By Tim Povtak
A well-trained medical staff will determine the best course of treatment for a patient with mesothelioma, but the primary caregiver will determine just how that patient lives.
A caregiver is vital in so many ways. Don’t underestimate the role.
Mesothelioma is the rare and aggressive cancer often caused by occupational asbestos exposure. Typically, the cancer engulfs both the patient and the family.
A specialty center will have the latest, multi-disciplinary plan that possibly can extend the prognosis, allowing a mesothelioma survivor to live several years and beyond.
Being a caregiver can be a daunting task, especially in the latter stages of the cancer, but it also can be manageable with the proper tools and guidance.
A caregiver may be asked to do a number of jobs, depending upon a variety of factors.
They will include:
As the cancer advances, the responsibilities will intensify. Feeding and bathing and constant care may be required.
You should remember, though, to take time to care for yourself. Don’t try to do this alone.
A caregiver needs help to avoid being overwhelmed and breaking down, both physically and mentally. Take time to recharge your batteries.
Ask a friend or another family member to help, and step into your role for short periods of time. The best care given is by a caregiver who is healthy and happy and not worn down by the job.
Take a walk, eat properly, and take needed breaks to become the best caregiver possible.
Tim Povtak is a content writer for the Mesothelioma Center and Asbestos.com, an informational source for mesothelioma patients and families.