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Mesothelioma—an aggressive form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure—is difficult to detect in its early stages because it typically takes decades for symptoms to become evident, and those symptoms are shared with many more common medical conditions. Once it is identified, however, patients must submit to rigorous treatment to fight the progression of the disease and maintain their quality of life.
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Mesothelioma often goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed early because patients may attribute symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever, coughing and chest pain to other ailments, such as the flu. Similarly, without knowledge of a patient’s history of asbestos exposure, a physician may not associate these symptoms with the possibility of mesothelioma.
Other common mesothelioma symptoms include:
- Coughing up blood
- Abdominal or back pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Lumps under the skin in the affected area (generally the chest or abdomen)
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loss of appetite
- Sudden weight loss
- Night sweats
If you suffer from these symptoms and you worked with or around asbestos, or if you experience these symptoms and you are the family member of someone who had regular contact with asbestos, it’s important to undergo a medical evaluation and alert your doctor about your exposure to asbestos.
Actual diagnosis of mesothelioma is determined with a tissue biopsy, although doctors employ various techniques to rule out other medical conditions and determine the location and extent of the cancer when mesothelioma is present.
Assessment for mesothelioma typically begins much like standard medical evaluations. Your general physician or oncologist will review your medical history, discuss your occupational exposure or second-hand exposure to asbestos, and conduct a thorough physical examination.
This will be followed with other diagnostic procedures that may include a blood test to check your levels of osteopontin and soluble mesothelin-related peptides (SMRPs). Osteopontin is a type of protein that is most prominent in bones and teeth, and SMRPs are types of molecules that can bond to amino acids; elevated levels of osteopontin and SMRPs are common among mesothelioma victims.
Your doctor may also conduct pulmonary testing to evaluate your lung function, as well as employ X-rays, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) to pinpoint the presence of tumors and fluid accumulation. Depending on the type of physician who conducted your diagnosis, you may be referred to an oncologist who specializes in mesothelioma for further testing and treatment.
After mesothelioma diagnosis, your oncologist will determine the stage of the cancer and recommend a mesothelioma treatment plan, which is important to review with your family and caregivers. Like other cancers, mesothelioma is generally categorized by stages ranging from I to IV; stage I is localized to a single part of the body, while stage IV is considered advanced and extensively spread.
Although there is no cure for mesothelioma, there are treatments that can extend and improve patients’ lives. The best treatment for you will depend on a number of factors, including the stage of mesothelioma, your age, and your general health. Treatment may include a combination of the surgical removal of tumors, chemotherapy, radiation, and medication.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, it can be possible to pursue and secure compensation. Use our online form to request a free case evaluation with us today.