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What is Mesothelioma?

Malignant Mesothelioma Symptoms and Diagnosis

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer. As one of the least-diagnosed and often misdiagnosed cancers, it is caused by exposure to asbestos-containing products and materials.

Malignant mesothelioma is when cancer cells are found in the sac lining in the chest or abdomen. Approximately 70 to 90 percent of cases develop in the lungs and approximately 10 to 30 percent form in the lining of the abdomen. It typically takes about 25 to 50 years after initial exposure to asbestos for symptoms to arise.

How is Mesothelioma Diagnosed?

Mesothelioma victims will experience symptoms that consist of shortness of breath, pain in the chest or pain and swelling within the abdomen. Typically, a doctor will diagnose mesothelioma first by ordering an x-ray of the chest or abdomen, then by looking inside the chest cavity with a thorascope.

A thoracoscopy is performed in the hospital where a cut will be made through the chest wall and the thorascope is put into the chest between two ribs. If the symptoms are in the abdomen, a doctor will look inside the abdomen with a peritoneoscope.

If the tissue is not normal, a small piece is cut and then looked at under a microscope to see if mesothelioma cells are present. This process, otherwise known as a biopsy, will allow for a clear diagnosis of mesothelioma.

Is Mesothelioma Treatable?

The treatment of mesothelioma is dependent upon the size and placement, as well as how far the mesothelioma has spread at the time of diagnosis. It also depends on the mesothelioma victim’s age, health and how the mesothelioma initially responds to treatment.

If you or someone you know is suffering with mesothelioma, you could be eligible to file a mesothelioma claim. Allow our lawyers to help by contacting us today or calling 866-613-9319. You can also get a free consultation.

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