Yes, there are blood tests that may detect mesothelioma in patients. These blood tests look for certain components, and the presence of these components can indicate that someone may have mesothelioma. These blood tests do not replace measures like X-rays, CT scans, biopsies, or testing for other biomarkers. Doctors can use mesothelioma blood tests alongside other methods for detection to monitor the progress and develop a plan of treatment for the patient.
Testing for Mesothelioma
Doctors and researchers are still studying results and the efficacy of these methods for testing. Anyone experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma should discuss their options with their doctor.
- MESOMARK a test that uses blood samples to look for “biomarkers” specific to mesothelioma. These markers are elevated in the blood many years before the actual development of cancer, so MESOMARK enables a doctor to identify a patient and begin treatment early enough to suppress the cancer.
- SOMAmer is similar to MESOMARK, and tests for a panel of biomarkers in the blood. The owner of SOMAmer maintains a “library” of biomarkers, so that mutations in biomarkers can be tracked and cataloged.
- Fibulin-3 Test is a new biomarker specifically for malignant mesothelioma. It is also used in following the progression of mesothelioma, which is essential in monitoring treatment.
- Human MPF ELISA Kit is used to identify the actual genetic material of mesothelioma, and spot the cancer-causing agent before it begins work within the body. The ELISA Kit can be used by doctors in concert with a number of other existing cancer test kits.
Most cases of mesothelioma come from exposure to asbestos, according to the American Cancer Society. However, merely being exposed to asbestos does not mean a person will develop mesothelioma, or when it may develop. As with any cancer, early detection and early treatment is essential to a better prognosis and life expectancy. With many people dealing with this disease, the symptoms can be a sign of an advanced form of mesothelioma.
The advantage of blood tests is that they may detect the presence of cancerous biomarkers before visible malignancies have appeared on scans. This enables doctors to begin planning a course of treatment as soon as the presence of the disease is known.
Taking Action After a Diagnosis
A blood test may detect mesothelioma if doctors are looking for specific substances in the blood, as these can suggest a possible case of mesothelioma. If a person believes he or she has been exposed to asbestos, they may want to get one of these tests and begin treatment right away.
These tests may be expensive and insurance may not cover all of the costs. Early detection and aggressive treatment can improve survival rate, but this disease can cause medical bills to pile up regardless of diagnosis date. Many cases of exposure to asbestos are due to the negligence of a third party, so anyone suffering from mesothelioma may be able to receive compensation for injuries and pain and suffering, and even the death of a loved one.
If a person believes there is a risk of asbestos exposure, the sooner suppressive treatment is begun, the better the outcome. When a blood test paired with other forms of detection and screening, patients may live longer than others who received a late diagnosis.
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Lawsuits and Statutes of Limitation
Although some blood tests may detect mesothelioma through elevated substances, some people may already have an advanced stage of the disease. Regardless of the stage of the cancer, patients can obtain the services of a law firm to sue the employer or agency that caused the exposure.
Depending on which state the claim is filed in, the statute of limitations will vary. Each state has its own statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death. In some cases, involving certain manufacturers and employers, asbestos trust funds have already been set aside to pay for claims without filing a lawsuit.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive, fast-moving cancer, and a diagnosis can be overwhelming. You or your family should carefully consider your options before deciding on a course of action. Victims of negligence due to mesothelioma exposure can use an attorney to fight for justice. Consider Pintas & Mullins Law Firm and call (800) 307-3113 for more information.