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Find out If You Have a Mesothelioma Claim

At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, we understand that mesothelioma is incurable and that the costs associated with contracting mesothelioma are high, including medical procedures, doctors’ care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a tumor in the lining of the lungs or the abdomen, the NY personal injury attorneys attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call (212) 986-7353 to discuss your case.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs, the lining of the abdominal cavity or the lining around the heart. Most people with malignant mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos on the job. Others may have been unknowingly exposed at home, school or their place of business.

Mesothelioma has a very long latency period and people who may have been exposed to asbestos 50 years ago are now being diagnosed with this form of cancer.

Risk Factors for Malignant Mesothelioma

Considering the number of deaths that can be attributed to mesothelioma, it is important to consider the risk factors. Exposure to asbestos, the primary risk factor, could mean you were in close contact with any of the following materials:

  • Roofing and siding materials, such as felts
  • Wall and ceiling materials such as sprayed coating used on ceilings from 1935 to 1978
  • Textured paints and spackle
  • Insulation board
  • Flooring materials, such as tiles containing asbestos fibers and mastic adhesives
  • Pipe and boiler insulation
  • Fire and heat resistant clothing, such as aprons, gloves, and hoods.

Clinical Trials

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you already understand there are treatments available to extend your life and improve its quality, but there is no cure. The stress of the illness can be eased a bit by joining a support group and sharing common experiences and problems with those who truly understand the condition because they or their family member suffer from mesothelioma. You may also consider becoming part of a clinical trial where new drugs and treatment methods are being tested. There you may discover more treatment options than you knew existed.

Detecting Mesothelioma Cancer

The symptoms of mesothelioma are also common to less significant illnesses/conditions. If your doctor is unaware of your contact with asbestos, mesothelioma may not be considered in a diagnosis of these symptoms. Symptoms of mesothelioma may include the following:

  • Problems with swallowing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of weight
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting (peritoneal mesothelioma)
  • Pain and swelling in the stomach area
  • Chest pain
  • Persistent cough
  • Palpitations

Primary Risk Factor

Individuals who contract mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos regularly, often at a job site where they worked closely with the hazardous material. U.S. citizens have been exposed to asbestos since the 1940's when the ship building business was flourishing. Those exposed also include workers doing demolition, drywall removers, those doing work in the construction trade, firemen, and workers in the automobile industry. How much the asbestos affects the individual depends upon how much material the person was exposed to (dose), how long the exposure lasted (duration), and the nature of the asbestos fibers themselves (asbestos makeup).

Mesothelioma Treatment Options

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2,000 and 3,000 mesothelioma cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Due to the seriousness of this disease, anyone who was exposed to asbestos should notify his or her doctor whether or not symptoms have appeared. Options for treatment of mesothelioma include the following:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Immunotherapy (Immunotherapy uses the body's own immune system to fight the cancer.)
  • Photodynamic therapy (This therapy makes use of light frequencies to activate photosensitizing drugs and kill abnormal cells.)

Individual treatment programs depend on how advanced the cancer is (the stage), cancer location, to what extent the cancer has spread, and the patient's age.

Of course, the final decision regarding mesothelioma treatment is up to the patient and to his or her family.

Know the Types of Mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma affecting the heart’s lining is the least common type of mesothelioma cancer. Approximately one third of all patients with mesothelioma have peritoneal mesothelioma in the abdominal cavity. Two thirds of all patients who have contracted mesothelioma as the result of being exposed to asbestos have pleural mesothelioma. The pleura surrounds the lungs and lines the chest cavity. Mesothelioma cancer is cancer of the lining, not the actual lungs themselves. According to the American Thoracic Society Documents, asbestos fibers inhaled on the job cause most cases of mesothelioma.

Understanding Mesothelioma Treatment Options

Doctors may perform surgery. They may take out some of the lining of the chest or abdomen along with nearby tissue. Surgery sometimes involves taking out a portion of the muscle which aids in breathing called the diaphragm.

Medical professionals may use radiation to reduce the size of cancerous tumors and to kill cancer cells. Most commonly external radiation is used, but internal radiation therapy can be done where radioisotopes are inserted near or inside cancerous tumors.

When medications/drugs are used to fight the spread of cancerous cells, the term chemotherapy applies. Chemotherapy may be administered by means of pills or intravenously with drips in veins or muscles.

Immunotherapy involves the use of the body’s own immune system to slow the growth of cancer cells or to kill the cells completely.

Common Questions You May Have about Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Has a cure been found for mesothelioma? No known cure exists; only treatments are available to slow the progression of the disease and to ease symptoms.

How much time can pass between my exposure to asbestos and the onset of the disease? You may have experienced no symptoms for 30 years or more.

Are there any support groups for those diagnosed? Yes, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s web page to learn about resources there to help cancer patients.

Obtain the Compensation You Deserve

Have you recently received a mesothelioma diagnosis? The New York mesothelioma attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, & Halperin, LLP, are there to help you through your medical and legal challenges. We are familiar with the latency period of mesothelioma, and we are experienced at helping individuals and families of those affected by the disease. Please call (212) 986-7353 for an appointment to discuss your case.

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