Lung mesothelioma is better known by its medical diagnostic name, pleural mesothelioma. It is the most common type of mesothelioma, accounting for almost three-quarters of the 2,000 to 3,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. With this being the case, there are several important facts you should know about it including what the symptoms are, who is likely to be diagnosed with it, and how it is treated once you have been diagnosed.
• Shortness of breath
• Difficulty swallowing
• Persistent chest pain
• Dry cough
• Night sweats
• Weight loss
Not all people that are diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma will show these symptoms. In fact, in 3 to 4 percent of all cases are asymptomatic. Chest pain and shortness of breath present in almost two-thirds of all cases. Fever and weight loss are also present in one-third of diagnosed cases.
Who Is At Risk for Pleural Mesothelioma
People, who are exposed to airborne asbestos fibers, even for a short period of time, may be at risk to develop mesothelioma. The higher the dosage and exposure period is the more likely mesothelioma will present.
• 70 to 80 percent of all reported cases were determined to be due to workplace exposure.
• Family members of people who work with mesothelioma and people who live with them are more likely to develop mesothelioma than those who do not.
• The incidence of pleural mesothelioma has increased over 50 percent since 1977 and the trend is not expected to stop for 20 to 30 more years.
• Men are diagnosed with mesothelioma more than five times as often as women.
• Mesothelioma does not present right away. Symptoms rarely appear before the age of 55 and over three-quarters of all cases are diagnosed after age 65.
• The most common occupations associated with asbestos exposure include: asbestos mining, auto mechanics, boiler workers, cement plant workers, construction workers, firefighters, insulators, paper mill workers, power plant workers, shipyard workers, blacksmiths, carpenters, electricians, HVAC workers, oil refinery workers, plumbers, railroad workers, and plumbers.
What Are the Common Lung Mesothelioma Treatments?
Because diagnosis usually occurs in the later stages of mesothelioma, treatments are quite aggressive. They typically consist of multiple surgeries, coupled with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. On the surgical level, treatments include a complete removal of the lining around the lungs and heart to control the spread of the mesothelioma tumors. In extreme cases, a lung and the diaphragm may also be partially or fully removed. The pericardium and diaphragm are then reconstructed with prosthetics.
In the newest treatments, intra-operative chemotherapy is also used. This allows the surgeon to target specific tumor areas that would be otherwise unreachable without a full spectrum chemo treatment. If you are too weak to undergo chemotherapy, your doctors may consider targeted radiation treatments.
These treatments are expensive and often exceed the amount of insurance that sufferers have. This is why it is extremely important to contact a mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you contact a specialized mesothelioma law firm like Bergman Draper Oslund, the sooner we can start your case and remove the financial burden from you and your family so you can focus on the more important task of tending to your health.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with lung mesothelioma, call our experienced asbestos litigation firm today, to discuss your options. Bergman Draper Oslund has decades of experience helping mesothelioma victims receive the compensation they deserve. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.