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 Mesothelioma
The Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware mesothelioma attorneys of Nass Cancelliere explain about the three different types of mesothelioma cancers: Pleural, peritoneal and pericardial mesothelioma, along with their symptoms and diagnoses.
This is the most common type of mesothelioma. This mesothelioma develops in the lining around the lungs known as pleura. Pleural mesothelioma begins in either the left pleura or the right pleura. The first symptoms of pleural mesothelioma are usually pain on the side of the chest and shortness of breath. CAT scans and PET scans are used to detect the location of the tumor, and any fluid caused by the tumor in the lining. A biopsy of the tumor and/or fluid is used to actually confirm that the type of cancer is mesothelioma.
This type of mesothelioma develops in the lining around the abdomen, known as the peritoneum. When a mesothelioma tumor progresses in the peritoneal lining, and causes fluid in the lining, individuals will experience severe abdominal pain and swelling. Like pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma is diagnosed through the use of scanning and biopsies.
Of the three types of mesothelioma cancer, pericardial mesothelioma is the least common form. It develops in the pericardial lining around the heart, and as it progresses, it causes chest pain and eventually heart and lung failure. Pericardial mesothelioma is also diagnosed through the use of scanning and biopsies.
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.