Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, it is classified as a rare cancer, although it seems these days to be quite prevalent. Mesothelioma can be present in the lungs, referred to as pleural mesothelioma, or in the abdominal cavity near the intestines, referred to as peritoneal mesothelioma, unfortunately, in can also be found near the heart, pericardial mesothelioma, the symptoms vary slightly by placement.
Pleural, as in lungs, has symptoms including chest pain, shortness of breath, sudden weight loss, and a constant cough, which can be mild or severe.
Peritoneal symptoms can mimic those of other abdominal problems and is harder to diagnose correctly. Symptoms include sudden weight loss, abdominal swelling, tissue mass in the abdomen, anemia, nausea, loose stools or constipation, and sometimes fever.
Mesothelioma symptoms include mild to severe chest pain, cough, irregular heartbeat, constant fatigue, and changes in breathing pattern.
All types of mesothelioma have general body pain, difficulty swallowing, and inflammation of the neck and face.
Given its poor prognosis people often hesitate to look for natural Mesothelioma treatments. This cancer is often diagnosed late, as beginning Mesothelioma symptoms are similar to those of ‘flu, and people do not see a doctor until the cancer is well advanced. Traditional Mesothelioma treatments include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. There are some, however, that say this diagnosis does not have to be the end, and that natural Mesothelioma treatments are proving quite effective.
One mesothelioma survivor, Paul Kraus, became a vegetarian and started a strict “anti-cancer” diet which includes organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and rice. He was given a year to live 11 years ago and is still going strong. Another survivor, Rhio O’Connor worked with his doctors to develop a regimen of over 100 supplements, holistic mind-body medicine, and a nutritious diet. He was told he had less than a year to live over 7 years ago, he has also written a book about what he has learned, “They Said Months, I Said Years: A Mesothelioma Survivor’s Story.”
Going the natural organic route has no guarantees, but then again, neither do traditional treatments. Work with your physician to develop a treatment program that feels right to you, and enjoy quality of life as much as you can.