Although research into new mesothelioma treatments is ongoing, mesothelioma is a terminal disease for most patients. As a result, each mesothelioma patient’s desires are very important in determining the appropriate care. For example, some mesothelioma patients may want to do everything possible to treat their cancer even if that means enduring side effects for a small chance at survival. Still, others may prefer care that makes them more comfortable so that they can live their remaining months as symptom-free as possible.
During the course of a serious illness, like mesothelioma, patients and their families should realize that the goals of care can, and do, change. Sometimes, the goals change rapidly. In order to optimize patient care, an open line of communication between patient and caregiver is essential.
Mesothelioma Palliative Care
Care designed to make mesothelioma patients more comfortable is called palliative care. Specifically, palliative care is designed to alleviate pain and other symptoms. Palliative care does not prolong life or hasten death. Instead, the goal is to keep mesothelioma patients as comfortable as possible, while offering support to the patients and their families.
Palliative care contributes to the quality of life for patients with mesothelioma at any stage, and may be given to a mesothelioma patient alone or in conjunction with other treatments. For mesothelioma patients who are undergoing life-prolonging treatments, palliative care includes symptom management and therapy aimed at restoring function. For the dying mesothelioma patient, palliative care often involves hospice care.
Mesothelioma Hospice Care
A hospice is a program that provides comfort and supportive care for terminally ill patients and their families, either directly or on a consulting basis with the patient’s physician or another community agency. With hospice care, the whole family is considered the unit of care, and care extends through the family’s mourning period.
Hospice care may take place in several different settings. For instance, the setting for mesothelioma hospice care can be a specialized hospice care center, a skilled nursing facility, a hospital, the patient’s own home, or another private residence. Most often, the hospice care is provided to a mesothelioma patient at his or her home, allowing patients to spend their last days in the comfort of their homes their families present.
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