When it comes to being diagnosed with mesothelioma, there are too few stories of inspiration and hope. The truth is, diagnosis can be devastating to a family and often comes decades after exposure to asbestos. Despite advances in treatment, the average survival time after diagnosis is typically only about one year.
As we reported recently on our Mesothelioma Lawyer Blog, scientists continue to scramble to find new treatments as baby boomers retire. Because diagnosis is usually 30 to 40 years after exposure — and asbestos remained a commonly used material into the 1970s and 1980s — many boomers could face diagnosis in retirement.
So our mesothelioma attorneys are always heartened by the success stories — and Paul Kraus is one of them. Kraus is in his 14th year of surviving mesothelioma.
Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are the big three when it comes to standard treatment options. Kraus took his own path. Whether or not that path has validity for the average patient might be up for debate. But the inspiration offered by his battle — and his book “Surviving Mesothelioma and Other Cancers” — have helped give hope to thousands of patients suffering from this horrible disease. He is now one of the longest-surviving mesothelioma patients on record. And as such, he has become an example to many patients and medical professionals in the mesothelioma community.
While Kraus is a believer in intravenous vitamin therapy and other non-traditional forms of mind-body medicine, his book is also full of practical advice on dealing with doctors, weighing treatment options, support groups, stress and the power of positive thinking. As he puts it, “a diagnosis is not destiny.”
The companion website, Surviving Mesothelioma, is also a credible resource full of up-to-date news. Together, they are another tool in the fight against this terrible disease.
The Ferraro Law Firm provides comprehensive legal services for mesothelioma patients . Call 1-800-275-3332 for a free and confidential consultation. Offices in Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York City.