Malignant mesothelioma cancer is a very rare form of cancer. It is a disease in which malignant cancer cells are found in the sac lining of the Pleural Mesothelioma (chest and lungs) or Peritoneal Mesothelioma (abdomen). The prognosis in mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose, due to the great variability in the time before mesothelioma 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 biopsy or removal operation may be needed. Mesothelioma Stages are categorized in Stages I, II, III IV. The Willis Law Firm in Houston, Texas is here to assist you. Talk to a Mesothelioma Lawyer about a Mesothelioma asbestos lawsuit.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma asbestos related cancer has probably already been told that they must have been to asbestos. Many products in years past had extremely high concentrations of asbestos including insulation (pipe, boiler, block & Cement),engine rooms, asbestos gaskets, textiles, fireproofing, spackling, patching compounds, gaskets, packings, asbestos-cement pipe, sheet material, ceiling tiles, wallboard, siding, roofing brakes and clutches. More Information on Asbestos Containing Products.
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: That neither, either or both MAY lead to one becomes sick from that asbestos exposure depends in part as to ones susceptibility to asbestos. The shortest asbestos latency period (from the date of first exposure) for asbestosis is roughly 5-10 years, although often it takes 30-40 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.
Mesothelioma diagnosis can be done by your doctor with a chest CT-scan or MRI. The process of diagnosing a case of begins with a review of a patient’s medical history, with a focus on any history of asbestos exposure. A medical professional may prescribe a full series of tests, including x-rays, lung function tests, CT (CAT) scans, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). If a case of Mesothelioma is suspected, a physical biopsy of the suspect tissue will be used to confirm the diagnosis. Click here > for more information on Mesothelioma Diagnosis.
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 disease, exact survival information based upon stage is limited. A proposed staging system based upon thoracic surgery principals and clinical data is shown below. Mesothelioma Stages
Disease is confined within the capsule of the parietal pleura(ipsilateral pleura, lung, pericardium, and the diaphragm.
All of Stage I with the addition of intrathoracic(N1 or N2)lymph nodes.
Local extension of the disease into the following: chest wall or mediastinum, heart or through the diaphragm, peritoneum: ( with or without extrathoracic or contralateral (N3)lymph node involvement.
Distant metastatic disease process. Localized Malignant Mesothelioma–see Stage I Advanced Malignant Mesothelioma–see Stages II, II & IV
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. More Mesothelioma Treatment Options.
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with Malignant Mesothelioma, call our office for a Free Confidential Consultation concerning the very important legal and medical issues. Due to the SERIOUS NATURE of this disease it is extremely important to move very quickly to investigate the work history, obtain names of co-workers, try and identify the types and brands of asbestos products in ones past, and document the different locations and names of ship and other vessels that the exposed worker came into contact with asbestos. While we understand it very difficult to remember each and every place one worked or the types or brands of asbestos one is exposed to, we have found that once a worker goes through notebooks of asbestos documents, catalogs and advertisements from the 1940’s through the 1970’s, the proper identification of the products is greatly improved. Mesothelioma Lawsuit & Legal Options
PROPER BACKGROUND HISTORY AND INVESTIGATION TAKES TIME, therefore, the sooner one begins the better. It is especially the case when we are dealing with a client whose life has been turned completely upside down due to the disease, the medical treatments and the knowledge of the finality of the disease.
**** Immediately upon being hired by an injured worker or their family, an complete interview, work history, product ID, and medical background is done. Then with most Mesothelioma patients, suit MUST BE FILED IMMEDIATELY in order to obtain sworn evidence of the exposure, work history and product ID. The clients condition, physical pains, anguish, and evidence are documented in a sworn deposition. Often times these depositions take place at the clients house, hospital or some another convenient and comfortable location for the client. In other cases, due to the advanced stage of this disease, a deposition of the injured worker may be impossible, and other ways of obtaining the necessary information and proof has to be pursued.
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