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Mesothelioma rare and potentially deadly

Is it possible to be walking around with a potentially deadly disease raging inside one's body without the person affected even knowing it? The answer is undoubtedly yes, as many who suffer from Mesothelioma may attest. The signs and symptoms of this disease vary, reportedly depending on where in the body the disease originates. South Carolina readers may be interested in this information.

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that generally affects the abdomen, lungs and/or heart. In some male patients, the first notice they have that they may have contracted this disease is a mass growing on the testicles or swelling in the area surrounding. A common factor among most people suffering from some form of Mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.

Living in the era of the third wave of asbestos exposure

Think asbestos exposure is a thing of the past? Think again. It may seem like common sense — this material is extremely dangerous, we know this material is linked to various forms of extremely deadly cancers — so why is asbestos exposure still an issue?

Unfortunately the answer is not a simple one. Asbestos is a product used in a wide variety of materials. Flooring, braking systems and fiber optic cables are just a few examples. Workers can suffer exposure to this dangerous material when manufacturing, installing or removing products containing asbestos. 

Immunotherapy drug may help treat relapsed mesothelioma

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Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. Chemotherapy is usually administered to patients, but nearly all will relapse - most within six months following treatment.

A promising new treatment for patients who have relapsed involves the use of immunotherapy.

Understanding Asbestos Exposure

Mesothelioma is a particularly aggressive and deadly form of cancer. It attacks the surface layers of the lungs, stomach, and other internal organs. Approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States every year. Every single one of these cases is caused by the same risk factor: exposure to asbestos.

What is Asbestos?

Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, named one of the top toxic tort law firms in the country

The law firm of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, was recently named as one of the top toxic tort law firms in the country by The Legal 500. The firm was recognized in the category "Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Toxic-Tort Plaintiff".

How to support a family member with mesothelioma

A mesothelioma diagnosis affects the whole family. When a loved one is diagnosed, family members want to offer their help and support. But it is not always easy to know how to best do that.

Here are some ways that family members can support their loved one during this time:

What occupations are at risk for mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure.

Many people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Often, a diagnosis comes 20 to 50 years after the exposure occurred. Some newly diagnosed individuals may not remember when or where they were exposed.

Attorney Terry Richardson featured on cover of Super Lawyers Magazine

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Attorney Terry L. Richardson of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, was featured in the South Carolina 2017 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine.

The article, titled "The Energizer", talks about Mr. Richardson's work ethic, perseverance, and commitment to clients: 

Asbestos exposure: What if the company is no longer in business?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos.

Upon learning of a mesothelioma diagnosis, most individuals and families begin the process of determining where the asbestos exposure occurred, usually with help from an attorney. Since mesothelioma is usually diagnosed decades after exposure to asbestos, this can sometimes be a challenge. 

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