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Malignant mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer. Mesothelioma is a malignant neoplasm originating from pleural or peritoneal surfaces that is usually associated with occupational exposure to asbestos. It is a disease in which malignant cancer cells are found in the sac lining of the chest and lungs- Pleural Mesothelioma or the abdomen – Peritoneal Mesothelioma and the heart – Pericardial Mesothelioma. The stage or severity of mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose, due to the great variability in the time before diagnosis and the rate of disease progression. The first indication of mesothelioma is often by a simple chest x-ray. For more clarification or confirmation a MRI, CT SCAN , a biopsy or removal operation may be needed. Mesothelioma is categorized in Stages I, II, III and IV.
CAUSES OF MESOTHELIOMA ?
Anyone who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma has probably already been told that they must have been exposed to asbestos. Asbestos was used in a variety of products ranging from construction supplies to brake linings. During World War II, hundreds of thousands of civilian and military workers, through their occupations, were exposed to asbestos. Production slowed dramatically in the 1970s as the health risks of asbestos became public. Many products in years past had extremely high concentrations of asbestos that can cause mesothelioma including insulation (pipe, boiler, block & cement), textiles, fireproofing, pipe and furnace insulation materials, asbestos shingles, asbestos seals, automobile brake pads and brake linings, clutch facings, and gaskets spackling, patching compounds, jointing compound, gaskets, packings, asbestos-cement pipe, sheet material, ceiling tiles, wallboard, siding, roofing materials, automotive brake shoes, railroad/ locomotive brakes, and clutches.
Asbestos diseases follow a "dose-response" relationship curve, meaning the more asbestos fibers one inhales (doses) AND the higher number of exposures, then the higher the risk of an asbestos-related disease. NOTE: neither, either or both MAY lead to one becomes sick from that exposure depends in part on one’s susceptibility to asbestos. The shortest latency period (from the date of first exposure) for asbestosis is roughly 5-10 years, although often it takes 25-40 years or more from the first exposure before the disease is diagnosed. There is no maximum latency period, since asbestos fibers remain in the lungs for life.
STAGES OF MALIGNANT MESOTHELIOMA
Staging is the process of finding out how far the cancer has spread. Staging of mesothelioma is based on imaging studies such as x-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans. The treatment and outlook for patients with mesothelioma largely depends on the stage (extent of spread) of their cancer. Since pleural mesothelioma occurs most frequently and has been studied the most, it is the only mesothelioma for which a staging classification exists. The staging system most often used for mesothelioma is the Butchart system. This system is based mainly on the extent of the primary tumor mass, and divides mesotheliomas into stages I through IV. Patients in Stage I of the Disease have a significantly better prognosis than those with more advanced stage. However, due to the relative rarity of this mesothelioma, exact survival information based upon a stage is limited. Once malignant mesothelioma is found, more medical tests are usually performed to find out if cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body. This mesothelioma staging process is essential so that the doctors know the correct stage of the mesothelioma cancer in order to treat it effectively. A staging system based upon thoracic surgery principals and clinical data is shown below.
Standard treatment for all but localized mesothelioma is generally NOT curative. Although some patients will experience long-term with aggressive treatment approaches, it remains unclear if overall survival can be significantly altered by the different treatment methods or by combinations of methods. Extrapleural pneumonectomy in selected patient with very early stage disease may improve recurrence-free survival, but its impact on overall survival is unknown. Pleurectomy and decortication can provide palliative relief from symptomatic effusions, discomfort caused by tumor burden and pain caused by invasive tumors. The use of radiation therapy in pleural mesothelioma has been shown to alleviate pain in the majority of patients treated. Unfortunately, the duration of symptom control is short-lived. Single agent and combined chemotherapy have reported higher response rates in STAGE II patients, however, the toxicity reported is also higher and there is no evidence that combination treatments result in longer survival or longer control of the symptoms.
MESOTHELIOMA- LEGAL OPTIONS
The evidence is OVERWHELMING, that the asbestos companies and suppliers knew as early as the 1940’s that their products were dangerous and were hazardous. In fact, these companies fought hard to keep it a secret. The asbestos companies continue to fight and resist and they will not pay out money that is owed to you for your medical bills or pain and suffering or any other monetary damages without a fight. If you or a family member have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should hire a lawyer, as soon as possible. Due to the horrible nature of this disease and the complicated medical issues associated with mesothelioma, establishing proper asbestos product identification is essential. Normally after we obtain the background information and preliminary medical diagnosis reports, we meet with the client and conduct an extensive interview to get a full work and exposure history and try and determine the source and duration of the exposure. Once that is done, then the legal team can start to file the lawsuit and pursue your case. Time is of the essence.
WE DO NOT THROW YOUR CASE INTO A PILE OF OTHER ASBESTOS EXPOSURE CASES AND SETTLE YOUR CASE IN A MASS TORT SETTLEMENT. YOUR MESOTHELIOMA CASE IS A SEPARATE CASE AND WILL BE FILED AS AN INDIVIDUAL CASE. YOUR DAMAGES AND INJURIES ARE YOUR OWN AND WILL NOT BE GROUPED WITH OTHER LESS SERIOUSLY INJURED CLIENTS. IN FACT THE ONLY ASBESTOS CASES, THE WILLIS LAW FIRM REPRESENTS ARE MESOTHELIOMA CASES AND ASBESTOS LUNG CANCER CASES.