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MesotheliomaHelp.org is a comprehensive resource for those affected by asbestos-related diseases. A diagnosis of mesothelioma cancer can feel overwhelming, but you don’t have to deal with it alone. On this site, you can find solutions and connect with others in our community.

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When a loved one has mesothelioma, you may find yourself supporting them through a very difficult time. Draw on the knowledge of our community so that you can provide the best care possible.

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Each new year brings medical research breakthroughs that not long ago seemed like science fiction. Learn the latest about this type of asbestos cancer so that you can make informed decisions about your healthcare.

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Compensation For Mesothelioma

For many families that are coping with a mesothelioma diagnosis, the related expenses can be overwhelming. You should know that financial and legal help are available. Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, including any treatments that your doctor may recommend in the future.
  • The cost of travel related to your mesothelioma treatment.
  • Lost wages due to your disease, both now and into the future.
  • Costs of hiring someone to care for children and complete household chores, things you usually do but no longer can.
  • The physical, emotional and psychological pain and suffering you have experienced.

In certain cases in which the at-fault asbestos company showed extreme misconduct, you may be awarded punitive damages, which are intended to punish the at-fault party.

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How Could I Have Been Exposed To Asbestos?

Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma. It has been used in hundreds of products, including manufactured goods, building materials (such as shingles, siding, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and cement products), friction products (such as vehicle clutches, brakes and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets and coatings. It was also used in machinery such as pumps and valves.

  • 33 million houses and businesses in the U.S. contain asbestos, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates.
  • Most people who are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos on the job or during military service.
  • Some people were exposed in their own homes, such as families of workers who unknowingly brought asbestos fibers home on their clothing.


It is important for mesothelioma patients to reach out for help. It doesn’t mean you are weak, in fact, it can make you stronger. This disease is challenging and leaning on others will help ease your journey.
- Amanda,
caregiver for her father
Each and every person who battles mesothelioma shows amazing strength and resolve in a time of extreme adversity.
- Nancy,
a writer who has been documenting the journeys of mesothelioma patients and their families for eight years
Keep yourself busy. Get out and talk to people. Walk around the mall, or just do something that keeps your mind from thinking about what could happen.
- Don Smitley (1956-2013),
mesothelioma patient who stayed focused on having a positive attitude
We need hope to survive ─ that should never be taken away.
- Jan Egerton (1960-2014),
mesothelioma warrior and patient advocate
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Each year, about 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with the deadly asbestos cancer mesothelioma. The only recognized cause is exposure to asbestos, which can be prevented. Read more about statistics of mesothelioma in the United States.

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"Dining with Donnie," Benefits Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Jennifer Gelsick has been working with the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation on a project to raise funds for mesothelioma research. Over the past few months, they have been compiling recipes, stories, and pictures for the cookbook, Dining with Donnie.

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