Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that develops in the lining of large internal organs. It is caused by exposure to asbestos. Because asbestos fibres are tiny, they become lodged in the wall organs internal and, over time, lead to the growth of cancerous tumours. The time period between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cancer onset may be several decades, is why many people fail to recognize the early symptoms of the disease. Unfortunately, this leads to a delayed diagnosis of mesothelioma, which in turn reduces the life expectancy of the patient.
Patients often develop mesotheliomas were exposed to asbestos in their place of work, such as the marine shipyards and construction sites. Repeated exposure to asbestos means that they inhaled millions of tiny asbestos fibres which have remained in their body. The three bodies most often affected by Mesothelioma are the lungs, heart and stomach.
Lungs: Pleural mesothelioma
The most common form of mesothelioma, known as pleural mesothelioma, affects the lungs. The disease results when the inhalation of asbestos fibers become deposited in the lining that surrounds the lungs and cause the growth of cancer cells around them. This process causes the lining of the lungs to fill with fluid, which interferes with respiration and causes pain in the chest. At this stage, pleural mesothelioma patients more notice that something is wrong and seek the assistance of a doctor.
Stomach: Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Asbestos fibers can also become lodged in the wall around the stomach. This type of mesothelioma, which is called Peritoneal Mesothelioma, occurs when a person eats food covered with asbestos fibres microscopic. The fibrous material remains in the stomach lining for a long time (20-50 years) before that encourages the growth of cancer cells. Peritoneal Mesothelioma is much more rare than pleural mesothelioma, accounting for about 10-20% of all mesothelioma cases.
Heart: Pericardial mesothelioma.
Tiny asbestos fibres can also become lodged in the wall of the heart, where they can cause cancer. This form of mesothelioma is called pericardial mesothelioma. It is a very rare type of mesothelioma, accounting for approximately 10 per cent of all cases of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma: Medical and legal considerations
The treatment of all forms of mesothelioma is similar and typically involves a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. While aggressively administered mesothelioma treatment may slow the spread of the disease, can seldom heal. This is because most mesothelioma cancers are discovered at a late stage, when treatment is less effective.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or your loved one died of this disease, competent Mesothelioma lawyer can help you organize those responsible for your responsible for suffering of your medical expenses, the physical and psychological pain and decrease in the quality of life.
Contact a lawyer today if you are a victim of exposure to asbestos which was diagnosed mesothelioma cancer.