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Which Mesothelioma Tests Should I Take Before I Decide on Treatment?

Legally Reviewed by Joseph P. Williams on June 11, 2023

If you have been exposed to asbestos in your home or at work, you may be at risk for mesothelioma, a rare and serious form of cancer that occurs when someone inhales asbestos fibers. This disease typically affects the tissue lining the internal organs and requires extensive treatment. Therefore, if you suspect you have been exposed to asbestos, see your doctor immediately. They will conduct tests and examinations to determine what is causing your symptoms and develop a treatment plan.

At The Williams Law Firm, P.C., we understand it can be challenging to know where to start if you experience mesothelioma symptoms. Fortunately, you don’t have to go through the process alone. We are here to support and guide you every step of the way, including helping you understand the medical side of your diagnosis in addition to the legal one. With our years of experience, proven track record of winning every case, and extensive knowledge, you can have a less stressful experience and make confident decisions about your future.

5 Tests to Take Before Deciding on Mesothelioma Treatment

When you see your doctor about asbestos exposure or mesothelioma symptoms, they may run several tests to get a better idea about the root cause of the problem and how to treat it. Potential testing your doctor may suggest include the following:

Physical Exam

Your doctor will want to discuss your medical history and conduct a physical exam to learn more about your condition and risk factors, like your job, other conditions, or smoking. During the exam, your provider can look further into your symptoms and see if you have any built-up fluid in your lungs, chest, abdomen, or sac around your heart. Depending on what your doctor finds during this exam, they may order more testing.


Image testing allows doctors to get a closer look at areas that may be cancer, where it has spread, and see if treatment is working. Types of image testing include the following:

  • Chest X-ray: This is often the first test doctors run to look for symptoms that point to mesothelioma.
  • CT scan: These tests help identify the exact location of the mesothelioma, its stage, and if it has spread to other organs.
  • Echocardiogram: This is an ultrasound of the heart that determines if you have fluid around the area. 
  • PET scan: Pictures from this testing can help determine if the thickening around the affected area is scar tissue or cancer and see if cancer appears in any other parts of the body.
  • MRI scan: These scans provide detailed images of the body’s soft tissue and can be helpful for looking closely at the diaphragm. 

Your doctor may order some or all of these image tests to get a close and detailed view of the potential mesothelioma site. This way, they can accurately diagnose and treat the condition.

Blood Tests

While mesothelioma cannot be diagnosed with only blood tests, those with the condition often have higher levels of FIbulin-3 and soluble mesothelin-related peptides (SMRPs). 

Fluid and Tissue Tests

Another test your doctor may recommend is a biopsy, which involves removing cells from the affected area and closely examining them. This procedure typically involves an endoscope, a thin instrument with a light and camera at the end to examine the inside of the body. Once the doctor removes the fluid or tissue, they look at the sample under a microscope to see if they are cancerous.

Pulmonary Function Tests

If you receive a mesothelioma diagnosis, your doctor may conduct pulmonary function testing to see how well your lungs work. The results of these tests can determine if your lungs are healthy enough for surgery, if that is an option for treatment.

Consult a Knowledgeable New York Mesothelioma Lawyer at The Williams Law Firm, P.C.

The aftermath of being exposed to asbestos can be overwhelming, with doctor’s appointments, testing, and dealing with the legal aspects. Your health and recovery should be your top priority instead of worrying about filing a claim. With our dedicated lawyers at The Williams Law Firm, P.C. by your side, you can focus on healing while we manage every aspect of your claim, including negotiation and litigation if necessary.

Joseph P. Williams has 30 years of experience working on all types of complex mesothelioma claims. He will meet with you in your home to listen to your story and determine the best path to achieve the compensation you deserve. We also take a personalized approach and develop a unique legal plan based on your needs and circumstances. We will fight for you. To schedule your free consultation, call us at (866) 395-8141 or fill out our contact form.

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