Coping with Mesothelioma

Asbestos is a potent carcinogen that has been proven to cause a number of health problems such as lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.

With mesothelioma cases in the developed world continuing to increase and countries such as the UK seeing mesothelioma cases quadruple in the past 30 years, it’s of little surprise that new medical research centres are cropping up to curb the rising number of deaths.

With a new research centre recently opening in Cambridgeshire, doctors such as Robert Rintoul of Papworth Hospital are fighting to investigate and tackle what he considers to be a ‘neglected cancer’. Coping with mesothelioma can be incredibly difficult, and this article aims to cover a number of points to help you move forward.


Diagnosis of mesothelioma can be extremely damaging and difficult to cope with for patients. Many emotions can arise and it’s vitally important that you stay calm and try to keep everything in your life under control. The best way to feel in control is to seek out detailed information as understanding of exactly what you are faced with will help you feel calmer and in control when faced with certain decisions.

Physical effects

Coping with the physical effects of mesothelioma can be extremely difficult for some patients. There are a number of physical symptoms such as heavy coughs and breathlessness, chronic tiredness, post-surgery related effects and changes in your body. There are a number of medications and treatments that can help you get through the massive changes your body may encounter. Despite how you may feel, regular, mild exercise can make a huge difference to your tiredness levels as well as build confidence that you are making positive steps forward.

Practical concerns

The diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma will heavily disrupt your daily routine, making the smaller things seem trivial. It’s important that you keep a firm grip on things such as your finances so you can focus on recovery. As well as health insurance policies, there are a number of support systems in place to help people cope, whether it is financial support in the form of grants, benefits or access to dieticians, social workers and cancer specialists. It’s important that you speak with specialists who can help guide you through the channels that have been put into place to help. Having these support systems around you will help make you feel more in control and ready to move forward.


Where possible, making mesothelioma compensation claims can be hugely important in covering the considerable costs of treatment. There are a number of different ways of getting financial compensation, so speaking with a doctor or social worker to help you through the process is recommended.