Thousands of people each year are diagnosed with mesothelioma. This rare form of cancer is particularly devastating because most victims have presented symptoms of the disease for decades but they were misdiagnosed as common cold or flu-like ailments. As with any cancer, early detection is the key to surviving the longest and misdiagnosis usually means most patients are diagnosed in a late stage of the cancer. Nutrition will play a big role in nourishing your body to help maintain a strong immune system.
In this month’s blogs you will find nutrition tips for the three main therapies for mesothelioma: chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. You will also learn how fats, carbohydrates, proteins and more can help you build up your immune system when consumed in proper proportions. You will also learn food and safety guidelines you should follow during treatment and nutrition tips for patients with advanced cancer.
Nutrition is an important part of a mesothelioma cancer treatment. Eating well during treatments will help you regain your strength, keep up your weight, decrease your risk of infection, heal and recover more quickly, better tolerate the side effects of treatment and generally make you feel better. This month’s blogs will focus on topics to help you embrace nutrition as a weapon in your defense against the cancer.
As with any diet, consult your physician to make sure you are following the best nutrition plan for your particular mesothelioma diagnosis and mesothelioma treatment. Make sure your caregivers are aware of the optimal nutrition plan for you as well.
Mesothelioma law is clear – asbestos exposure is illegal and if you were an employee that was illegally exposed, you are due compensation for your illness. There are two categories for mesothelioma law: regulatory statutes and personal injury. An asbestos attorney can help clarify, more in depth, what each has to do with you, but here is the basic idea.
Regulatory statutes outline the steps industries must now take to protect employees. OSHA (the Occupational Safety & Health Administration) has developed laws regulating the levels of asbestos control that is required of employers. Personal injury, otherwise known as tort, permits victims to sue industries liable for the asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma law is complicated, especially when you will be fighting for your health. One of the best things you can do to aid in that fight is focus on good nutrition.
During treatment you may gain or lose weight. Trying to maintain a healthy weight by eating balanced meals with fats, proteins and carbohydrates is a good start. Good fats can include nuts, avocados and olive oil. Good proteins can include fish, poultry, eggs and dairy. Good carbohydrates can include fruits, vegetables, beans and lentils. All of these things can be found in a healthy diet and all will contribute to helping you heal faster and have the most energy.