Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common form of mesothelioma and affects the lining around organs in the abdominal cavity. Like other forms of mesothelioma, it is caused by asbestos fibers being inhaled or ingested and then becoming embedded in the mesothelial lining. These fibers irritate cells and cause scar tissue to form.
Asbestos is no longer in common usage, but it is still allowed in products and may be present in buildings constructed before the 1980s. Thousands of people continue to be diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, though they may have been exposed to asbestos years or decades ago. If you have been diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our office today for a free consultation.
The symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are often mistaken for other conditions such as other abdominal cancers, ovarian cancer and gastrointestinal diseases.
Common symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal swelling
- Fluid accumulation
- Bowel obstruction
- Abdominal pain
There are three common treatment options for peritoneal mesothelioma that are often used in combination: surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. There are also clinical trials testing new therapies, such as immunotherapy, to combat the disease. Peritoneal mesothelioma is often treated with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. The chemotherapy often used for peritoneal mesothelioma is called Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC). HIPEC is applied throughout the abdominal cavity to kill cancer cells after surgeons remove tumors.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
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