Mesothelioma Caused by Asbestos Exposure in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Beyond
Pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma all necessitate prompt medical care — and legal attention
Mesothelioma is a rare, dangerous form of cancer that attacks the mesothelial cells surrounding the lungs or the abdomen, causing them to become cancerous and grow into a tumor. Mesothelioma has just one known cause: asbestos exposure. However, the latency period for the development of mesothelioma can be anywhere from 10 years to 70 years, which makes it difficult for individuals with mesothelioma to pinpoint exactly how they were directly or indirectly exposed to asbestos. This means that some individuals being diagnosed with asbestos now could have been exposed to the fiber as long ago as the 1940s, 1950s or 1960s.
Types of malignant mesothelioma
There are three main forms of mesothelioma:
- Pleural mesothelioma impacts the lining of the lungs and the inner rib cage. It is the most common form of mesothelioma. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, chest pains, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, lumps under the skin of the chest and persistent coughing.
- Peritoneal mesothelioma involves the development of cancerous cells in the abdominal cavity. Symptoms include abdominal pain and bloating, sudden weight loss, chest or stomach pain, digestive problems, abdominal fluid accumulation and bowel obstruction.
- Pericardial mesothelioma impacts the heart tissue and is the rarest form of mesothelioma. Its symptoms include heart palpitations, fever, fatigue, chest pains, respiratory problems, loss of appetite and night sweats. As it progresses, pericardial mesothelioma can cause heart failure.
Treatment options in Philadelphia
Typical treatment options for mesothelioma include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation — the treatments commonly used when individuals battle other forms of cancer. More unique forms of treatment have been developed to combat mesothelioma specifically, including new chemotherapy agents, photodynamic therapy, immunotherapy and gene therapy.
While there is no known cure for mesothelioma right now, advancements in treatment options are being made on a constant basis, and Philadelphia is home to one of the leading mesothelioma cancer centers in the United States.
Let our attorneys help if you have developed mesothelioma cancer in Pennsylvania
Employers knew of the connection between asbestos and mesothelioma for decades before the restriction and removal of this deadly substance began to occur in factories and products used across the United States. At Nass Cancelliere, we believe these companies must be held responsible for their negligence, and that you deserve to collect damages if you were harmed by their failure to act.
We encourage potential clients to file premises or products liability lawsuits because obtaining financial compensation for your medical condition can help ensure you receive the best medical care possible and shield your family from the stresses that accompany dealing with a serious illness. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania attorney from Nass Cancelliere can help develop a strong case tailored to your personal circumstances. Speak to an attorney from our office for more information about our services.
Get qualified legal assistance today
Contact our law office online or at 855.546.4600 if asbestos exposure in Pennsylvania has caused you to develop pericardial mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma or pleural mesothelioma. We offer free initial consultations to all potential clients and represent individuals throughout the United States. We can also provide you a book called “100 Questions & Answers About Mesothelioma” by Dr. Harvey I. Pass, M.D., Amy Metula and Susan Vento, which is a helpful resource guide written by doctors, victims and their families on all aspects of this disease.
Please note that we strongly urge you to consult a physician if you are concerned about symptoms or abnormalities.