Epithelial mesothelioma is a stealthy disease that doesn’t present itself until 20 or more years after exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. It attacks specific parts of the body including the lining of the chest, lungs, heart and abdomen and causes fluid build-up that puts pressure on the interior organs. The effects of this type of internal fluid build-up can range from shortness of breath and episodes of coughing to feelings of listlessness and loss of energy. If the disease is caught in the early stages, surgical measures can be taken to reduce the symptoms and give the sufferer a much better future prognosis.
There are three different forms of epithelial mesothelioma – pleural, peritoneal and pericardial. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common. It affects the lining of the lungs and other major organs in the midsection including the liver, pancreas, gall bladder, spleen and kidneys. Peritoneal mesothelioma forms lower down in the body in the area of the intestines.
Because of the location, symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are not usually apparent until the latter stages. Pericardial mesothelioma is the rarest form of epithelial mesothelioma, affecting the lining of the heart. Chest pain, heart palpitations, and extreme fatigue are the most common symptoms of this form.
What Can You Do If You Are Diagnosed with Epithelial Mesothelioma?
If you are diagnosed with a form of epithelial mesothelioma there are several treatment options to improve your quality of life. A Pluerectomy or Decortication treatment combined with radiation or chemotherapy is the most common approach to treating pleural mesothelioma in its early stages. This procedure involves removing the entire pleura and pericardium and any areas that show signs of cancerous tissue in the area.
The peritoneum cannot be completely removed so treatments for peritoneal mesothelioma usually consist of cytroreductive surgery to remove pockets of cancerous tissue before it can spread. This is also often coupled with chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Pericardial mesothelioma is showing the greatest advancements in therapy at the current time. The pericardium is often removed or Angiogenesis and Anti-angiogenesis drugs, immunotherapy and gene therapy may be tried. Phototherapy has also been reported as a potential treatment.
These procedures and treatments are extremely expensive and out of the reach of most working class citizens and retirees. This is why it is important to contact a lawyer that specializes in mesothelioma law. The sooner you get in touch with a lawyer, the sooner a case can be filed and you can get the compensation you need to cover your medical bills.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with epithelial mesothelioma you have the right to receive the best treatment available. Bergman Draper Oslund law firm specializes in asbestos related cases, having won over $700 million for our clients. Our professional team will fight for you and get you compensation for all medical costs, loss of income, and pain and suffering. Call us today for a no-obligation consultation. We can be reached at 206-957-9510 or toll free at 888-647-6007.