Mesothelioma is a malignant, cancerous terminal disease caused by asbestos exposure and inhalation, ingestion or handling.
There are four main types of asbestos in question here:
- Amosite (brown fibers)
- Anthophyllite (gray fibers)
- White Christie
- Blue Crocidolite.
What contributes to the spread of the disease is that the 'Chrysotile', curly fibers or even rod like fibers are so easily taken into our human system so easily through the air, even by dust particles, sticking to us, swallowed or even breathe in.
Asbestos was seen as a useful mineral and a miracle element, versatile and was used in myriads of products. Health hazards, risks and threats continue as it was used in a vast variety of products post WW II, construction and engineering projects worldwide.
Typical symptoms include coughing, lung damage, shortness of breath, and lung cancer.
It takes a lot of time before the illness develops. Occupations that are at risk for asbestos exposure are mining, milling, manufacturing and even the building construction and engineering industries. Other higher risk occupations could include firefighters, demolition and destruction workers, drywall removers, and tradesmen and women that are involved in the destruction of buildings, ships, and automobiles.
Tissues damage is common and over the years this cancer can develop and cause problems breathing, fluid builds up in the lungs and can even kill the patient in question.
Latent for decades, not all who are exposed actually develops the diseases. Full-blown symptoms might take a couple of years to show up and once it does it is progressive and requires immediate treatment. The risk is also there of infection your family and loved ones due to transferal dust and particles on skin, clothing or work-clothes.
As far as patient treatment and care after diagnosis (see elsewhere), there are also some key nutritional advice for Mesothelioma patients to follow to improve their quality of life and strengthen their immunity.
Loss of appetite is typical and some of the side-effects of the medication, might have you in need of a specialty diet. Nutrients across the food-groups are important and patients should guide against sudden weight loss that is not helping their condition any. Other aspects of the illness that might affect, not only appetite, but also general well-being could include nausea, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth and a change in the sensory appreciate of food (smell and taste).