of mesothelioma patients is 69.
Pleural mesothelioma accounts for 75% of cases. It forms on the soft tissue covering the lungs and sometimes abdomen. The prognosis for this type of cancer is poor because there is no cure, and the cancer is aggressive once it develops. Those who can undergo multimodal therapy, which is a combination of two or more treatments, have an improved prognosis. And some mesothelioma survivors have lived a long time despite the poor prognosis.
Fortunately, for seniors and their families, there are treatment options and advocacy centers, such as The Pleural Mesothelioma Center. The Pleural Mesothelioma Center offers free assistance and resources to anyone coping with pleural mesothelioma, as well as their loved ones. This is done through patient advocacy, medical content from our accredited experts, public outreach, and a veterans department specifically for those who have served.
Many mesothelioma survivors credit the people who supported them along the journey as vital to their survival, and that is exactly what we are here to do!
How can you provide support when a friend is grieving the loss of a loved one during this pandemic.
You definitely want to support your friend through the grieving process, but how do you do that when there is no memorial service or funeral and when we are all supposed to be practicing “social distancing?” This is a dilemma that many people are facing and will continue to face in the coming weeks and months.
David Kessler, a Los Angeles-based authority on grief and founder of Grief.com, (and who is in a similar situation) stated that “this is a strange new world of grief." “If we can’t gather for a funeral, mourning becomes very complicated.” In the blink of an eye, our country's burial rituals which have traditionally helped people through the grieving process have changed.
One thing that hasn’t changed: informing friends and family about a recent death. You can do this by using a variety of methods:
1) Phone Calls
2) Technology - Including social media, live streaming, video calls, texting, etc.
3) Newspaper Obituaries
4) In Person (when appropriate)
- Visit the gravesite
- Drop off food and/or takeout
- Go for a walk or bike ride with your friend
- Volunteer at a charity in your friend's name
One Final Thought:
We’re all struggling during this health crisis, but people mourning the deaths of their loved ones really need our support. While you may not be able to offer comfort through traditional grieving rituals, we hope these suggestions can help in a time when it is so needed.