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Suraj Khimji 12CH/LA Modern solutions for Mesothelioma ? An Issue report Problem: Rising number in Mesothelioma cases Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that develops from the protective lining that covers many of the body's internal organs, the Mesothelium. It occurs when the person has been exposed to materials containing asbestos; the asbestos fibres then enter your body when you breathe in, and because they are sharp so they damage tissues inside the body. It only affects the lining in the first stages of the cancer; however the cancer can spread to other parts of the body, eventually killing the person affected. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a set of six minerals that are used by many industries because of their physical properties. The foremost cause of Mesothelioma has been reported to be because of exposure to asbestos. ?Between 7 and 8 out of every 10 people diagnosed with Mesothelioma (70 to 80%) say they have been in contact with asbestos.? [1] 1. ?There were 92,253 Mesothelioma-related deaths reported in 83 different countries between 1994 and 2008.? [3] The main cause of Mesothelioma developing is exposure to asbestos. The asbestos fibres are hard to kill in the body, and therefore are able to damage body tissues inside the body. The use of asbestos in the world is increasing because of properties; ?they have a very strong tensile strength, and are resistant to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage, which consequently is good for many industries? [4]. One use of asbestos is building insulation, therefore people building new houses or moving houses are very likely to be exposed to asbestos and have a higher chance of developing Mesothelioma. ...read more.


However, the P/D surgery removes all the organs to get to the tumour which involves a lot of risk but is very effective. Additionally, the surgery can help the surgeon get a better look at the cancer and help modern medicine and research understand it more to maybe come up with a better surgery or solution. However, the fact that there are deaths during or straight after this surgery, somewhat questions the appropriateness of the solution. Implications: Economic – Costs Even though the NHS pays for all the surgery and medicine costs the patient needs to survive. It costs the NHS more than £1billion on lung related diseases and surgeries, which put pressure on the Government on getting the money for these costs. Furthermore, the patient may have to quit their job because they can simply not work in the environment and therefore this can cause financial problems for the patient and their family. However, the patient may decide that they want to go abroad to get the best treatment possible and the money, the patient spends on physicians and therapies will also be very high, which may not be affordable by most people because of the current recession. Social – Family and work problems The life after the operation may not be as simple and normal as before. The recovering patient would have to follow a number of restrictions in order to obtain the full effects of the surgery. This could affect their family life, for instance, the food they can eat at family gatherings or the activities they can do outside of studies/work. ...read more.


say they have been in contact with asbestos.? Is to some extent replicated on http://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/uk/ as they confirm ? ?In 2008, the last year for which figures are available, 2,249 individuals in the United Kingdom died of Mesothelioma. Of that number, men accounted for 83 percent of those deaths.? This proves that the source is valid and reliable. 1. Name: Doc Guide URL: http://www.docguide.com/radical-decortication-pleurectomy-best-surgical-approach-n2-malignant-mesothelioma-presented-sts Date Accessed: 03/11/2011 1. Name: Kazan Law URL: http://www.mesothelioma-facts.com/mesothelioma-news/World_Health_Organization_issues_report_on_mesothelioma_deaths Date Accessed: 31/10/11 1. Dr Lang-Lazdunski. L. (2011, 5 October) Lecture: Lung Cancer: The quest for a curative treatment, Lecture presented at King?s College London Evaluation ? Dr Lang-Lazdunski is a world famous cardiothoracic surgeon, who currently works at Guy?s Hospital in London. I believe that this would make him a reliable source because he has a lot of experience in this field and is an expert in the surgeries for Mesothelioma patients. His intention was to inform and explain his job and this cancer at the lecture, to give us an insight on his medical speciality and this particular cancer. Dr Lang-Lazdunski states ?they have a very strong tensile strength, and are resistant to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage, which consequently is good for many industries? this shows why asbestos is used, and is reflected by information on http://www.lunguk.org/you-and-your-lungs/conditions-and-diseases/asbestos they state ?Its properties of resistance to heat, electricity and sound, make it useful for a variety of purposes...? This verifies that the source is valid and very reliable as his information is similar to another source. 1. Name: Resource 4 Mesothelioma URL: http://www.resource4mesothelioma.com/topics/chemotherapyformesothelioma.html Date Accessed: 03/11/2011 1. Dr Cameron, RC (2006), ?Extrapleural Pneumonectomy is the Preferred Surgical Management in the Multimodality Therapy of Mesothelioma: The Con Argument?, Annals of Surgical Oncology, volume 14, issue 4 -http://www.phlbi.org/dr_cameron/cameron_pd_vs_epp. ...read more.

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