Patients diagnosed with mesothelioma, an extremely aggressive cancer with no cure, often feel overwhelmed, afraid, and alone. Fortunately, mesothelioma patients do not have to cope with this devastating disease alone. In fact, various support groups exist for both mesothelioma victims and families. In addition, mesothelioma victims and their families may be able to obtain financial support.
Mesothelioma Support Groups
Mesothelioma support groups are valuable resources that often help those affected by mesothelioma cope with the emotional needs created by the cancer. Support group participants, which may include mesothelioma victims, family and friends, meet and discuss various aspects of the disease. For example, people exchange information about mesothelioma, discuss practical problems such as managing side effects or returning to work after treatment, and share their feelings.
Several different types of mesothelioma support groups are available so that everyone affected by the disease can find a support group that best fits their individual needs. For instance, there are mesothelioma support groups for specific types of mesothelioma and there are support groups for each treatment stage, from diagnosis to follow up care. In addition, some support groups are for patients with any cancer while others are only for mesothelioma patients. Finally, specialized support groups exist for teens and children affected by mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma Financial Support
Mesothelioma patients often face expenses such as medical bills, transportation costs, and lost wages. These expenses can be overwhelming, especially if they are not covered by medical insurance. To help alleviate these financial burdens, some non-profit organizations provide mesothelioma patients with support services. For example:
- Corporate Angel Network provides cancer patients with free airplane transportation to treatment facilities (corporateangelnetwork.org).
- Angel Flight Inc. provides free private airplane transportation to medical facilities and blood, organ, and tissue banks for medical patients who cannot afford it (angelflight.com).
Financial support for mesothelioma victims may also be obtained through a lawsuit. Because mesothelioma is almost always caused by occupational asbestos exposure, many mesothelioma victims may be entitled to compensation for their expenses. In addition, many mesothelioma lawsuits are handled on a contingency basis, meaning mesothelioma victims are not required to pay any money up front for a lawyer to handle their case.
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