Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer for which there is currently no known cure. Most often, it affects the thin layer of tissue that surrounds the lungs, but can also affect the tissue surrounding the heart, abdomen, and testicles. Asbestos exposure is the single most important contributing factor in developing Mesothelioma, and as with other types of asbestos-related illnesses, it can often take in excess of 30 to 40 years after the actual exposure to develop.
As mesothelioma spreads throughout the chest, increasingly intense pressure is put on the lungs. This manifests in symptoms such as general chest pain, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, swelling of the neck and face, and accumulation of fluid in the chest.
Diagnosis of mesothelioma is initially similar to that used for other types of respiratory illnesses, and generally includes a chest X-ray and CT scan. To confirm a suspected case of mesothelioma, a biopsy of a small segment of the affected tissue is also necessary. Because an accurate diagnosis can be difficult, most patients will already be suffering from an advanced stage of mesothelioma by the time it is identified. At this point, effective treatment is often not possible. In cases where mesothelioma is diagnosed at an earlier stage, treatments may include various types of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and medication.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you likely have many questions. What does this mean? What caused this disease? What can we do to help cover the costs of treatment? How can I hold those accountable for the injuries they caused? The Houston and San Antonio, Texas Mesothelioma Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm are here to answer your questions and help you with your asbestos injury related questions. Call today for a free consultation.