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Mesothelioma Treatment




 Every year, nearly 10,000 American persons with asbestos-related illnesses succumb to their illness. Many of these 10,000 deaths are caused by mesothelioma, a life-threatening type of cancer only caused by exposure to asbestos. Although doctors typically classify mesothelioma as a rare disease, a staggering number of Americans die each year from the disease. In fact, researchers estimate that one fifth of all asbestos-related deaths in the United States are caused by mesothelioma. This is 2,000 mesothelioma deaths per year in the United States alone, and for each mesothelioma patient who dies, at least one person will be diagnosed with mesothelioma, as 2,500 to 4,000 American patients are newly diagnosed as suffering from mesothelioma each year.

Persons of any age—from very young children to middle-aged parent and senior grandparents—can develop malignant mesothelioma, but most newly diagnosed mesothelioma patients are quite old, because a person with a developing case of mesothelioma may live for many decades with no symptoms or other obvious signs of serious illness. While this may seem like a blessing to some, it is decidedly a curse, as the long latency period associated with the disease presents a serious challenge to doctors who wish to treat mesothelioma patients. By the time a person with mesothelioma begins to show symptoms of the disease, they might be in their 70s or 80s and already living with a disease in its latest stages of development. When this is the case, the patient usually doesn’t have very long to live. Sadly, most newly diagnosed patients die within 18 months of their initial diagnosis, before they have had an opportunity to utilize the array of treatment options available.

To reverse this horrific trend, it is vital that individuals who have been exposed to asbestos seek a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If you notice the onset of mesothelioma symptoms, take immediate action, as these symptoms may indicate a growing illness. If you take immediate action and catch mesothelioma in its early stages, doctors may be able to offer you a number of treatment options that will increase your chances of a healthy recovery. While mesothelioma prognoses may vary from patient to patient, the number one factor essential to a full recovery is early detection of the mesothelioma illness.

In the very earliest stages of pleural mesothelioma, the malignant mesothelioma growths are generally restricted to one part of the chest lining. At this stage, the tumor has not yet spread to the outermost lining of the chest, nor has it yet begun to affect the lymph nodes, traveled into the abdomen, or entered the bloodstream. In this early stage, with the cancer on one side of the chest and restricted to one layer of tissue, doctors may be able to treat the mesothelioma cancer with surgery, removing the affected part of the chest lining and some of the surrounding tissue. If the malignant mesothelioma is localized to the chest, but has spread from the point of origin, doctors may perform surgery in addition to radiation therapy, anticancer drugs, chemotherapy, and other methods of mesothelioma treatment.

In the later stages of mesothelioma disease, when the cancer has spread from the point of origin to other regions of the body, doctors may utilize a number of time-tested treatment methods. The aforementioned methods—reductive surgery, radiation therapy, anticancer drugs, and chemotherapy—may be used to rid the body of mesothelioma cancer, and other methods may be used to reduce pain, such as surgery to drain fluids from the lungs. In the case of recurring mesothelioma disease, doctors may conduct trial procedures— such as the use of trial biologic therapy, trial chemotherapy, and trial surgery—as a last ditch effort to rid the body of the malignant mesothelioma tumors. Clinical trials can help current patients and provide invaluable information about treatment that can benefit future generations of cancer sufferers.

If you believe that you have ever been exposed to asbestos, or if you present symptoms of mesothelioma, you should seek the advice of a trusted physician and a knowledgeable asbestos lawyer. An experienced lawyer can help you to fight for the justice you deserve. Many persons exposed to asbestos find that exposure is just the beginning of an uphill battle that can last a lifetime. Too many innocent people are struck down by this terrible disease, unprepared for a life-altering mesothelioma diagnosis that comes too late for efficacious treatment, many decades after initial exposure. Mesothelioma patients need someone to fight on their side, a lawyer who will work to get them the compensation they need, so they can proceed with treatments that may be vital to their survival. Please, if you think you have been exposed to asbestos, take action today, while there is time. Fight back against the asbestos industry that put your health in peril.


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