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Thousands of people each year are diagnosed with mesothelioma. This rare form of cancer is particularly devastating because most victims have presented symptoms of the disease for decades but they were misdiagnosed as common cold or flu-like ailments. As with any cancer, early detection is the key to surviving the longest and misdiagnosis usually means most patients are diagnosed in a late stage of the cancer. Nutrition will play a big role in nourishing your body to help maintain a strong immune system.

In this month’s blogs you will find nutrition tips for the three main therapies for mesothelioma: chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. You will also learn how fats, carbohydrates, proteins and more can help you build up your immune system when consumed in proper proportions. You will also learn food and safety guidelines you should follow during treatment and nutrition tips for patients with advanced cancer.

Nutrition is an important part of a mesothelioma cancer treatment. Eating well during treatments will help you regain your strength, keep up your weight, decrease your risk of infection, heal and recover more quickly, better tolerate the side effects of treatment and generally make you feel better. This month’s blogs will focus on topics to help you embrace nutrition as a weapon in your defense against the cancer.

As with any diet, consult your physician to make sure you are following the best nutrition plan for your particular mesothelioma cancer diagnosis and mesothelioma treatment. Make sure your caregivers are aware of the optimal nutrition plan for you as well.

The reason companies award an asbestos settlement to a victim of asbestos exposure is because the courts have taken an understanding that these companies did not have the proper consideration for the value of human life. Victims and their families have turned to mesothelioma lawsuit litigation, or specifically tort law to show negligence on behalf of employers. Injury or harm that constitutes a basis upon which a patient can make a claim means that an asbestos settlement is probably not far behind. In tort cases, it is feasible for victims to seek restitution for loss of pain and suffering, medical expenses incurred and earnings capacity.

Juries have awarded victims millions of dollars in asbestos settlement litigation as it has been proven that many industry leaders knew of the health hazards that using asbestos could bring to their employees and they ignored those hazards completely to finish their contracts and cash the checks.

Before you receive an asbestos settlement, you will most likely have to undergo a mesothelioma treatment to help with your cancer diagnosis. The normal treatment options used for this type of cancer are surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Many patients are given radiation as a form of shrinking tumors to alleviate mesothelioma symptoms that have become severe. Radiation can have many side effects so a healthy diet can help patients recover faster.

Some nutrition tips for patients who will have radiation are as follows:

– Eat scheduled snacks and meals throughout the day to help provide you with energy and also maintain your strength and weight.

– Make sure your diet includes excellent sources of protein such as fish, poultry and dairy products.

– Try to eat a light meal or snack before treatment to help settle your stomach and prevent nausea.

– Make sure you have someone who understands that you need to eat healthy make grocery trips for you if you are unable to go yourself.