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How Effective Are Medical Treatments for Mesothelioma?

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Many people are aware that asbestos can be dangerous. Unfortunately, the effects of asbestos exposure may not become known until decades after the exposure occurred. Mesothelioma is one of the most serious issues that can be caused by the inhalation of asbestos, and this form of cancer can be very difficult to treat. Patients who are diagnosed with mesothelioma will want to understand the potential treatments that may be available, their prognosis and life expectancy, and whether they can take legal action to address the circumstances that led to their asbestos exposure.

Types of Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the lining of cavities in the chest and abdomen. This condition will often occur because a person has inhaled asbestos particles that have become lodged in the lungs or entered the bloodstream. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma, and it will affect the lining around the lungs. Other types of mesothelioma include peritoneal mesothelioma that occurs in the lining around the abdominal cavity or pericardial mesothelioma that affects the lining around the heart.

Multiple forms of treatment for mesothelioma may be available. Surgery may be used to remove cancerous tissue in the lining around the lungs, abdomen, or heart, and in some cases, a lung may need to be amputated, and other surrounding tissue may also need to be removed. In many cases, surgery will not be able to fully remove cancerous tissue, and other treatments may be used to kill cancer cells, including chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Other forms of treatment may include draining fluid that has built up in the chest or abdomen or implanting shunts or catheters to prevent the future buildup of fluid.

Unfortunately, a person may not begin experiencing symptoms related to mesothelioma until decades after they were initially exposed to asbestos. Since mesothelioma can be difficult to detect, a person may not be diagnosed with this condition until it has progressed to a later stage and affected multiple parts of the body. While the procedures described above may be able to address some of the issues related to mesothelioma, they will often not be able to prevent serious health issues. The life expectancy for a person who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma is usually between four and 18 months, and only 10 percent of patients live for longer than five years. In many cases, the best forms of treatment involve palliative care meant to help a person address pain and maintain as much comfort as possible throughout the remainder of their life.

Contact Our Illinois Asbestos Injury Lawyers

Around 80 percent of mesothelioma cases are related to asbestos exposure. Those who have experienced these types of health conditions will want to understand who was responsible, and they and their families may be able to take legal action to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered. To learn how we can help you determine your legal options in these cases, contact our Illinois mesothelioma attorneys at 866-553-9812 and schedule a free consultation.

Sources:
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/malignant-mesothelioma/treating/by-extent.html
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mesothelioma/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20375028
https://www.pennmedicine.org/cancer/types-of-cancer/mesothelioma/prognosis

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