This month, we will explore mesothelioma in a series dedicated to the lifecycle of mesothelioma. This lifecycle will include discussions in phases of the disease and also discussions involving a victim’s legal rights and what type of legal representation is the best for successful trial or settlement.
Articles in Section I will include discussions on asbestos exposure, mesothelioma symptoms and the effects of the disease on the veteran community with asbestos on navy ships and veterans with mesothelioma.
Articles in Section II will provide information on receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma, mesothelioma prognosis, malignant mesothelioma and the types of mesothelioma such as peritoneal mesothelioma.
Articles in Section III will detail how to find a mesothelioma attorney. There are many types of asbestos law firms fighting these types of tort cases. Any victim of mesothelioma should know it is important to recognize the characteristics to look for when securing an asbestos cancer lawyer, mesothelioma lawyer, an asbestos law firm or any attorney for mesothelioma.
Articles in Section IV will discuss information pertaining to the mesothelioma survival rate and mesothelioma life expectancy. Both topics are difficult to embrace but necessary to know so that affairs can be put in order.
All articles in this series are designed to provide you with helpful information in dealing with mesothelioma.
Section I: A Peritoneal Mesothelioma Prognosis is Never Good News
This article will give information about peritoneal mesothelioma and how it affects victims of asbestos exposure.
Peritoneal mesothelioma prognosis is poor, as it is for all types of mesothelioma patients. Many treatments are comprised of palliative approaches including radiation and chemotherapy. If the cancer has not had a devastating spread, most oncologists recommend surgery to remove as much diseased tissue as possible. Surgical resection of the disease is most important to have a prolonged mesothelioma life expectancy.
Of course, chemotherapy is commonly used to treat the disease. There is only a single chemotherapy regimen approved by the FDA as a prescribed therapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma. There are dozens of other clinical trials being conducted that are testing new drugs specific to peritoneal mesothelioma.
Surgery is most successful for patients that are diagnosed in early stages of the disease. Many times, a peritoneal mesothelioma prognosis will be better if surgical treatment is coupled with radiation and chemotherapy. This modality approach has proven to prolong the lives of many patients and provide relief of pain for others that had a deterioration of life because of it. A medical team that is specialized in treating specific types of mesothelioma will be able to assess what is the best approach for each individual patient.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common form of mesothelioma and occurs in about 20% of cases. This type of cancer occurs in the peritoneum, which is the lining of the abdominal cavity and surrounds the internal organs for support and lubrication. When mesothelioma cancer invades this area, organs deteriorate and treatment is mandatory.