Shock, disbelief, anger, helplessness. You will confront at least one, if not all of these emotions when first learning of your own mesothelioma diagnosis or that of someone you love. 1-800-LAW-FIRM understands the life-altering consequences and suffering a diagnosis of mesothelioma causes, not only for the patient, but for their family as well.
We’ve learned from those who endured the complexities of a mesothelioma diagnosis what knowledge and tools they wish they had when they first received the news. This resource center is the outcome of their invaluable input and recommendations.
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive cancer that affects the cells of the mesothelium tissue that lines several body cavities and most often affects the lungs, abdomen and heart.
There are four types of Mesothelioma:
The most common types are pleural and peritoneal and they represent approximately 90% of all mesothelioma diagnoses. Pleural is the most common form and it attacks the lining of the lungs. Peritoneal is the second most common and it develops in the peritoneal membrane that lines the cavity of the abdomen.
Asbestos, a known carcinogen and naturally occurring mineral, is the exposure culprit that breeds this disease. At one time, asbestos was revered for its heat resistance, versatility and insulating capabilities. It was once widely used in home and commercial construction. Today, asbestos is known for being highly toxic and responsible for the cause of mesothelioma. The use of asbestos is banned in over 50 countries, but not in the United States.
Prolonged exposure to asbestos in the workplace is the most common factor that most Mesothelioma patients share.
High-risk occupations include:
It is important to keep in mind that the symptoms for each type of mesothelioma vary widely, but we have highlighted some of the most common symptoms for the two main types of mesothelioma.
Pleural (lungs) Symptoms Include:
Peritoneal (abdominal) Symptoms Include:
It is recommended to consult with a medical professional to determine the optimal treatment options for individual patients. Options depend on many different factors including the stage of mesothelioma, the type and the age of the patient.
Pleural Treatment Options Include:
Peritoneal Treatment Options Include:
The prognosis varies for everyone. However, there are influencing factors that can significantly impact the hypothesis of how many years a patient may have remaining.
Elements Affecting Life Expectancy Include:
If the prognosis is less than ideal for the patient, it is time to understand their desires for how they would like to be treated during and after their life's journey. The Five Wishes Living Will gives the patient control and enables them to pass from this life with dignity and with the knowledge that their loved ones understand their final requests. Five Wishes gives mesothelioma patients an avenue to communicate the things that matter:
1. The kind of medical treatment they would like or not like 2. How comfortable they want to be 3. How they want to be treated 4. Who can make decisions for them when they are no longer able 5. What they want their family to know and understand
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