Welcome to our site on mesothelioma patient information. The following is a simple overview of mesothelioma to provide a basic understanding of the disease.
Mesothelioma starts when cells of the mesothelium (a thin tissue layer that protects internal organs) become abnormal. These cells will then divide without any set order. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that can spread very quickly throughout the body. Mesothelioma is also known as the “asbestos cancer” since it is an asbestos-related disease.
There are three different types of mesothelioma, each with their own list of symptoms. If you have been exposed to asbestos and are experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, persistent coughing, weight loss, or general fatigue, you should look seek out help for additional mesothelioma patient information from a physician.
Diagnosing whether or not you have mesothelioma can be tricky since the symptoms you are experiencing are similar to those symptoms of many other health conditions. In order to determine if you have mesothelioma, the doctor will give you a complete physical examination (this may include x-rays, CT scan, or MRI) and analyze your medical history. Part of this process also includes a biopsy of the area or areas that are thought to have the abnormal cells. Keep in mind that there are other procedures that your physician may need to perform.
If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, the treatment will depend on how far the disease has progressed, its location, your age and your general health. The treatments available can include surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy. There are also certain procedures and/or medication available to treat some of the symptoms you may be experiencing.
After reading through the above mesothelioma patient information, you may suspect that you have some serious health issues. The best steps to take are to see a doctor immediately and to contact an attorney who can explain your rights as well as advise you on what your next step should be, as there could be significant liability attached to those responsible for exposing you to asbestos. Contact an attorney today while there is still time to pursue a claim.