Getting diagnosed

Getting diagnosed

Early detection of an asbestos caused disease is difficult, symptoms can be vague and can be confused with other illnesses such as pneumonia. A qualified medical practitioner needs to correctly diagnose an asbestos related disease. The patient needs to think hard about possible occupational or environmental exposure to asbestos and inform the medical practitioner.  Do not be afraid to speak to your GP.

Common early warning symptoms of a possible asbestos related disease.

  • Persistent pain  in the lower back, shoulder, or chest wall.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Appearance of lump or mass on chest wall
  • Onset of new persistent dry cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Ongoing loss of energy and feeling very tired.
  • Unexplained dramatic loss of weight
  • Change in voice and onset of hoarseness.
  • Persistent swelling of face and or arms.
  • Muscle weakness
  • Abdominal pain and or distension.
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fluid in the chest lining or abdominal cavity.

If you are diagnosed.

Diagnosing mesothelioma

Specialist nursing staff and the treating consultant should explain your condition and the pathway of treatment.  As Mesothelioma is a cancer that is difficult to treat the options presented to you will be limited, but you should be made aware of helping agencies.  

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On first hearing the diagnosis ,many have found themselves very distressed and unable to take in the news.  Do not be afraid to ask questions ! AASC has been set up to help you through your journey to provide assistance to you and your  family and immediate carers. We hopefully can signpost you in the right direction.