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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Recruiting for Study Exploring the Psychosocial Needs for Patients with Mesothelioma

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) has just begun recruiting mesothelioma patients for a study to learn about how mesothelioma affects patients’ emotional and physical well-being.  In addition, the researchers are hoping to learn more about what patients need and how they deal with the deadly illness.

According to a 2007 landmark study conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), managing the psychosocial needs and providing emotional support to patients are just as important as medical care in the face of a cancer diagnosis.  MSKCC’s goal for this study is to find ways to lessen the physical and emotional strains mesothelioma patients so often endure in an effort to enhance their offerings to their patients.

MSKCC is the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, and has a team of specialists including surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and nurses who deal exclusively with mesothelioma and other thoracic cancers.  They are committed to providing the best possible treatments for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, and often conduct clinical trials and studies for mesothelioma as they continue to make strides in the treatment of the deadly disease.

The participating mesothelioma patients’ will respond to various questionnaires exploring topics such as coping, interpersonal support, mood, anxiety, and overall quality of life.  Those completing the survey can then participate in an on-line support group. 

Mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer typically affecting the lining of the lungs, is highly aggressive and is resistant to many standard cancer treatments.  Facing a typical prognosis of 4-18 months after diagnosis, many patients become overwhelmed and depressed as they battle the disease.  Finding ways to manage both the physical and emotional aspects of mesothelioma can make a significant difference in the quality of life for the more than 3,000 Americans diagnosed with mesothelioma each year.

The study is scheduled for completion in May 2013.

To learn more about the MSKCC study entitled “Mesothelioma From a Patient Perspective: A Survey of Psychosocial Needs and Exploration of Online Support for Patients” see ClinicalTrials.gov.

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Nancy Meredith is a blog and web content writer with more than 20 years of professional experience in the Information Technology industry. She has been writing about Mesothelioma for 4 years. Follow Nancy on Google+

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