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Being diagnosed woth Meso

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Hi everyone

Just stumbled upon this forum during my research into mesothelioma. 

My dad had fluid on the lungs and ended up having a fall a few weeks ago and spent 2 weeks in hospital. He's been generally unwell for a few months and has had a few scans and xrays but after the fall he was reporting pain around the back and side. A scan he had a while back showed something but they wanted a 6 month follow up. 

The hospital did a scan after his fall and found a "pleural mass" and fluid so they have taken a ct guided biopsy. The doc mentioned to me that it could be meso as he was exposed in the 60s and is showing pleural plaques on xrays. She also found that the pain he experienced in the side and in the back corresponded to the pleural mass that showed on the scan results. She seemed to connect that immediately to meso when she spoke to me about it. 

He's lost a massive amount of weight and looks really unwell. He was told the results might take up to 5 to 6 weeks but he got a call today asking him to attend the hospital on Monday to meet the consultant. He's wondering why but I'm guessing they've got results back already. He had the biopsy 2 weeks ago. 

I know I should wait until the appointment but I'm kind of worried that everything is pointing towards meso. He's been breathless for months, had aches and pains that are getting worse around back and side, lost loads of weight, no appetite, sweating, cough, fluid on the lungs (treated with water tabs) plus the exposure to asbestos back in the 60s. He's currently bed bound and getting home care as he's barely able to stand up. It's awful to see this happen to him. Should I just brace myself for the worst on Monday? 

Sorry for a rambling post but my mind has been firing in all directions over the last few weeks as it feels like its becoming more and more serious every day. 

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Hiya Barney, my dad was diagnosed with meso 2 weeks ago :-( fingers crossed its not for your dad and he starts picking up.  If it is make sure you get in touch with your local asbestos support group to ensure he gets the support he needs, best wishes x