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.
A rare form of cancer that is associated with asbestos exposure is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma treatment options for this are limited because the cancer is so rare. It attacks the mesothelium which is the membrane lining the heart, abdomen or lungs. This cancer typically wreaks havoc in the body over decades going undetected until an official mesothelioma diagnosis is rendered. At that time, the patient normally only has 1 to 2 years of life remaining.
There are three main types of mesothelioma that treatment options are required to manage tumor growth or pain. Malignant mesothelioma types include:
- Pericardial Mesothelioma: This is the least common type of malignant mesothelioma and it attacks the heart sac.
- Pleural Mesothelioma: This is the most common type of mesothelioma and it attacks the thoracic cavity in the lungs.
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma: This is the second most common type of mesothelioma and it attacks the abdominal cavity in the stomach.
There are traditional mesothelioma treatment options available for the 2,000 to 3,000 cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year in the United States. They include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It is often common practice to use a combination of two or three mesothelioma treatment options to fight this rare cancer. Sometimes, surgery only serves a palliative purpose, but the comfort of the patient is always taken into consideration when treating the cancer. Slowing the growth and spread of cancer cells throughout the body, minimizing tumors prior to surgical treatment using chemotherapy and eliminating microscopic mesothelioma residue following surgery with chemotherapy are common practice.