Books for Mesothelioma Patients and their Loved Ones [Guest Post]

Books for Mesothelioma Patients and their Loved Ones [Guest Post]
Morning everyone!
A few weeks ago I was approached about a guest post position on my blog. It’s been a very long time since my last guest post, and because I usually don’t accept them, I said no. But then thinking back, I realised I was going to change my mind. Because although this guest post is about books, more importantly, it is about raising awareness about an illness. I hope you’ll find the blog post as informative and helpful as I did! Handing things over to Ashley now ๐Ÿ™‚ Olivia x
for Mesothelioma Patients and their Loved Ones
What is
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer where malignant cancer cells
form and develop on the thin layer of the tissue that lines the abdomen, lungs
or chest wall. These cells can also form on the tissue that covers the
testicles and the heart.
The type of mesothelioma that a patient has depends
on where in the body the cancer forms. 
There are three types of mesothelioma:  
  • Pleural
    :  This is the most
    common type of mesothelioma where the cancer cells form on the lining of
    the lungs. This type accounts for nearly 75% of all mesothelioma cases.
  • Peritoneal
    : This is the 2nd most common type, which
    affects the protiective tissue lining of the abdomen.  This type accounts for 20-25% of all
    mesothelioma diagnoses.
  • Lastly, pericardial
    :  This type is very
    rare which affects the tissue lining that covers the heart. The reason
    this is very rare is because asbestos fibers are either swallowed or
    inhaled.  In order for the asbestos
    fibers to reach the lining of the heart, they need to first miss being
    lodged onto the lungs or the abdomen and then they need to travel to
    attach itself to the lining of the heart. 
    This only occurs when mesothelioma is in itโ€™s worst stage and has
    already metastasized throughout the body. 
As briefly mentioned earlier, mesothelioma is caused
by the exposure to asbestos. The only way to develop it is if a person either
inhales or ingests micro asbestos fibers that are hanging in the air.  After initial asbestos exposure, it takes 20+
years for a person to start showing mesothelioma symptoms.  Here is a great video that talks about the
symptoms of mesothelioma.
What is asbestos? Asbestos refers
to six fibrous minerals that occur naturally. These are: crocidolite,
chrysotile, amosite, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite. Asbestos has
microscopic fibers that are extremely resistant to breakdowns, chemical
reactions and fire. These properties made it very popular in the past and it
was used in different industrial and commercial applications. It was a
preferred material for the manufacture of products like roofing shingles,
ceiling materials, floor tiles, textile products, automotive parts and textile
products among others.
Today, asbestos is strictly regulated following the
discovery that exposure to it is scientifically and directly linked to
mesothelioma and asbestosis.  
about mesothelioma and asbestos

Whether you or a person close to you has been
diagnosed with mesothelioma, you might want to learn more about this disease, asbestos,
as well as your options on how to fight/treat this rare form of cancer.
Here are some of the books that have been written
about mesothelioma and asbestos:
the Indefensible
This book is authored by historians Jock McCulloch
and Geoffrey Tweedale. The duo has written other books on mining and health
topics. This particular book cites different journals, official documents,
letters and studies. It provides details of how companies that used asbestos
defended themselves and how the media, mesothelioma victims and medical
practitioners challenged the industry.
รผ  Malignant
This mesothelioma and asbestos book is authored by
Harvey I. Pass, Michele Carbone and Nicholas Vogelzang. It provides information
about innovative treatment options for mesothelioma. It also gives an account
of pathology and science behind this disease while discussing clinical and latest
medical advances about treatment and diagnosis of mesothelioma. The book
touches on multimodality mesothelioma treatments.
Cancer and Mesothelioma
This book by Howard Gutman provides guidance and
insights into issues facing mesothelioma patients and their loved ones. It
covers a wide range of topics including development of different cancers,
clinical trials, medications, treatment options and management of grief and
strong emotions that are associated with mesothelioma.
รผ  100
Questions and Answers about Mesothelioma
This book by Havey I. Pass is a detailed guide on
issues that relate to mesothelioma. It provides practical and authoritative
answers from patients and doctors.
รผ  The
Official Patientโ€™s Sourcebook on Malignant Mesothelioma
This book by Philip Parker, M.D and James Parker,
M.D is a detailed sourcebook for patients. It is a researched reference manual
that provides important information about mesothelioma. The book cites
different clinical trials and studies.
These books provide information that enables
patients and their loved ones to understand what they might go through, what
they need and how to prepare themselves after a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Thanks Ashley!
Olivia’s Question: What’s one disease you think more people should know about?
Olivia-Savannah x

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