What is Mesothelioma?

Little is known about mesothelioma and how to treat it because of its rarity and how quickly it advances to its late stages once diagnosed. It may take more than forty years for a patient to show the initial symptoms of the onset of mesothelioma and less than two years for the disease to kill him or her. While rare, this form of cancer is one of the most deadly and usually comes with an extremely poor prognosis for the patient and treatment options are costly. In many instances, nothing can be done more than making the patient comfortable in his or her last days.

mesotheliomaForms of Mesothelioma

Contrary to common belief, mesothelioma is not a cancer that is solely linked to the lungs. Mesothelium is part of the lining of the lungs, heart and the stomach and mesothelioma is the cancer of these specific linings. Pleural mesothelioma— the cancer of the lining of the lungs— is the most common form of mesothelioma and the most treatable form. Peritoneal mesothelioma (of the stomach) and pericardial mesothelioma (of the heart) are rarer forms of the cancer and are more prone to spread throughout the body.

Treatment Options

Doctors may approach the treatment of mesothelioma as any other cancer and recommend radiation therapy, chemotherapy or surgery. The chance of success of these treatments diminishes greatly if the patient is older or in a later stage of the cancer. The patient may need a surgery to remove the lining of the lung or to remove the entire lung. Removing the lining of the lung is substantially less effective than removing the entire lung.

Eight out of ten patients who undergo the second surgery along with radiation and chemotherapy see the cancer go into remission. However, the surgery is extremely risky for older patients and because it may take as long as forty years to show the first symptoms of mesothelioma; the majority of patients are not suited for surgery. In the case of mesothelioma affecting the stomach or the heart, treatment options are much more limited and the prognosis is usually very grim. Doctors may try to contain the cancer so that it does not spread through the use of radiation and chemotherapy.

Unique Considerations about Mesothelioma

It is extremely rare for someone who has only come in contact with asbestos limited times in his or her lifetime to develop mesothelioma. This cancer is the result of repeated inhalation of asbestos fibers over a number of years, in most cases. Companies that failed to warn employees of the dangers of asbestos inhalation and refused to provide equipment or other safety measures are liable for the employees who have developed mesothelioma and may be taken to court. If you have personally been affected by mesothelioma or if a family member has died from this condition, you may be entitled to claim damages.

Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuit is dedicated to helping the victims of asbestos exposure and their families collect all that is owed to them. Fighting cancer or losing a loved one to the disease is enough of a burden without the financial responsibility that comes with the medical bills for proper care. We are dedicated to collecting the most in damages for you so that you will not need to take on this additional burden. Call us today to set up a free consultation so that we can let you know more about your rights and what we can do to help you.

Sources:

http://www.asbestos.com/treatment/
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/malignantmesothelioma/patient/page1
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mesothelioma/DS00779/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs