For the thousands of innocent victims affected by asbestos exposure each year, it’s important to know that recourse is possible and legal help is available. Perhaps most importantly, asbestos exposure victims should know that they do not have to be in a financial position to afford legal representation-for valid, qualifying cases, legal fees are paid out of the settlement or trial award received, not the victim’s pocket.
Most people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness-including other types of cancers, asbestosis and pleural effusion-did not even realize that they were at risk. This is because most victims of asbestos exposure did not even realize that they had come into contact with what is known to be a highly toxic and dangerous carcinogen.
Fortunately, there is a silver lining of hope for those who have suffered the physical and financial consequences of negligent and/or illegal asbestos exposure. Recourse and compensation is possible via multiple avenues, including toxic tort and workers’ compensation laws as well as well as disability claims through the Social Security Administration and (for Veterans) the Department of Veteran Affairs.
PART XV: UNDERSTANDING ALTERNATIVE MESOTHELIOMA TREATMENT OPTIONS
Although conventional medicine utilizes only three cancer-fighting methods (surgery, chemo and radiation), it’s important to know that alternative mesothelioma treatment options do exist and may offer some hope for remission. Even if unsuccessful as a curative measure, a homeopathic or holistic healing remedy will often prove helpful in reducing symptoms and improving the quality of life for terminal mesothelioma cancer patients.
A Note About Alternative Mesothelioma Treatment from a Medical Standpoint
Alternative medicine has been used for as far back as human history stretches. Many homeopathic remedies have been passed down for dozens of generations from shamanic medicine practitioners and spiritual healing gurus. Today, many of these techniques are still used openly in medical practices around the world.
Within the American medical community at large, however, natural and alternative treatments are often balked at or simply overlooked altogether. Very little empirical data is available regarding the efficacy of alternative medicine techniques, because only a minute amount of research has been conducted on them in a controlled study setting. For this primary reason, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not given approval to any currently practiced alternative medicine techniques for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma and other cancers-nor are any presently endorsed by the American Medical Association (AMA).
Including an Alternative Mesothelioma Treatment in Your Overall Care-Plan
Regardless of the stance held by the traditional medicine community, patients need to know that alternative treatment methods are available to them and can generally be used as add-on therapies to any conventional treatment plans already in place. Many homeopathic remedies can be easily applied in the comfort of the patient’s home, without requiring much expense or invasive methodologies. Alternative and holistic medical techniques are also often incorporated into palliative care regimens, both to ease physical discomfort and improve the patient’s mood and general outlook.