July 23, 2012 – Malignant mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that is found in the body’s mesothelium – the thin layers of cells that line the body’s internal organs. Mesothelioma is most often found in the pleura, the lining of the lungs, may also attack the cells that line the abdomen and the heart. It is well known that exposure to asbestos and inhalation of asbestos particles causes mesothelioma, but many people may not be aware that they have been exposed to asbestos in their own home as well as in their workplace. Early diagnosis of the disease improves a person’s prognosis and treatment options but, unfortunately, mesothelioma symptoms often do not appear until many years after a person has been exposed to asbestos.
Some of the most common symptoms of mesothelioma include chest pain, difficulty breathing, recurring cough, weight loss, fever, night sweats, anemia, fever and swelling and pain in the abdomen.
Early detection and diagnosis of mesothelioma is difficult for three reasons:
***Mesothelioma has a long latency period, meaning that it may not develop for many years after exposure to asbestos;
***The symptoms are similar to many other diseases and types of cancer; and
***Symptoms may not even be present when your doctor makes a diagnosis.
Although there is no early detection test for mesothelioma, there are several tests that can be used to help in making a diagnosis. The first step to diagnosis of mesothelioma includes a thorough physical exam along with a complete medical history that includes questions regarding asbestos exposure. A chest x-ray, CT scan, MRI or PET scan may be used to produce images that detect abnormal changes to the mesothelial cells in the lungs, heart and abdomen. These tests may aid your doctor in differentiating mesothelioma tumors from other types of tumors. Your doctor may also need to draw fluid (aspirate) from the tumor to assist in the diagnosis.
Mesothelioma may finally be diagnosed by an examination of tumor tissue obtained from a biopsy or other surgical procedure. Tumor tissue will be surgically removed and examined under a microscope. A pathologist will then be able to make a definitive diagnosis of mesothelioma.
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If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos or have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you need the assistance of a team of experienced asbestos attorneys. You may have a legal right to sue those responsible for your injuries or the death of your loved one. The mesothelioma attorneys at the Shein Law will fight for your rights and help you pursue justice and the financial compensation you are entitled to under the law. Call us today toll free at 1-877-SHEINLAW (743-4652) and speak with an attorney who can assist you. You may also contact the Philadelphia mesothelioma attorneys at the Shein Law online today for your case review.