A former teacher Jacqueline Bodman, 59, went to her doctor after experiencing a cough and chest discomfort. She was prescribed antibiotics and sent home.
Due to worsening symptoms, Jacqueline then went to the emergency room on April 18. Then she finally received her tragic diagnosis: it was mesothelioma, one of the most progressive types of cancer, caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a group of natural minerals that expose people to major health risks, namely cancer.
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“A chest X-ray saw fluid around the lungs,” they said. “She underwent a chest scan on April 21 and a large mass was reported in the heart. She received antibiotics for two weeks.
Dr Khan said he was then recommended to go to hospice, but recalled that Jacqueline wanted to go home. “Plans were put in place but she felt she couldn’t cope,” they continued of the tragic situation. “She was sent back to Douglas Macmillan Hospice.”
It is not known when or where Jacqueline may have been exposed to asbestos.
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“I have no evidence to conclude where this exposure came from,” North Staffordshire Deputy Coroner Sukhdev Garcha said. “Without any evidence, I cannot conclude that the death was due to an occupational disease.”
“There is not enough evidence to establish whether the asbestos exposure came from a workplace or where she lived,” Garcha added.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer, and it is cancer of the thin tissue that lines the lungs, chest wall and abdomen. Mesothelioma can often go undiagnosed until later, experts tell us. Treatment options for this disease include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
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Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Joseph Friedberg, explains in a previous interview how the survival rate for mesothelioma is usually no more than one to two years. He also says that although it is one of the deadliest cancers, it is also rare.
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“So maybe a few thousand cases a year in the United States,” says Dr. Friedberg. “It’s cancer that is – the vast majority of the time – caused by asbestos.”
Asbestos is the main cause of mesothelioma, one of the deadliest cancers
The most common symptom of mesothelioma is shortness of breath. Dr. Friedberg says, “Most often they will be diagnosed as having pneumonia or whatever because someone is listening to them, they have decreased breath sounds, they are being treated. So because it’s such a rare cancer, it’s often misdiagnosed for months. .”
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