Mesothelioma is a very aggressive cancer and out of the asbestos-related diseases, malignant mesothelioma is the most serious. Risk factors and the primary cause for mesothelioma is the exposure to asbestos.
Types of Mesothelioma
- Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of malignant mesothelioma, attacking the lungs (thoracic cavity).
- Pericardial mesothelioma is the least common type of malignant mesothelioma, attacking the heart sac.
- Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common type of malignant mesothelioma, attacking the stomach (abdominal cavity).
Asbestos litigation in the United States is regarded as the longest and most costly mass tort in history. Legal analysts have calculated that there are more than 600 thousand plaintiffs, more than six thousand defendants, and that the total outlay (amount spent) for the lawsuits could reach $200 billion dollars.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer, but advances in treatment has increased the life expectancy of what used to be measured in months, to now years after receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma. While there is no cure for this asbestos-related cancer, curative treatment plans are in place as long as the disease is found and diagnosed early enough and the medical care is specialized. Since mesothelioma is such a complicated disease, and almost always diagnosed in advanced stages since it takes decades to develop, the treatment for it needs to be tailored to exactly what your body needs, which means factoring in the cancer stage and type, as well as your health, your age, and how aggressive you want your treatment to be.
The types of treatment for mesothelioma cancers depend on the diagnosis. Treatments for mesothelioma are broken down into two categories, which are curative and palliative. Curative options, like surgery, aims to remove the cancer from your body. If the tumors do not metastasize, the surgical option is for you. Other curative treatments include different chemotherapy regimens as well as diverse radiation treatments. The purpose of palliative treatments is to make you more comfortable as you live with the cancer. Palliative treatments are designed to evaluate and treat the pain and symptoms of mesothelioma, it does not treat the cancer itself, focusing on the patient and his/her quality of life. Since palliative treatments can be combined with other mesothelioma treatments, such as surgery and radiation therapy, it is flexible and can occur in many settings.
Once exposed to asbestos, it can take up to fifty (50) years for patients to start showing symptoms of mesothelioma, which is why construction workers, plant employees, ship builders, et cetera, who were exposed to asbestos in the 1960s and 1970s are only just coming forward now to seek the help from a mesothelioma lawyer.
The costs of mesothelioma can be overwhelming, which may include expensive treatments, loss of income if you cannot work while going through aggressive forms of therapy, and these treatments may or may not be covered by your healthcare insurance. This does not include the pain and suffering incurred by you and your family.
Asbestos-related mesothelioma is a preventable disease. If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos and are now suffering from mesothelioma, contact a lawyer experienced in mesothelioma lawsuits to help fight for any rightful compensation owed to you. Successful lawsuits result in much needed money to help reduce the financial hardship during mesothelioma cancer treatments and also can help provide a more stable future for your family.