Because mesothelioma is such a rare form of cancer, there are a number of questions surrounding its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, gathered here by our lawyers:
- What is mesothelioma? A form of cancer in which cancerous cells are found in the mesothelium. The cells of the mesothelium become abnormal and divide, invading and damaging nearby tissues and organs. Mesothelioma typically begins in the pleura or peritoneum.
- What is the mesothelium? A protective sac that covers most of the body’s internal organs. Composed of two layers of cells, one layer surrounds the organ and the other forms a sac around it.
- Why is mesothelioma considered rare? Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 new cases or mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year, as opposed to the estimated 233,000 new cases of breast cancer per year. Mesothelioma is also considered a rare form of cancer because it is typically only seen in those that were exposed to asbestos.
- What are the symptoms of mesothelioma? Typical symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath, weight loss, fluid buildup, anemia, and chronic pain.
- How long does it take for mesothelioma to develop after exposure to asbestos? Mesothelioma has a latency period of anywhere from 10 to 50 years after first exposure.
- How do doctors diagnose mesothelioma? Mesothelioma can be diagnosed through a series of imaging, blood tests and biopsies.
- How is mesothelioma treated? Depending on the stage, mesothelioma can be treated through radiaton, surgery and chemotherapy.
- Is mesothelioma curable? Like most cancers, mesothelioma is not curable.
- Am I able to file a claim if I was diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure? You may very well be. Contact our lawyers today and we will discuss the details of your case.