Mental health concerns for mesothelioma patients

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2024 | Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma can be very hard to deal with, both physically and emotionally. Many patients face mental health challenges that are just as tough as the physical ones. It is important to understand these mental health issues are to be expected and to know that help is available.

Common mental health challenges faced by those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma include:

  • Anxiety: Feeling very worried is common for mesothelioma patients. They might worry about their health, treatment and future. Anxiety can make it hard to sleep, eat or concentrate.
  • Depression: Feeling very sad and losing interest in things that a patient used to enjoy can be a sign of depression. Mesothelioma patients might feel hopeless or helpless, which can make dealing with the illness even harder.
  • Stress: The stress of doctor visits, treatments and medical bills can be overwhelming. Stress can affect the body and mind, making it difficult to stay positive.
  • Fear: Fear of the unknown and what the future holds is common. Patients might fear pain, treatment side effects or the progression of the disease.

These mental health issues can affect daily life in many ways, including the following:

  • Physical Health: Stress and anxiety can make physical symptoms worse. For example, they can cause headaches, high blood pressure and stomach problems.
  • Relationships: Mental health issues can strain relationships with family and friends. Patients might feel isolated or misunderstood.
  • Treatment: Depression or anxiety can make it harder to follow treatment plans. Patients might miss appointments or not take their medications correctly.

Thankfully, there are things that patients who are struggling can do to manage these symptoms.

Getting help

The first thing that patients who are struggling can do is talk to their care team. Doctors can help with both physical and mental health problems. They can, for example, refer patients to a mental health professional, like a therapist or counselor. Taking medication, attending support groups and making self-care a priority can help too.

Dealing with mesothelioma is very challenging, and mental health is a big part of this struggle. If you are sick, remember that it’s okay to ask for help. Support from doctors, counselors and loved ones can make a big difference.


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