Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma and is caused by asbestos fibers embedding themselves in the lining around the lungs. Cancerous cells form around the asbestos fibers, thickening the pleural membrane layers and causing fluid buildup in the tissues surrounding the lungs. The fluid puts pressure on the lungs, making it difficult and painful to breathe.
Even though asbestos is no longer widely used, many people continue to develop pleural mesothelioma because it takes years after exposure to asbestos for symptoms to develop. If you have developed this deadly form of cancer, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our office today for a free consultation.
The symptoms of pleural mesothelioma vary between patients and often mimic other diseases, including the flu and pneumonia.
Common symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood
- Lower back pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Fluid around the lungs
Patients diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma often undergo a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Additionally, there are a number of clinical trials underway to test the effectiveness of different combinations of therapy as well as new treatment options, such as immunotherapy. The most common treatment for pleural mesothelioma is surgery to remove tumors and cancerous cells on the lungs so as to relieve symptoms and extend one’s life expectancy.
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills as well as other expenses. Call our office today toll free to schedule your free consultation or send us your information online.
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