Getting diagnosed

Phone us to talk it through: 01495 272 479 Jo will be at the end of the telephone call.

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.

Specialist nursing staff and the treating consultant should explain your condition and the pathway of treatment.

If you are diagnosed with Mesothelioma you will find that is a cancer and although difficult to treat  there are various trials and treatments available, you may be under a specialist lung cancer nurse or mesothelioma nurse. Give us a call when you have a diagnosis we can help you cope with the diagnosis and give advice on social and financial support available.

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  we at AASC are here to to help you through your journey to provide assistance to you and your  family and immediate unpaid and paid carers. Make that call to us it will be the best call you make 01495 272  479