The COVID-19 coronavirus continues to derail our usual way of life. People with mesothelioma are not immune to the anxiousness and hardships caused by this health crisis.
The economy continues to suffer as many businesses are closed. Stocks are dropping. Sporting events have been canceled. Social outings are an afterthought. Many cities have asked residents to “shelter in place.”
If you have mesothelioma, then you can make good use of this time in isolation. Don’t devote all of your mental energy to the negatives associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
We have three suggestions for objectives you should focus on in the next few weeks or months — however long the crisis lasts.
Staying Safe and Isolated From Others
A growing number of cities, counties and even states have initiated “stay at home” orders for residents. For instance, Florida’s Orange County (where Orlando is located) instilled a two-week rule starting March 26 (Thursday) at 11 p.m.
Even if you live somewhere that hasn’t taken the same stance, you should isolate yourself from others.
People with mesothelioma are at risk of contracting a severe case of coronavirus. The virus attaches to your lungs and attacks your respiratory system. The most common type of mesothelioma (pleural mesothelioma) forms near the lungs and often spreads to this organ.
Since you have malignant cancer, your immune system is weaker than usual. You’ll have difficulty fighting back against the coronavirus and expelling it from your body.
The best way to stay safe from this outbreak is reducing — or, better yet, eliminating — your in-person interaction with others. If you’d like tips on safety measures to take, then read one of our latest blogs on mesothelioma and the coronavirus.
Considering Your Legal Options
Mesothelioma affects around 3,000 Americans each year. All of them — no matter their age, gender or where they live — were given this cancer by corporate greed.
Manufacturers prioritized using asbestos due to its fire-resistant and cost-effective qualities. They preferred this substance despite many knowing it was dangerous to their workers’ health — and the health of the general public.
You and other mesothelioma patients should consider taking legal action against these corporations. While in isolation, people with this cancer can contact a lawyer to discuss their options. Mesothelioma claims usually involve filing with asbestos trust funds. The process is simple, and you should receive financial help quickly.
The top mesothelioma lawyers have adjusted to our current isolated American lifestyle. They offer virtual options for face-to-face meetings and can process all documents and signatures electronically.
Remember, mesothelioma treatment can cost thousands of dollars. You and your family may also struggle financially due to lost wages, rising debt and other effects of this cancer. Add in the current economic climate — businesses closing, jobs being cut and retirement accounts bleeding money — and there’s even more reason to seek compensation.
Researching Your Mesothelioma Treatment Options
Mesothelioma treatment is continuously expanding and evolving. Surgery techniques are improving, new methods are proving useful and survival rates are showing promise.
Staying at home and keeping a safe distance from others means you have a little more time to research your treatment options. Clinical trials pop up regularly and offer people like yourself an opportunity to access outside-the-box ideas, such as:
- Gene therapy
- Intraoperative chemotherapy
The United States Food and Drug Administration has only approved chemotherapy for treating mesothelioma. However, many specialists receive approval to use surgery and radiation along with chemotherapy drugs cisplatin and pemetrexed.
We can help you learn more about accessing a clinical trial or connecting with a top mesothelioma doctor. Our patient advocate and registered nurse, Jenna Campagna, is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While our staff is prioritizing safety during the coronavirus outbreak, we remain dedicated to helping patients find treatment, beat this cancer, and live happily and healthily for many years to come.
Show Sources & Author
- Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19). World Health Organization. Retrieved from:
https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses. Accessed: 03/11/2020.
- See Which States and Cities Have Told Residents to Stay at Home. New York Times. Retrieved from: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-stay-at-home-order.html. Accessed: 03/25/2020.