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战胜间皮瘤

对于来自马雷岛或长滩的 70 岁海军造船厂工人来说,石棉和间皮瘤可能是大多数人(如果他们有意识到的话)所面临的两个问题。与许多灾难一样,明尼苏达州的一位妇女不幸地发现,间皮瘤的影响范围远不止于此。这不仅仅是老年人的疾病。

So, how does a 36-year-old, newly minted mother, with a baby weeks old, contract a deadly cancer like mesothelioma from asbestos that has been banned almost half of her lifetime? One could say it was hereditary, because the suspicion is she got the disease from her father. But not genetically, as mesothelioma is not transmitted by genetics. You see, her father worked in the construction industry, and she was probably exposed to asbestos-laden dust on his clothing as a small child, when he returned from work each day.

她开始接受治疗,并进行了胸膜外肺切除术,“其中包括切除受影响的肺以及胸腔内壁(胸膜)、心脏覆盖层(心包)和膈肌的一部分。”

有了一个新的女婴,她确信要尽一切努力为她争取尽可能多的时间。她指出,如果不接受治疗,她可能只能活 15 个月。她现在已经活了七年,在撰写本文时,癌症已痊愈。

但她明白自己的生命有多么宝贵,也明白“你得了癌症”三个字如何改变了一切。她很幸运,因为许多间皮瘤患者在诊断后最多只能活几年。

资料来源:班戈每日新闻,“什么是间皮瘤?”黛安·阿特伍德,2013 年 4 月 3 日

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