MESOTHELIOMA LAWYERS : Understanding Mesothelioma: Types, Symptoms, and Legal Options for Compensation

MESOTHELIOMA LAWYERS : Understanding Mesothelioma: Types, Symptoms, and Legal Options for Compensation

mesotelioma is a type of cancer that affects the mesothelium, the tissue that lines the cavities of the body. The mesothelium is made of an outer and inner layer. The inner layer surrounds the organs and the outer layer surrounds the body cavity. The cells of the mesothelium secrete a special type of fluid that acts as a lubricant between the two layers. This allows the organs to move smoothly against each other, the cavity wall, or other adjacent structures. When these cells grow abnormally, tumors can develop. 

The abnormal growth of cells in the mesothelium is directly related to inhalation, ingestion or other contact with asbestos .. This lining is present in multiple places on the body, resulting in different types of mesothelioma. There are different types of mesothelioma patients that can be diagnosed based on the part of the body affected. Symptoms, treatment options, survival rates, and other factors will vary depending on the type. Here is a basic overview of the types of mesothelioma currently recognized by the medical community. You can learn more about how common each of these forms of cancer is, how they affect the body, and what symptoms a patient may experience.

mesotelioma pleural

By far the most common form of mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma occurs in approximately 75% of cases. Pleural mesothelioma is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. These fibers lodge in lung tissue or in the pleura , the lining of the lungs and the lung cavity. A person suffering from pleural mesothelioma may experience symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, or a persistent cough. Treatment options for pleural mesothelioma will vary depending on how far the cancer has progressed. If diagnosed early, surgery can be effective in treating pleural mesothelioma, but each case is different.

mesotelioma peritoneal

El mesotelioma peritoneal se desarrolla en el peritoneo , the lining of the abdomen, and the abdominal organs. This is the second most common type of mesothelioma, affecting approximately 10-20% of patients. Ingested asbestos fibers can cause this condition. They can lodge in the peritoneum and cause the growth of cancer cells. Abdominal pain and bloating, weight loss, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and fatigue are symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma. Treatment can be difficult because of the faster growth rate of cancer cells in the peritoneum compared to other areas.

mesotelioma pericárdico

Afectando alrededor de 1% de pacientes diagnosticado con mesotelioma , el mesotelioma pericárdico afecta al pericardio , the outer lining of the heart. When cancer cells develop in the pericardium, excess fluid builds up and causes a number of symptoms. These symptoms include: irregular heartbeat, heart murmur, chest pain, shortness of breath, persistent cough, and fatigue. Surgery for this type of mesothelioma is particularly complex due to the proximity of the tumors to the heart.

mesotelioma testicular

Testicular mesothelioma affects less than 1% of patients. With this type of mesothelioma, cancer develops in the lining of the testicles. A patient may experience swelling of the scrotum and testicular lumps. Surgery may be recommended to remove part or all of the affected testicle. A combination of surgery and chemotherapy/radiation therapy may also be recommended.

omental mesothelioma

This type of mesothelioma develops in the omentum, a sheet of fatty tissue that hangs in front of the intestines. Omental mesothelioma can occur when peritoneal mesothelioma spreads to the epiplón . There are some cases of primary omental mesothelioma that originated in the omentum. This is a very rare form of mesothelioma; so we don’t have much information about symptoms, survival rates, and treatment options.

A diagnosis of any type of mesothelioma can mean that you only have limited time left with your family. You may be facing expensive medical care that includes diagnostic tests, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and more. Recovering financial compensation for your medical expenses, as well as lost income, lost future income, and even emotional trauma such as pain and suffering can make a world of difference to you and your family for years to come. The Napoli Shkolnik PLLC team is ready to fight for the fair compensation you deserve. Mesothelioma lawsuits can be complicated and are best handled by a team that has experience handling any issues that may arise. One problem may be the need to recover compensation from a bankruptcy trust because the at-fault party is no longer in business. No type of mesothelioma may present for decades after initial exposure, and some of the asbestos manufacturers that were in business in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s may no longer exist. Some had to declare bankruptcy due to the number of lawsuits they faced, but while in bankruptcy protection they were forced to set up trust funds to compensate future claimants. The attorneys at our firm are well-prepared to handle even the most complex asbestos claim.

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