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Malignant Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the abdomen, lining of lungs, heart and major organs of the body. Mesothelioma cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos through the ingestion or inhaling of toxic microscopic asbestos fibers.  


Once Inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers get lodged in body tissue causing inflammation which leads to the development of Mesothelioma cancer. These microscopic asbestos fibers can lay dormant in your body for 10-50 years.    


Asbestos manufacturing companies knew of the deadly effects of asbestos exposure as far back as 1924 when the first Mesothelioma case was recorded in medical journals.     


Asbestos manufacturers also knew as far back as the early 1960’s that secondhand asbestos exposure to the families of workers could also cause Mesothelioma.

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What Are Mesothelioma Symptoms?

Mesothelioma Symptoms Can Include:   


Abdominal Pain & Swelling  

Bowel Obstruction  

Blood Clotting 

Chest  Pain Under Rib Cage  

Chronic Cough (Can be Wet or Dry cough)  

Difficulty Breathing  

Difficulty Swallowing  

Fluid in the Lungs  

Lumps of Tissue in the Abdomen

 Painful When Coughing  

Shortness of Breath  

Unexplained 

Weight Loss 


Quick Facts About Mesothelioma Treatment 


Epithelioid Mesothelioma cell type is the most responsive to Mesothelioma treatments. 


Mesothelioma tumors are most likely to develop in the lining surrounding a patients lungs or abdomen.    


Mesothelioma Treatment is based on a patients specific type of Mesothelioma including the microscopic cells that make up the cancer.


The average life expectancy for a malignant Mesothelioma patient is 6-18 months from date of diagnosis (American Thoracic Society and the British Thoracic Society).    


The statue of limitations for filing an a asbestos claim starts when a person is diagnosed, not when they were exposed.


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How is Mesothelioma Diagnosed?

Mesothelioma is usually diagnosed after a person goes to their doctor about symptoms they are having. Diagnosing Mesothelioma at an early stage is important to having the best outcome possible with treatment.  

Since Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer it is important for patients to be examined by a doctor who specializes in Mesothelioma cancer.

   

Mesothelioma is often misdiagnosed as bronchitis, pnuemonia, and COPD in its early stages (1-2). If you have a history of asbestos exposure you should see a doctor once a year to get tested.

Mesothelioma Diagnostic Methods

Blood Tests (Tumor  Markers)    
Chest X-Ray    
CT Scan (Computed Tomography)
Echocardiogram    
Endoscopic Biopsies    
Imaging Tests    
Immunohistochemistry (IHC) Laparoscopy    
Mediastinoscopy    
Medical History and Physical Exam
MRI Scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)    
Needle Biopsies    
Open Surgical Biopsy    
PET Scan (Positron Emission Tomography)    
Pleuroscopy    
Pulmonary Function Tests    
Removing Fluid for testing    
Test of Tissue Samples    
Tests of Fluid Samples    
Thoracoscopy  

Types of Mesothelioma

Pleural Mesothelioma [Lungs]
Peritoneal Mesothelioma [Abdomen
Pericardial Mesothelioma [Heart]
Abdominal Mesothelioma
Biphasic Mesothelioma
Epithelial malignant Mesothelioma
Chrysotile Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Malignant Mesothelioma 

Cystic Mesothelioma
Testicular Mesothelioma    


There are about 3500 Mesothelioma cancer cases diagnosed in the U. S. each year. 

Mesothelioma Stages 1-4

After a patient is diagnosed with malignant Mesothelioma cancer, doctors will assign what is called Staging, to determine the best treatment options.   


Mesothelioma Cancer Stages 1-4


Mesothelioma Stage 1 – Mesothelioma tumors are found in the pleura area of the lung, pericardium (heart lining)  or diaphragm.  


Mesothelioma Stage 2 - Mesothelioma tumors are found in the lining of the lungs and may involve lymph nodes in the chest area.   


Mesothelioma Stage 3 - Mesothelioma tumors have extended into the chest cavity, ribs, heart or into the abdominal lining.   


Mesothelioma Stage 4 - Mesothelioma tumors have spread through the bloodstream into other parts of the body.

Mesothelioma Life Expectancy

Mesothelioma Life expectancy is typically measured in months. The median life expectancy for Mesothelioma Cancer patients is 12 to 21 months.  There are documented patients with longer survival times. There are documented patients that have lived 10-15 years after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma.    


Mesothelioma life expectancy also varies with cell type, tumor location, years of asbestos exposure and the type of treatments.   


Mesothelioma Life Expectancy Based on Stages 1-4 


Stage 1 — 21 months 

Stage 2 — 19 months 

Stage 3 — 16 months 

Stage 4 — 12 months

Who is Eligible for Asbestos Trust Funds?

More than 15,000 Americans Will Be Diagnosed With an Asbestos Disease Each Year.   


If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation if you can show that you have developed Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure from your military service.       


Our Mesothelioma lawyers will come to you and gather all the information needed to file your Mesothelioma lawsuit. Many of our clients never have to leave the comfort of their home to receive compensation for asbestos exposure.   


Who is Eligible For Asbestos Trust Funds?   


Asbestos manufacturers of products and materials have admitted fault and set up trust funds to compensate workers for their asbestos exposure.   


There is more than 30 billion dollars in asbestos trust funds for patients diagnosed with Mesothelioma cancer, asbestos lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. If you know someone who has Mesothelioma, contact us to learn more about your legal rights for asbestos compensation.   


Workers diagnosed with Mesothelioma have legal rights and may be eligible to recover compensation from negligent asbestos companies and asbestos trust funds.   

Get a free consultation from an experienced Mesothelioma lawyer to know if you have a valid legal claim today.

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  25 Million People are at Risk for Developing Mesothelioma!  

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   70-80% of people who develop Mesothelioma have worked on job sites!   

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   3,000 Asbestos containing products were used in the U.S.   

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   Asbestos companies have paid claimants more than $18 billion since the late 1980s.   

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   There are 21.5 million living veterans that served in the U. S. military forces.   

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   Asbestos Companies have put 25 Million People at Risk for Mesothelioma!   

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    Mesothelioma primarily occurs in Veterans between the ages of 55-75.

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   Pleural Mesothelioma (lungs) accounts for 70-90% of all Mesothelioma patients.   

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3 main treatments for Mesothelioma are surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.   

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Nearly 1 in 4 Diagnosed Mesothelioma Cases Each Year are Women.

Mesothelioma Survival Rate

Mesothelioma Survival Rates

The average life expectancy is 12-21 months after a Mesothelioma diagnosis.  

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   There is about 15,000 Asbestos-related cancers diagnosed each year in U. S.  

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