Ray of Hope

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the mesothelial cells of the body. These are the cells that make up the outer lining for the body’s major organs, such as the heart, lungs and stomach. These linings are referred to as the mesothelium and this is how the cancer got its name. The diagnosis of cancer often leaves people with a feeling of hopelessness, and Mesothelioma is considered one of the more aggressive forms of cancer.

There is hope, and I found a book that will encourage you and show you how others are surviving and where to find doctors who can help you. Paul Kraus was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in 1997, and is the author of the best selling mesothelioma book called "Surviving Mesothelioma". In his book, he offers practical advice on how he survived so that others will be encouraged to beat the odds.

Every individual is different, and mesothelioma prognosis varies according to many different factors. Be sure to find a doctor who is willing discuss all of your available options. This is your life, and you need to make sure that you have all of the available information possible. Don't be afraid to get as many opinions as necessary until you feel comfortable with a particular course of treatment.

Mesothelioma occurs about four times more frequently in men than in women. There are three different types of asbestos with "blue" being considered the most dangerous. Regardless of the cause of mesothelioma, there are treatment options available. Learn how others are surviving, and don't settle for the first treatment options that are given to you without considering all of your options. You need to be your own advocate, and do what's best for you once you have all the facts.

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