Caring for someone with an aggressive cancer like mesothelioma can be very taxing on family members and loved ones. Common tasks a caregiver may take on include feeding and bathing your loved one, assisting with housekeeping, transporting them to and from medical appointments, administering and tracking medication, and sometimes managing financial and legal matters.
Although it can feel very isolating, it’s important to remember that as a caregiver, you are not alone. There are many support resources available to caregivers. It’s also important to keep in mind that it’s OK to be overwhelmed. Taking time to care for yourself will allow you to provide better care to your loved one.
Unlike formal caregivers, who are paid to provide care, an informal caregiver is an unpaid individual who assumes the responsibility of assisting another person, typically an ailing loved one, with their daily life and medical needs. Serving as a mesothelioma caregiver can quickly become an overwhelming and isolating task, especially if you don’t have previous caregiving experience. During this time, caring for yourself becomes as important as caring for your loved one.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the mesothelium, the thin tissue lining that covers many of the internal organs. There are three forms of the disease: pleural, peritoneal, and pericardial.
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma. Tumors grow on the pleura or lining of the lungs and chest cavity. The second most common form is peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the abdomen. The rarest, pericardial mesothelioma, develops on the lining of the heart.
Many seniors diagnosed with mesothelioma are eventually placed in an assisted living home or hospice. Below are a few resources to help you find reputable assisted living facilities or hospice care centers.
The Mesothelioma Hub team is here to serve as a resource for you. If you have questions about support, treatment, taking legal action, or any other mesothelioma-related concern, give our team a call to speak with a patient advocate.
Brittany Nelson holds a BSBA in Marketing from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. As someone whose life has been touched by cancer, she strives to connect those affected by mesothelioma with the support and resources they need to overcome a life-changing cancer diagnosis. Brittany is a proud Denver native. When she isn’t sipping coffee, researching, and writing for the site, you can catch her noshing at a new restaurant or trying to hold a handstand in the yoga studio. Note: Brittany is not a medical professional.
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