Mesothelioma, like many types of cancer, is not a one-diagnosis-fits-all disease. As a result, the best treatment for mesothelioma differs from case to case. However, there are some common tactics to diagnosing and treating mesothelioma that are considered best practices.
The difficulty with mesothelioma is that it can occur in many forms, and not all people who are at risk for mesothelioma know it. The American Cancer Society reports that there are “no recommended screening tests for this cancer in people who are not at increased risk,” so people may not know that they have mesothelioma until it is already in an advanced form.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have a fighting chance at pursuing a legal settlement for medical bills incurred from treating this cancer. Corporations like Johnson & Johnson currently face thousands of lawsuits for mesothelioma and other types of cancer, due to a failure to inform consumers of the potential toxicity of their products.
About the Spread of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma and other lung-related illnesses can be difficult to pinpoint, simply because the appearance of symptoms can seem like something else. Oftentimes, they have in common a looming dark cloud: exposure to asbestos. In fact, the American Lung Association lists asbestos exposure as the primary risk factor for mesothelioma.
The American Lung Association calls lung cancer “mostly a disease of the elderly,” with cases spiking for people age 60 and older in recent years. However, mesothelioma does not only affect the lungs, and the best treatment for mesothelioma can be different if it is in any other part of the body.
Where Mesothelioma Occurs
Mesothelioma, like other forms of cancer, is not always predictable. However, the ACS lists these common forms of mesothelioma and the symptoms with which it usually appears:
- Pleural mesothelioma: Mesothelioma of the chest comes with symptoms like pain in the side of the chest or lower back, trouble breathing, difficulty swallowing, and swelling of the face and arms.
- Peritoneal mesothelioma: Mesothelioma that affects the abdomen lining is shown through symptoms like stomach pain, swelling or fluid in the abdomen, nausea, and constipation.
- Pericardial mesothelioma: When mesothelioma affects the heart, it can appear with symptoms like chest pain, an irregular heartbeat, and shortness of breath.
- Other symptoms of mesothelioma in general: Excessive sweating, fatigue, weight loss (without trying), blood clots, and loss of appetite.
This is not an exhaustive list of symptoms that may indicate mesothelioma in various parts of the body, but they are some of the most common symptoms.
Mesothelioma Spreading and Staging
Like other forms of cancer, mesothelioma can be unique in its location, staging, and treatment. Oncologists will use the mesothelioma staging system to determine the extent of the disease, and based on that determination, the best treatment for mesothelioma.
Once mesothelioma is located, it is converted to a stage between 0 and IV (four), with higher numbers denoting more advanced disease. The best treatment for mesothelioma a person can receive will depend on the location and severity of the cancer.
As you might expect, people in the earlier stages of mesothelioma are expected to respond better to treatments and will likely be eligible for surgery to remove the cancerous tissue. However, surgery can be extremely risky for patients diagnosed with more severe stages of mesothelioma or other health issues.
Other types of treatments used to combat mesothelioma include chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Either can be given in conjunction with surgery or on their own without surgery.
Legal Options for Mesothelioma Treatment
The only guarantee when it comes to a mesothelioma diagnosis is that you will be in for a roller coaster of treatment options, emotions, and medical expenses. Building a legal case might be unthinkable for someone dealing with mesothelioma or another asbestos-caused illness. However, acting quickly can make all the difference.
The legal options for people with mesothelioma should focus on holding liable parties accountable for exposure to asbestos. Your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses could be covered by the corporations who decided not to inform the public of the dangers of asbestos before your health was at risk. Do not wait to act, because in some cases, too long a delay could bar you from seeking compensation.
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Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to Discuss Your Case
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm understands how asbestos exposure is linked to different types of cancer, like mesothelioma. Of course, mesothelioma is far from the only problem that asbestos exposure could have called. It may be helpful to have someone knowledgeable about the history of asbestos and the laws surrounding it tailor a case to your unique circumstances.
You may be able to hold all liable parties accountable for your exposure to asbestos and the treatment of mesothelioma or another related disease. You can speak with one of our team members by calling Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444.