What is Pleural Mesothelioma?
This malignant form of mesothelioma is the most common type of the disease. Caused by breathing in asbestos fibers, the risks for pleural mesothelioma can be heightened by smoking as well as exposure to this hazardous fiber.
Pleural mesothelioma attacks the lungs and respiratory area of the body. It assaults the cells and the lining, called the pleura, of the lungs and ribs. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma can take anywhere from 10 to 30 or 40 years to manifest themselves after exposure to asbestos. This makes it nearly impossible for people to recognize that they have been affected—and identify the cause of their cancer—until it has progressed to an advanced stage.
Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma
Even if you feel fine, it is important to inform your doctor of your past history of working with asbestos so that the proper tests can be run. Some of the symptoms that are commonly associated with pleural mesothelioma include the following:
- Persistent coughing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Facial swelling
- Weight loss
- Coughing up blood
Some individuals may also experience shortness of breath in an active or resting state. Severe pain in the chest or ribs another symptom to watch out for.
Treatment of pleural mesothelioma
The treatment for pleural mesothelioma is more or less the same as the treatment for other forms of the disease. These treatments include the following:
- Surgery to remove part or all of a lung and some of the surrounding tissue to remove the tumor and cancerous cells
- Chemotherapy to fight the cancerous cells and kill them as well as shrink the tumor with drugs that may be administered orally or by intravenous procedure
- Radiation therapy directed to the body externally or to the source internally to shrink the tumor and kill cancer cells
An experienced pleural mesothelioma attorney can help
Greg Jones Law is skilled in cases involving pleural mesothelioma nationwide. We know how to effectively present your case so that you receive the maximum amount of fair compensation for your injuries.
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