Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer of the mesothelium (the protective lining of many of the body’s internal organs) that is diagnosed in about 2,000 Americans each year.
It affects more men than women, and the risk of developing mesothelioma increases with age.
Asbestos exposure is the primary risk factor for developing mesothelioma. It is caused by inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers. The three primary types of this cancer are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma, which affect the lining of the lungs, abdomen, and heart, respectively.
It can take decades following initial exposure to asbestos for it to manifest, and many patients haven’t been around asbestos for 30 or 40 years or more. People who have worked with asbestos are in the highest risk group, although environmental and secondary exposure can also cause mesothelioma.
Treatment for mesothelioma can be difficult, but there are several options, including: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, photodynamic therapy, gene therapy, anti-angiogenesis drugs, and alternative therapies. Patients may also want to consider their options for pain management and palliative care.
At Allen Stewart, P.C., we care about mesothelioma victims and their families. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with it, we’ve provided some helpful resources about the disease. Please browse our website for more information about mesothelioma, treatment, support, and legal issues or contact us below:
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Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a toxic mineral that came into wide use in the late 1800s and gained popularity for decades because it was a cheap and readily available insulator with its heat resistance and fireproofing properties. Because of this, it could be found in everything from construction materials to hair dryers and clothing. Go to Asbestos and Mesothelioma Section
Asbestos is everywhere, and nearly everyone is exposed to low levels during the course of a lifetime. While the specific amount of exposure that it takes to result in asbestos has not been determined, asbestos-related diseases are rare, and people who are casually exposed to asbestos present everywhere in nature do not generally get sick. The people at greatest risk for asbestos-related diseases are those who work in specific occupations or live with people in those occupations, were present at certain types of events, or live in highly contaminated areas close to asbestos-producing mines. Read more in Asbestos Exposure at Work section
No attorney can predict the result of a lawsuit. Factors that influence the case include the strength of the evidence, the defendant’s willingness to settle, the jury’s understanding of the facts, and the lawyer’s delivery and expertise. Here’s what you can expect when you file a mesothelioma lawsuit. Go to Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit Section
Mesothelioma can be financially devastating to a family. Care options can include multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, palliative care, pain management, and often round-the-clock nursing. Concern for a seriously ill loved one can override concern for the family’s bottom line, but the financial welfare of surviving family members is an important consideration. There are a number of steps you can take to deal with financial concerns when you or a family member is diagnosed with this deadly – and expensive – disease. Go to Financial Issues Section