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Palliative Care Improves Lives of Mesothelioma Patients

Published: May 17, 2024

Palliative care is an essential part of the cancer treatment process. It helps improve the quality of life of people with life threatening illnesses like mesothelioma. It is important for doctors to know the range of symptoms patients experience to help provide the best care possible. Palliative care is a specialty in medicine. The focus of palliative care is to ease pain and life limiting symptoms. Palliative care usually happens at the end of life and deals with symptom management and holistic support for patients.

Researchers studied the symptom burden of elderly male patients receiving palliative care. They examined the views of patients, caregivers, and doctors associated with palliative care. There were 100 elderly male patients in the palliative care unit that were studied. They all had cancer and other illnesses. To check symptoms, the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale was used. Some of the patients had mesothelioma, which presented the most symptoms. This showcases the unique challenges mesothelioma sufferers and doctors face when dealing with the rare cancer. The study showed that it was important for doctors to identify when patients need more care.

The study showcased the importance of customized care for palliative patients. Care needs to meet the individual needs of each individual patient. One important step in giving palliative care is regular symptom checks. They help providers give better care and improve the quality of life of patients and families. Future studies could possibly look at symptom challenges in palliative care. It could be possible to look at how diagnoses and other conditions can affect symptoms and the symptom burden of patients. Knowing and understanding symptoms of different cancers can help doctors give the best care possible. Elderly men with cancer have high levels of symptoms and need special care. By focusing on these individuals, healthcare workers can improve the quality of life of many patients.

Caregivers of mesothelioma patients need to know and understand the challenges of the cancer so they can give palliative care to them. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, pain, and reduced eating. If caregivers know these symptoms, they can meet the needs of their loved ones. Open communication is crucial when dealing with mesothelioma patients. This allows caregivers to create personalized plans for managing symptoms. Caregivers also need support. This can come from care teams, groups, and other caregivers. Approaching mesothelioma holistically not only helps with physical symptoms, but it can also help with emotional and social symptoms as well.

Amira Reyad Elsawy, “Symptoms Burden In Elderly Male Patients Receiving Palliative Care” The Egyptian Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology (2024). [Link]
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