A diagnosis of mesothelioma is an irrevocably life-changing event-one that alters not only your day-to-day experiences but the entire scope of your future as well. Receiving such news frequently produces an initial state of shock that some patients describe as an out-of-body experience or the feeling of being frozen. This very common reaction is identified as the initial stage of the grieving process. It is a normal and even healthy response to emotional trauma and can serve a psychologically protective role, giving your brain and body time to absorb and process a difficult reality.
A big part of processing this new reality is learning how to adapt and move forward. For victims of mesothelioma, the adjustment timeframe allotted is generally quite limited; but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of it. Many mesothelioma victims find that knowledge is one of the most empowering tools available to them. By learning what to expect and how to best manage your disease, you can begin to move forward in living with mesothelioma.
This six-part series is dedicated to educating victims of mesothelioma about their disease and its relationship to asbestos, as well as their legal rights and various options for fair compensation. Additional Information and counsel are available at no cost by contacting the national trial attorneys of Shrader Law and Associates, LLP.
Conventional Vs. Alternative Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment
Conventional medicine has endorsed three modalities for the treatment of mesothelioma, as we discussed in ‘PART ONE’ of our series; these are chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. However, it is important to know that the field of alternative medicine offers many treatment methods outside of conventional standards, many of which are not necessarily opposed by much of the American medical community (though none have received FDA approval for their intended us in treating mesothelioma cancer patients).
Alternative mesothelioma treatment is, in fact, very commonly used, usually in conjunction with conventional methods. Patient surveys have suggested that around 70 percent of current mesothelioma patients undergo at least one form of holistic or homeopathic treatment, in addition to the treatment plan developed by their doctors. And many of the world’s notable mesothelioma ‘survivors’-individuals who have lived well outside of the average and expected range for mesothelioma life expectancy-have credited alternative medicine techniques either largely or exclusively with producing their exceptional outcomes.
Common Methods of Alternative Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment
It must be noted here that there are many alternative forms of treatment available to mesothelioma patients, originating from locations all over the world-far more than we could list here. Fortunately, abundant information through numerous resources on various types of alternative treatment is available for those interested in learning more. To give you a starting point for continued investigation, here are some of the most popular and well-reputed forms of alternative treatment available today:
- Ozone Therapy
- Vitamin C
- Herbal or Plant Therapy (including Astragalus, Cat’s Claw, Ukrain and Iscador)
- Dietary of Nutritional Regimens
- Mind-Body Techniques (including meditation, yoga, hypnotherapy, etc.)