Workers and other individuals who are exposed to asbestos face an increased risk of developing mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that can affect the lungs, heart or abdomen. Mesothelioma cancer is almost always fatal due to its aggressive nature and the fact that it is usually diagnosed late in the progression of the disease.
The most common types of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma (which affects the lining that surrounds the lungs), peritoneal mesothelioma (occurring in lining of the abdominal organs) and pericardial mesothelioma (affecting the lining around heart). Mesothelioma can also occur in the lining that surrounds the testicles, although testicular mesothelioma is extremely rare.
Due to the long latency period associated with mesothelioma, patients do not begin to show symptoms of the disease until decades after they were exposed to asbestos. The average life expectancy for patients who have received a mesothelioma diagnosis is only about one to two years.
Because of the high mortality rate associated with the disease, current mesothelioma treatment options focus primarily on extending a patient’s life expectancy and improving their quality of life. Researchers are currently working on new forms of treatment that they hope will further increase the life-expectancy of mesothelioma patients and offer the possibility of a cure for the disease.
If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation and to find out if you are eligible to undergo asbestos testing at no out-of-pocket cost, contact the law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.