A diagnosis of or even the suspicion of mesothelioma can bring with it a feeling of dread and fear that may it difficult to make the decisions that need to be made. At such times having access to sound mesothelioma advice can be priceless. Some information about the disease can sometimes be helpful.
Exposure To Asbestos And Mesothelioma
Asbestos is a name referring to six naturally occurring silicate minerals. Mesothelioma is a cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos at some point in the patient’s past. Most often that exposure came from exposure on the job. Many industries utilized asbestos and in some cases endangered their workers. Some of these were shipbuilding, and some of the construction fields such as plumbing, or electrical workers.
If you have a history of exposure to asbestos in your past, or if someone you were close to (physically – such as lived in the same house, etc.) had exposure then here are some symptoms to be conscious of. Lumps or abdominal swelling Shortness of breath along with abdominal pain Unexplained weight loss Loss of appetite Nausea Fever Night sweats Persistent cough Blood in the sputum None of these are necessarily caused by mesothelioma, and symptoms of mesothelioma are similar to other cancers, but any of these symptoms combined with a history of exposure to asbestos may mean that it may be a good idea to consult a physician.
The tools for the diagnosis of mesothelioma cancer are the same as those for the diagnosis of any cancer. The principle difference is the history of exposure to asbestos. Testing by use of x-rays and blood tests are first steps. There may be further testing by using CT (computed tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans. It may be necessary to obtain fluid from the lungs or within the abdomen. This is when it is sound advice to have the services of a physician with experience in the diagnosis of asbestos cancer mesothelioma.
When a diagnosis of mesothelioma has been made, decisions will have to made about treatment options for malignant mesothelioma. As in the diagnosis of this disease it is important to find a physician experienced in the treatment of mesothelioma. While there is no cure yet, an experienced doctor may be able to give a patient more time with their loved ones and friends. Treatment is normally surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of these. Some of the factors involved in deciding ona course of treatment are what stage the cancer is, the size of any tumors, and the age and general health of the patient. Sometimes more than one specialist will be consulted to help decide the best course of treatment.
Mesothelioma And Your Rights
Mesothelioma is almost always associated with asbestos exposure. In the past some employers were less than candid about the dangers their employees were being exposed to. The result has been that in many cases these employers have been held responsible for the damage done to their employees’ bodies.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, you should consult an attorney to explore whether or not you or your family may be entitled to compensation. The first thing to do is find an attorney who has experience pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit against large corporations and dealing with a sometimes overwhelming and confusing legal system. Try to find an attorney who will treat you with concern and respect. You need someone with an appreciation of what you and your loved ones are experiencing, and who will provide you with all the information and guidance that you need.
Once you have chosen your attorney, you will go through your history. You will review any incidents of asbestos exposure. An experienced attorney will be able to help you remember these incidents. All of this is to lead to a mesothelioma settlement to help you or your family cope with the expenses and pain caused by your exposure to asbestos which led to your mesothelioma. Thousands of workers were exposed for many years and in some cases the companies they were working for knew that there were severe health issues associated with exposure to asbestos, yet they did little or nothing to protect their workers.