This month we will cover two sides of mesothelioma: the legal elements and the medical elements. Each side of this disease can be heavily daunting. One side of the coin gives you a diagnosis that in a large majority of the cases is fatal within 2 years. There are many obstacles to cover to prolong life and protect and preserve the quality of life that remains. The other side of the coin represents the law and the illegal exposure to asbestos that was the cause of your deadly illness. Most will want to legally pursue options to hold the parties of this exposure responsible and go after monetary compensation.
Your first inclination about asbestos-related illness will come from a medical diagnosis. Most people are devastated and do not know exactly where to begin. Finding a medical professional or specialist near you will be your first priority. Your next priority will be understanding the legal implications of the negligence of others afflicting you with a deadly disease and you will want to take legal recourse.
Both sides of this coin represent a battle – each with specific steps and understandings you must comprehend and master in order to win the war. This months’ blogs will help to empower you with information to cover both fronts.
When you receive a mesothelioma prognosis, your doctor is providing an estimated chance of recovery you will have. Most if not all mesothelioma cancer patients are made aware that their disease is terminal and any prognosis is normally for short term results.
A prognosis is the estimated chance of recovery a patient has after they are diagnosed with a terminal disease. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer whose symptoms take decades to appear. Because of this, mesothelioma patients have a poor diagnosis.
Because of advances in technology and numerous mesothelioma clinical trial programs, more patients are surviving longer periods and the mesothelioma survival rates have ticked upwards. Doctors have come to understand the statistics surrounding the disease and the patients inflicted with it. Age, personal health and stage of cancer all contribute in calculating an accurate mesothelioma prognosis.
As with any cancer, mesothelioma patients can improve their prognosis by making healthy choices and working with a specialist for the best treatment options. Individual status is the number one factor affecting how long a patient can survive with the disease. The type of cancer is also important as there are four types of mesothelioma: pleural, peritoneal, pericardial and testicular. There are a few factors patients can control to increase their survival rate and extend their life expectancy. Having a great medical team around you recommending the best treatments for you is the best option for the longest survival. Because mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer, many doctors are specialized in treating it. Selecting a mesothelioma specialist should be a priority.