Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure many years before
the cancer develops. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with
Mesothelioma or asbestos cancer you may be entitled
to between One and Five Million Dollars from negligent companies
who have large funds available to compensate injured workers.
What Is Mesothelioma?
By Angela Cambourn
Mesothelioma the medical name for cancer of the pleura (the lining of the
lung and chest cavity) or cancer of the peritoneum (the lining of the
abdomen). It is usually caused by prolonged or persistent exposure to
Symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until between
twenty and fifty years after exposure, which explains why so many new cases
of this form of cancer are coming to light now, even though the dangers of
asbestos were realized long ago and measures taken to reduce the risk of the
As with many forms of cancer, the mesothelioma tumor can spread rapidly,
often infecting the opposite pleura, and continuing on to other internal
organs. Symptoms include a shortness of breath, chest pains, coughing, and
loss of weight.
Testing can be carried out initially by X-Ray, with a Thoric CT and open
lung biopsy being used to confirm the findings of the early tests. If it is
diagnosed early enough, the tumor can be surgically removed, and with
follow-up chemotherapy and radiation treatment, full recovery is often
However, in more advanced cases, cure is usually not possible. In such
cases, chemotherapy and radiation treatment can be used alongside other pain
relief treatments, to ease the symptoms. Where cure is not possible, the
average survival time is between four and eighteen months, depending on the
stage of the tumor and the general health of the patient.
About The Author:
Angela Cambourne owns and maintains the Mesothelioma Hub, an extensive
resource site. http://www.mesothelioma-hub.com.
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