After a mesothelioma diagnosis, victims and family members usually have many questions. Most go about seeking information about the disease, its cause, treatment options, and more.
Here are some facts about asbestos and mesothelioma that you should know:
- Types of mesothelioma: The most common type of mesothelioma affects the outer lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma) – but mesothelioma can affect the outer lining of other parts of the body as well, including the abdomen, heart, and testicles.
- Symptoms of mesothelioma: Symptoms can vary from patient to patient, but some common symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include chest pain, shortness of breath, lumps in the chest area, and frequent painful coughing.
- Asbestos exposure: Mesothelioma has one known cause – exposure to asbestos. Many mesothelioma victims were exposed to asbestos at work. Some victims were exposed to asbestos after a family member repeatedly carried home asbestos fibers on their clothing or skin.
- Latency period: A mesothelioma diagnosis can come 20 to 60 years after asbestos exposure occurred.
- Treatment options: Treatment options vary based on many individual factors, but may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy. Patients may also be able to participate in clinical trials.
- Identifying source of asbestos exposure: Since asbestos exposure may have occurred decades ago, some patients do not know when or where the exposure occurred. Many of these individuals find help working with a mesothelioma attorney who can help track down the source of exposure.
- Compensation: Mesothelioma victims may be eligible for significant compensation. It is advisable to speak to a mesothelioma attorney about your specific legal options.
If you have any questions about a mesothelioma diagnosis or your legal options, please contact Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, for a free consultation.