Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment Lawyers
Malignant mesothelioma is the cancer related to exposure to the harmful substance asbestos. Those who believe that they were exposed to asbestos and displayed symptoms such as trouble breathing, abdominal pain, unintentional weight loss and coughing up blood typically go to the doctor where they receive a chest x-ray or other physical exam. If a doctor is still unsure about the condition, then they will typically conduct other tests such as blood tests, biopsies and sedimentation rate procedures in order to come to a final diagnosis. Those who are diagnosed with mesothelioma are faced with different options, depending on what stage their cancer is in.
Mesothelioma is a cancer with a long latency period. This means that symptoms do not typically show up until the cancer is in its later stages. This can prove more difficult to treat, as many patients do not discover their disease until upwards of 30 years after initial exposure. The staging of this particular type of cancer factors in what type of tumor, if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes and any metastasis. Doctors and oncologists classify tumors based on the TNM staging system (tumor size, lymph nodes and metastasis). The more aggressive the cancer is, the more aggressive the treatment must be. Listed below are some of the most common treatments that doctors will recommend to combat mesothelioma.
Surgery to Remove Cancerous Tissue
One option for removing cancerous tissue surrounding the lungs and in other parts of the body is surgery. There are four major types of surgical procedures: wide local excision, pleurectomy, pneumonectomy and pleurodesis. A wide local excision is a procedure that will remove cancerous tissue but will also remove some healthy tissue surrounding it. A pleurectomy is an operation that aims at removing a portion of the lung covering and chest lining. Pneumonectomy is a surgical procedure that removes an entire lung as well as portions of the pleura, diaphragm and lining of the heart. Finally, pleurodesis uses chemicals in order to scar some of the layers of the pleura, which in turn stops the fluid buildup in the lungs. Surgery is usually supplemented by some form of chemotherapy or radiation.
Chemotherapy and Radiation
Chemotherapy is a treatment for all types of cancers, including mesothelioma. Chemotherapy uses chemicals to inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. This treatment will kill the cancer cells and attempt to stop them from dividing, but the treatment will also kill some of the healthy cells. There are different methods for chemotherapy, which can include taking chemotherapy drugs orally, through the veins or directly into a section of the body. Radiation is different, in that it uses high energy X-rays and other forms of radiation in order to stop the growth and reproduction of cancer cells. Radiation therapy can take on an internal or external form. Scientists and researchers are also making headway on a number of different biological therapies that deal with boosting a patient's immune system to fight the cancer.
Cancer treatment options are not cheap. Unfortunately, the medical bills to treat malignant mesothelioma will be costly. Many people actually may be able to litigate in order to get compensation to cover the cost of medical bills. Thousands of Americans have been wrongfully exposed to asbestos fibers, causing them to contract this potentially deadly disease. If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed, then be sure to contact our firm and seek help from a Personal Injury Attorney today. Zinda Law Group is prepared to take on mesothelioma cases in order to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions.