The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that, at present, about 1.3 million construction and general industry workers are being exposed to asbestos in the United States. Workers in this industry are at the highest risk because of the abundance of asbestos-containing products in popular household materials, such as insulation and floor or ceiling tiles. The team of asbestos exposure attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm warns those working in construction and demolition of this risk and its consequences.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lining of certain organs, most frequently the lungs, and which is only known to be caused by asbestos exposure. Although asbestos is no longer mined in the U.S., it remains in homes, ships and commercial buildings in large amounts throughout the country. Mesothelioma and asbestos-caused lung cancer is the consequence of breathing asbestos fibers into the lungs, where they are lodged in lung tissue, often permanently. The fibrous materials support cancerous growth, which can take anywhere between 20 and 50 years to manifest in the body.
After the Diagnosis
Once a patient is diagnosed with mesothelioma, the treatment options and survival rates may seem overwhelming. It is important, however, to realize the importance of a comprehensive, well-rounded support team, including doctors and specialists, family, friends, and even pets. For many patients, their best chance at fighting mesothelioma is the result of effort from many difference angles.
Medically speaking, patients should seek out oncologists, pulmonologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists and pathologists that they feel extremely comfortable with. Even beyond these specialties, patients may want to consider seeking alternate opinions from physicians specializing in immunotherapy and other novel therapies. Consulting with an infectious disease expert is also highly advised, as infections are among the most common and most devastating complications of cancer treatment.
Mesothelioma treatment research is constantly expanding, with clinical trials introduced constantly in the U.S. Many patients may be eligible for participating in a clinical trial, which uses a specific group of patients to test new therapies and which often yield positive results. A full list of clinical trials that are currently enrolling mesothelioma patients may be found here.
Beyond medical treatment, mesothelioma patients also require immense emotional and spiritual support. For the lucky ones, this can be provided through family members or close-knit groups of friends. Consulting with spiritual counselors, whatever that may mean to you, can also provide this support, helping patients treat the whole person instead of just the cancer.
Along with physical debilitation, mesothelioma patients may also suffer
from depression, anxiety, or other cognitive issues from the stress of
a serious illness. Finding ways to ease the mind-chatter is always beneficial,
but you have to find ways that work specifically for you. For some, this
may be mediation, yoga, creating art or music; for others that may mean
adopting a pet or traveling to a new region to experience something new.
Collaboration is almost always the key to success, and creating a well-rounded team of experts, caregivers and specialists around mesothelioma patients can make all the difference. In addition to those mentioned above, patients may also find it helpful to seek out others who can help you cope, such as wig specialists, pain management systems, home care services, and physical therapists.
Our team of mesothelioma lawyers is also here to help in every way we can. We have our own firm investigators that can help you get to the bottom of when, where and how you were exposed to asbestos and guide you through the process of filing a legal claim against the responsible parties. We also work on a contingency basis, which means that we do not get paid unless we win a settlement or verdict on your behalf. If you do not receive payment, neither do we. For any other questions relating to asbestos exposure treatment and litigation, contact our firm online or by phone today.