Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is rare and usually affects the lining of the lungs. This type of cancer develops due to asbestos exposure. The majority of people who have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma have been exposed to particles of glass and asbestos on the job. In addition, it is possible to suffer from asbestos exposure by doing the laundry of a person who worked with glass or asbestos. If you or a loved one has this type of cancer, you need a Mesothelioma Lawyer to help you fight for compensation.
The mesothelium is tissue, which contains several thin layers of visceral and parietal membranes. The visceral membrane forms around the organs and the parietal membrane encloses around the visceral membrane forming a sac. The membranes line body cavities such as the abdominal cavity. Membranes also form around organs such as the lungs.
There are many symptoms of this disease. The type of symptoms you experience may depend on the type of mesothelioma. The following is a list of possible symptoms and is not all-inclusive:
- Weight loss
- Swelling or pain in the abdominal area
- Night sweats
- Blood clotting
- Bowel obstruction
- Low blood sugar
The most likely area mesothelioma will develop is the mesothelium membrane which is often referred to as the pleural lining around the lungs. Approximately two-thirds of mesothelioma occurs in the lung lining. Asbestos exposure is the principal cause of this type of mesothelioma. Asbestos was used in numerous industries during the 20th century. Extensive scientific research has been conducted to determine other likely causes of pleural mesothelioma. However, none of this research has proven a link between other causes as the significant link between cancer of the lung lining and asbestos.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma develops in the abdominal cavity. This type of cancer accounts for approximately one-third of all mesothelioma cases. There have been cases of pericardial mesothelioma. However, it is extremely rare and affects the tissue around the heart or reproductive organs.
Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of peritoneal mesothelioma. Research demonstrates asbestos may reach the lining of the abdomen by two possible routes. The first is through ingested fibers. The asbestos fibers are digested and lodge in the peritoneum. The second possible route is through the lymph nodes and lungs. In the United State, there are approximately two hundred to five hundred cases reported each year. Sadly, in many cases, the symptoms may not present until twenty to fifty years after exposure to asbestos.
Today, all mesotheliomas are deemed as cancerous or malignant. Localized tumors spread quickly to surrounding organs and tissue. The cancer does not usually spread to other areas of the body until advanced stages of the disease. This is a deadly disease and often goes undetected until it has reached the advanced stage of the disease. Since detection is usually in the advance stage, prognosis is not good. Many people only survive one to two years after diagnosis.
Statistics vary on life expectancy once an individual is diagnosed. Most statistical data and research indicate life expectancy is between one and two years. In a few rare cases, individuals have survived for 10 years after the initial diagnosis.
A Few Factors that Affect the Survival Rate:
• Age • Overall Health• Smoking• Symptoms• Type of Mesothelioma• Size of tumors• Location of tumors
Treatment of Mesothelioma
If detected early, surgery may be the first step toward treating the disease. Unfortunately, early detection is rare. Most patients will be diagnosed in the advance stage of the disease. Typically, these patients will undergo chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In many cases, a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy will be used to treat the disease. Many patients will opt to join clinical trials that are testing new medications and new treatments such as gene therapy. While many of these clinical trials show promise, currently there is no cure for this disease. The clinical trials do provide the opportunity to gather further research; however, it does not extend the life expectancy of patients at this time.
Mesothelioma is a treacherous disease with a high mortality rate. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with this disease, you need to hire a Mesothelioma Lawyer. Over a million lawsuits have been filed against companies that exposed employees to asbestos. A lawyer can help you fight for compensation and protect your rights. Mesothelioma is a deadly disease and many people have been exposed to asbestos unknowingly. You have a right to seek damages for asbestos exposure. While filing a lawsuit will not save your life or your loved ones life, it may provide much needed compensation. Get a free consultation with an experienced Mesothelioma Lawyer who will review your case and help you determine the appropriate course of action.