Mesothelioma Cancer – What is it?

Mesothelioma cancer is a malignant neoplasm originating from pleural or peritoneal surfaces that is usually associated with occupational exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma cancer 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 cancer 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 cancer 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 cancer is categorized in Stages I, II, III and IV.

Mesothelioma Cancer Stages

STAGE I :   (LOCALIZED) The mesothelioma cancer is confined within the capsule of the parietal pleura (ipsilateral pleura, lung, pericardium, and the diaphragm).
STAGE II
:   (ADVANCED) All of Stage I mesothelioma cancer with the addition of intrathoracic (N1 or N2) lymph nodes.
STAGE III
: (ADVANCED) Local extension of mesothelioma cancer into the following: chest wall or mediastinum, heart or through the diaphragm, peritoneum (with or without extrathoracic or contralateral (N3)lymph node involvement).
STAGE IV
: (ADVANCED) Distant metastatic disease process of mesothelioma cancer.
Localized Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer –see Stage I
Advanced Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer
–see Stages II, II,& IV

Mesothelioma Cancer Treatment

Standard treatment for all but localized mesothelioma cancer is generally NOT curative. Although some mesothelioma cancer 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 a selected mesothelioma cancer 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 cancer 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 mesothelioma cancer 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 Cancer – Asbestos Exposure Legal Options

If you or a family member have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, you should hire a lawyer, as soon as possible. Due to the horrible nature of mesothelioma cancer and the complicated medical issues associated with mesothelioma cancer, 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 mesothelioma cancer lawsuit and pursue your case. Time is of the essence. Call Toll Free 1-800-883-9858 to discuss your mesothelioma asbestos case with a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Free Asbestos Cancer Case Evaluation – 1-800-883-9858 or Click Here


 

 

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