In some cases, mesothelioma is a painful death, although there are options to help those with this diagnosis obtain relief and peace in their final days. Chest pain and pain while breathing are often the symptoms that drive those with mesothelioma to report their symptoms to their doctors.
Without treatment, this pain will likely increase as the cancer advances. There are things your doctor can do to reduce your pain even if there is no effective treatment or cure for your cancer. You, or your loved one with mesothelioma, do not have to die a painful death.
Mesothelioma Can Cause Significant Pain and Suffering
According to the Mayo Clinic, pleural mesothelioma—mesothelioma growing in the chest area—and the symptoms that occur as a result of this type of cancer almost always involve pain. Painful symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath that occurs as a result of the thickening of the lining of the affected lung
- A painful buildup of fluid around the lungs called pleural effusion
- Chest pain
Often, these are the first symptoms of mesothelioma in the lining of the chest cavity; however, by the time the pain is severe enough to cause the person any concern, the cancer is already advanced. This makes it difficult to catch mesothelioma early and to treat it effectively, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Mesothelioma may also cause a number of general symptoms, such as:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Severe fatigue
- Concerns about blood clotting
- Night sweats
There Are Options for Reducing Your Mesothelioma Pain
While mesothelioma may be a painful death, there are several things doctors may be able to do to help. According to Lung Cancer, palliative care provides pain relief and treats symptoms to improve the quality of life in patients suffering from mesothelioma. Palliative care plays a key part in supporting a patient with mesothelioma or any other type of terminal cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute, supportive care for mesothelioma may include:
- Reducing fluid buildup around the lungs
- Preventing future fluid buildup in the body
- Reducing the size of the cancer through surgery or chemotherapy
- Radiation to reduce blockages in the airway
- Pain management
All of these options should be a part of your cancer treatment plan, or the treatment of a loved one, if they become necessary. In addition, hospice care and palliative care specialists may be able to provide additional suggestions for easing pain and improving quality of life after a terminal cancer diagnosis.
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You May Be Able To Seek Recovery Based on Your Mesothelioma Diagnosis
If you or a loved one has a mesothelioma diagnosis and worked in an industry where asbestos exposure may have been possible, you may be able to take action to seek recovery. You may qualify for a personal injury award or wrongful death settlement based on exposure to asbestos and a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can speak with you and possibly determine the merits of your case today. A mesothelioma asbestos cancer lawyer can gather proof of a link between your occupation and your cancer to help pursue financial recovery on behalf of you and your family.
The asbestos companies knew the dangers of their products for decades before they warned workers and began taking precautions to prevent exposure. If your cancer occurred as a result of asbestos exposure, you may be eligible to recover:
- Medical treatment costs
- Palliative and supportive care costs
- Prescription pain medications and other prescribed drugs
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Compensation for your physical pain and suffering
- Compensation for your mental anguish
- Wrongful death losses if your family member passed away from occupational mesothelioma
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we believe you should not have to pay for mesothelioma treatment and related expenses. The asbestos companies that profited from your work and exposed you to their deadly products should be responsible.
Discuss Your Potential Asbestos Cancer Case with Us
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can speak with you today if you received a mesothelioma diagnosis or lost a family member to this asbestos-related cancer. We handle mesothelioma cases and other asbestos cancer cases, and we will not shy away from the tough cases if we believe they have merit.
Our team works on a contingency fee basis. We do not charge mesothelioma patients or their families anything upfront, and we will never ask you for any payment out of pocket. We take our fee from the financial recovery we secure in your case. If you do not recover compensation, we will not receive our fee.
To talk to Pintas & Mullins Law Firm about your case, call (800) 307-3113 now. We offer free consultations.