Researchers Say Mesothelioma Patients Should Not Have to Wait for Symptom Relief, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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In a newly published article, doctors in Italy say too many people diagnosed with mesothelioma may be suffering because palliative care is offered too late.

Managing Mesothelioma Symptoms

Mesothelioma Patients Need Palliative Care

Earlier integration of palliative care should be considered to relieve suffering in all disease stages - not only at the end of life.

Scientists in Palermo, Italy have just released a study suggesting that clinicians may not be addressing mesothelioma symptoms early enough for some patients. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new research. Click here to read it now.

The study, led by researchers at La Maddalena Cancer Center, evaluated the cases of 56 mesothelioma patients receiving palliative care for mesothelioma symptoms such as chest pain at home.

“Patients were referred to palliative care late in the course of their disease, suggesting that earlier integration of palliative care should be considered to relieve suffering in all disease stages - not only at the end of life,” writes lead author Sebastiano Mercadante.

According to the article published in Current Medical Research and Opinions, pain, weakness, poor appetite, poor well-being and shortness of breath were the most intense and bothersome mesothelioma symptoms reported.

“Although people tend to associate palliative care with the end of life, this study shows that that does not have to be the case,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “Addressing mesothelioma symptoms such as pain earlier can dramatically improve quality of life at any stage of the disease.”

To read more about palliative care for mesothelioma and the findings of the new Italian study, see Mesothelioma Patients Could Benefit From Earlier Palliative Care, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Mercadante, S, et al, “Symptoms burden in mesothelioma patients admitted to home palliative care”, August 17, 2016, Current Medical Research and Opinions, Epub ahead of print,

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