Mesothelioma Symptoms & Diagnosis
Nationally Respected Mesothelioma Attorneys in Chicago, IL
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a known carcinogen - meaning it is proven to cause cancer - and is heavily regulated by the United States government. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma, you could be entitled to significant compensation.
The knowledgeable Chicago mesothelioma lawyers from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm have five decades of collective experience. We are dedicated to helping mesothelioma patients throughout the country. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars in 10,000+ cases for injury victims and travel to represent clients in all 50 states.
Early Detection Is Best, But Often Difficult
Mesothelioma symptoms mimic other, more common diseases, so the diagnosis is difficult and often delayed. After exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma can take 20 to 50 years to develop. By the time it is diagnosed, the cancer has often spread to nearby organs and progressed to an inoperable state.
There is currently no known cure for mesothelioma, although palliative treatments are available to improve quality of life. As medicine and science advance, individualized therapies involved in genetics, immunotherapy, and more traditional cancer therapies, continue to develop.
What Are the Symptoms of Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is often misdiagnosed as whooping cough, pneumonia, abdominal discomfort, hernias, and other ailments. Each type of mesothelioma incurs a range of symptoms, varying in severity from difficulty breathing to cancerous lumps.
Any of the following symptoms may indicate mesothelioma:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Lower back pain
- Persistent, dry cough
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Fluid in lungs
- Blood clotting abnormalities
- Fluid effusion
- Bowel obstruction
- Unexplained weight loss
- Night sweats
- Lumps on testicles
- Accumulation of fluid in the pleura
- No symptoms at all
These symptoms begin to show long after the disease has taken hold. Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos should inform his or her doctors of the possibility of an asbestos-related illness. Mesothelioma is caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure.
Tell Your Doctor if You Have Been Exposed to Asbestos.
If you were diagnosed with a pulmonary condition, had exposure to asbestos, or worked in a high-risk industry, it is wise to request that your doctor run tests for asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. Family members of those who worked in high-risk occupations should also inform their doctors of the potential for an asbestos-related disease, because mesothelioma can be contracted through secondary exposure, from contact with a contaminated worker's clothing or skin.
Diagnosis of Mesothelioma
A proper mesothelioma diagnosis is obtained through several tests:
- Medical history evaluation: Determines any asbestos or toxic substance exposure
- Chest X-ray: Can show abnormal tissue growths
- CT scans: Can show fluid build-up in the lungs
- MRI: Shows internal tissue with more detail and accuracy
- Biopsy: Questionable tissue is sampled with a fine needle and tested for traces of cancerous cells
These tests allow for a greater chance of early detection.
Once diagnosed, you may want to consider genetic testing. In the past, doctors chose not to conduct genetic sequencing on mesothelioma patients because no targeted therapies existed. Recent genetic analysis of mesothelioma tumors have established specific genetic mutations that can be targeted with existing drugs. For the first time, mesothelioma patients, like patients of other types of cancer, can be tested for genetic mutations that could lead to better, more effective treatments.
With the establishment of a complete genomic profile of mesothelioma comes the hope of long-term survival.
If you receive a mesothelioma or asbestosis diagnosis, contact Pintas & Mullins today to schedule a -free consultation. We fight for your right to compensation for the medical expenses and loss of quality of life that result from your illness. We have a proven track record of success securing maximum awards and settlements for mesothelioma victims and their families. Companies that profited from manufacturing or using asbestos while knowing that the toxic mineral is harming the workers must be held accountable.
Award-Winning Advocacy Just a Phone Call Away – Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm
Our 24-hour call-in line is available to help start your case. All cases begin with a free initial consultation and are handled on a contingency fee basis, so we ONLY get paid if we get you compensation. To begin your mesothelioma case, call (800) 774-7120 or contact us online. Our Illinois lung cancer attorneys handle cases across the United States.