Diagnosis & Treatment of Mesothelioma

In part because mesothelioma symptoms such as a persistent cough, fever and pain are common to many conditions — and often do not appear until decades after asbestos exposure — diagnosis is difficult, usually in the form of a biopsy reviewed by a pathologist. Sometimes a diagnosis is made from a cytology specimen of pleural fluid that is found in the chest. Special stains are used by the pathologist to establish whether the cancer is a mesothelioma or a lung cancer.

Treatment Of Mesothelioma

There is currently no known cure for malignant mesothelioma, but traditional and experimental, nontraditional treatments are available.

The traditional treatment for a pleural mesothelioma may include the insertion of talc to reduce the recurrence of pleural effusions. Surgery can also be performed. The surgery can include a pleurectomy/decortication, and an extrapleural pneumonectomy. You should consult with your surgeon about these treatment options and secure a description of what is done in these surgeries, the risks and the benefits of these surgeries.

Other traditional treatments include chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells and can be used as the primary treatment for mesothelioma or used in conjunction with other treatments. Chemotherapy can be administered and you should consult with your oncologist about what the protocol is, as well as the risks and benefits of the chemotherapy.

Radiation therapy uses high-dose X-rays in an attempt to kill the cancer cells. This may be done in conjunction with surgery and chemotherapy or alone.

Some non-traditional mesothelioma treatment options include photodynamic therapy, gene therapy, and immunotherapy. These treatments are considered experimental and you should always discuss with your physician and oncologist your plan for treatment.

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Attorneys Edwin H. Beachler and Craig E. Coleman have devoted decades to leading our firm's efforts on behalf of mesothelioma victims. We have seen the terrible impact and consequences of asbestos diseases firsthand and sincerely want the best for each client we serve. We are happy to come to your home, hospital or union hall for a free, no-obligation consultation.