Service Booklet: Information on asbestos-related conditions; compensation & benefits; support groups and our servicesAction on Asbestos General
AoA Mesothelioma Booklet
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Living with an asbestos-related disease
CAA, with funding from Alliance Scotland, has produced a self-management Toolkit for those diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition. The Toolkit aims to address any concerns that individuals may experience following a diagnosis of an asbestos-related condition.
The Toolkit contains 5 Booklets and a DVD
- Common Investigations
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Managing Breathlessness
- Hints and Tips
- Personal Stories
If you have attended your GP recently with symptoms such as breathlessness or pain then there is the possibility that you may have to undergo some investigations.
The investigations will help doctors ensure that an accurate diagnosis is reached and that any asbestos-related condition is managed in the best possible way.
You will be able to read about some of the more common investigations patients may be referred for in this booklet.
Frequently Asked Questions
It can be difficult to take in all of the information that your doctor tells you about your diagnosis and you may have questions about your illness; how to manage it and where to go for information and support. As there are different asbestos-related conditions, it is important that you know not only the name of your condition, but understand it.
Frequently asked questions were taken from our support group members and may help to answer some of your concerns. Knowing what you have been diagnosed with will help you to address any concerns that you have about your health.
If you get breathless doing everyday activities such as walking, using stairs or doing housework, there are tips and techniques that you can learn that can help you to manage this. Making small changes to how you organise your day or considering if there are any changes you can make to your lifestyle can also be beneficial
Hints and Tips
The hints and tips that have been included in this leaflet have been provided by our support group members.
The groups were asked to share any small changes they had made to the daily routine that had helped them to manage their condition.
Some of the hints and tips may not be relevant to your circumstances and some may seem like common sense, however, the advice may give you some ideas of how you can make small, useful changes to your own routine.
Being diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition can sometimes trigger strong feelings and emotions.
You may feel angry that you were never warned of the dangers of asbestos or shocked because your exposure to asbestos happened so many years ago. You may feel concerned about how your condition will affect the way you live your life.
Some of our support group members wanted to share their experiences of how they felt when they were diagnosed, and how they feel now.
CAA has created a module for GPs, raising awareness of mesothelioma, lung cancer and all other asbestos conditions. Approved by NHS_Education & COPFS.
This resource has been produced specifically for General Practitioners by Clydeside Action on Asbestos, with contributions from the National Advisory Group, the Procurator Fiscal’s Office (Glasgow) and the legal profession.
Mesothelioma Medical News: Issues 1-5 (pdf)
Over a number of years now CAA has produced a compilation of articles by medical professionals on the treatment and care for those diagnosed with mesothelioma. The aim of the newsletter is to provide a resource where current medical information can be accessed and shared with healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients suffering from mesothelioma.
Last reviewed: February 2020