Pleural mesothelioma is a rare form
of cancer and it's really difficult to treat. Its only known cause
is exposure to asbestos (a minerals found in nature that have been
employed for many purposes over the years). Pleural mesothelioma
affects the pleura lining in the chest cavity outside the lungs.
Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma often appear 20 to 40 years after
exposure to asbestos, although they may manifest as soon as ten
years following exposure. Pleural mesothelioma victims tend to be
males between the ages of 50 to 70.
Pleural mesothelioma initially appear like a common cold or other
minor respiratory infection, making the diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma
difficult in the early stages. Shortness of breath, chest pain,
coughing, and occasionally a fever or weight loss are all early
symptoms of pleural mesothelioma. As the condition worsens, the
symptoms become more acute. Pain in the abdomen, severe cough and
shortness of breath are more sevre. If pleural mesothelioma is suspected,
the physician will can order X-rays or a CT scan. If the chest images
show possible tumors, a confirmation of pleural mesothelioma can
be obtained through a procedure known as thoracoscopy, where a small
instrument is inserted into the chest cavity to look for tumors.
If the pleural mesothelioma has caused fluid to build up in the
pleurum, an additional procedure known as a throacentesis may be
conducted at the same time. A throacentesis allows the doctor to
drain the fluid from the pleurum of a pleural mesothelioma patient,
aiding in diagnosis and alleviating symptoms such as restricted
If a diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma is reached, the next step
is to "stage" the cancer(a procedure used by doctors to determine
the severity of the cancer) and determine the level of treatment,
if any is possible. The least invasive case of pleural mesothelioma
is the Stage I. It has the best chance for positive response to
treatment. Pleural mesothelioma in Stages II-V is considered advanced
and typically is inoperable. Most pleural mesothelioma cases are
not discovered until they have moved into later stages.
Surgery is the first option for treatment of pleural mesothelioma
Palliative surgery, which is made to relieve the painful symptoms
of pleural mesothelioma; buildup of fluids or tumor growth.
Aggressive surgery, to remove as much as possible of the tumor and
attempt a cure.
Due to their advanced age and late diagnosis, patient with pleural
mesothelioma usually are only eligible for palliative surgery, which
is designed to make the patient as comfortable as possible without
attempting to cure the cancer. Pleural mesothelioma is extremely
difficult to operate. Odds are low for a successful removal of all
of the cancer. If there is an attempt to cure pleural mesothelioma,
surgery is usually combined with radiology, chemotherapy, or both.
The survival rate for victims of pleural mesothelioma is very low.
Treatments are constantly improving, and patients diagnosed with
pleural mesothelioma should not give up hope. New technologies and
treatments hold great promise. Because asbestos exposure have been
proven to cause pleural mesothelioma, patients diagnosed with this
disease may be eligible for medical benefits and other expenses
associated with pleural mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma victims
and their familly should talk to an attorney who has experience
representing persons affected by pleural mesothelioma to learn more
about the civil laws regulating such cases.
Short life expectancy and a 100% mortality rate (according to the
latest medical research data). Once a diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma
have been made, a person and his or her family need to move to view
the therapy options. In the event that your family member qualifies
for inclusion in a current class action mesothelioma
lawsuit, you will need to contact a qualified mesothelioma
lawyer specialized in Mesothelioma