Mesothelioma is a tumor of the tissue that marks the stomach, lungs, and other organs. It turns cancerous and affects the lungs. This form of cancer is not seen normally and usually develops due to asbestos exposure. Those who are known to get diagnosed with Mesothelioma were exposed to glass particles and asbestos. It is even possible to get affected with asbestos exposure if you had done the laundry of a person involved in the work of glass or asbestos.
If you or anyone in your vicinity has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma cancer, the best you can do or advise someone is to hire a lawyer to get the compensation.
The Mesothelium tissue has several thin layers of visceral and parietal membranes. The visceral membrane is formed around the organs while the parietal membrane surrounds the visceral membrane creating a sac. The membranes border body cavities like the abdominal cavity and also act as edges around organs such as the lungs.
There are various symptoms that a person suffering from Mesothelioma will experience and that may vary as per the severity of the disease. The first signs of Mesothelioma include:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Dry Cough
- Muscle weakness
- Pain in the chest or abdominal area
- Weight loss
- Low Blood Sugar
- Sweating during night
- Blood clotting
- Bowel Obstruction
Pleural is the most potential area where the mesothelioma will develop and it is mesothelium membrane lining around the lungs. Probably that’s the reason two-thirds of mesothelioma happens in the lung lining. This type of mesothelioma is mainly caused due to exposure to Asbestos. A number of researches have been made to get some other causes of pleural mesothelioma. But none of the research proved successful in linking any other factors as the cause for cancer of the lung lining and asbestos.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma develops in the abdominal cavity and accounts for approximately one-third of all mesothelioma cases. It is extremely rare and has an impact on the tissue around the heart or reproductive organs.
Asbestos exposure is known as the origin of peritoneal mesothelioma. Researches have shown that asbestos may reach the lining of the abdomen through two possible routes- one is via ingested fibers while the second one is through the lymph nodes and lungs. The peritoneum is the area where asbestos fibers are digested.
There are approximately two hundred to five hundred cases reported each year in the United States. In most of the cases, the symptoms may not present even after twenty to fifty years after exposure to asbestos.
Normally, all mesotheliomas are considered cancerous or malignant. Cancer doesn’t spread to other areas of the body until it reaches its advanced stage. Also, this deadly disease stays undetected till it is at the advanced stage and people survive only up to two years after the disease is diagnosed. The prognosis statistics depend on the life expectance after the person is detected with the disease. There are rare cases where individuals have lived for 10 years after the first diagnosis. The factors that determine the survival rate are:
• Overall Health
• Type of Mesothelioma
• Size of tumors
• Location of tumors
Treatment of Mesothelioma
Surgery is the first step towards treating this disease if it gets detected early. However, in every case, early detection is not possible and most of the patients are identified when they reach the advanced stage. That time the patients have to go through chemotherapy and radiation therapy or a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy will also work. Mesothelioma is a perfidious disease with a high death rate.
Those who get diagnosed with this disease need to hire a Mesothelioma Lawyer. Several lawsuits have been filed against companies that have opened their employees to asbestos. The lawyer will help you fight for your rights and get the compensation. Most of the people affected with the disease have been exposed to asbestos accidentally.
However, you have the right to seek compensation for exposure to asbestos by filing a lawsuit. It will save your life and will even provide the required compensation. So don’t wait and get a free consultation from an experienced Mesothelioma Lawyer who will review your case and help you determine the appropriate course of action.