Surgical Procedures Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma Medical Terms: What Are the Surgical Options for Mesothelioma?
- Before any surgery is considered for the treatment of a Mesothelioma patient’s overall health is carefully evaluated.
- Aggressive surgery for malignant Mesothelioma is aimed at long-term control and relief of painful symptoms.
- Surgical treatment for Mesothelioma patients will usually involve the removal of some of the lining of the chest or abdomen.
- Surgery is difficult in Pleural Mesothelioma patients when the disease is in later stages because the tumor has typically spread to other areas of the body, such as the abdominal cavity and lymph nodes.
- In the early stages of diagnosis, surgery can be used to slow the advance of Mesothelioma cancer.
Mesothelioma Surgical Procedures
- Biopsy: Surgical procedure that removes a small piece of the Mesothelium tissue for laboratory examination is used for definitive diagnosis of Mesothelioma.
- Decortication: Surgical procedure that removes the surface layer, membrane, or fibrous cover of a body organ.
- Extrapleural Pneumonectomy: Surgical procedure to remove one whole lung and part of the lining of the chest, part of the diaphragm, or lining of the sac around the heart.
- Fine-Needle Aspiration: Physician removes fluid or a piece of tissue with a small needle inserted into a patient’s abdomen or chest.
- Laparoscopy: Surgical procedure that allows physicians to view inside your abdomen to insert a tiny camera and surgical tools to obtain a small piece of tissue for examination.
- Laparotomy: Surgical procedure that opens the abdomen to allow a surgeon to check for signs of Mesothelioma. Sample tissue is removed for testing.
- Pleurodesis: Surgical procedure that uses chemicals or drugs to make the lung lining scar so it will stick to the lung. The scarring will stop the buildup of fluid.
- Pleurectomy: Surgical procedure that removes part of the covering of the pleura, chest lining or surface of the lungs.
- Thoracotomy: Surgical procedure that the chest to allow a surgeon to check for signs of Mesothelioma cancer. Sample tissue is removed for testing.
- Thoracoscopy: Surgical procedure that allows a physician to view inside the chest with small incisions made between the ribs to insert a tube with a tiny video camera to see inside the chest cavity.
- Wide Local Excision: Surgical procedure that that removes cancer along with some of the healthy surrounding tissue.
Factors Considered in Choosing Surgery for Mesothelioma
- Patients age
- The degree which cancer has spread
- Location of tumor
- Patients overall physical health
- Size of the tumor
- Stage of cancer – 1-4 Mesothelioma stages
- Type of Mesothelioma
Early Diagnosis for Malignant Mesothelioma will give a patient more treatment options.
Malignant Mesothelioma has been linked to workplace asbestos exposure.
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Median Survival Rate for Mesothelioma Patients by Stage
Mesothelioma Symptoms Include:
- Chest Pain
- Chronic Cough
- Difficulty Breathing
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Fluid Build-up in Lungs
- Heart Palpitations
- Heart Murmurs
- Irregular Heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- Night Sweats
- Orthopnea (Dyspnea When Lying Down)
- Shortness of Breath
- Thickening of Pericardial Layers
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Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Lawsuits
Asbestos manufacturers knew as far back as the early 1920’s that asbestos caused asbestosis and the first case of malignant Mesothelioma was definitively linked to asbestos exposure in workers and laborers in 1964.
More than 600,000 asbestos and Mesothelioma cases have been brought against asbestos manufacturers and distributors, claiming the companies failed to protect workers and laborers from harmful asbestos contamination, and failed to warn workers about health risks.
The World Health Organization reported that there have been 92,253 mesothelioma deaths (and counting) reported by 83 countries.
Thousands of asbestos-containing products and materials were used throughout construction buildings trades, industrial plants, residential buildings, factories, power plants, chemical plants, refineries, shipyards and manufacturing plants exposing workers and laborers to deadly asbestos dust and fibers.
Mesothelioma cancer has 4 stages and rarely diagnosed in stages 1 and 2 because it looks like many other diseases like COPD, a chronic cough, the flu and pneumonia. If you have a history of work-related asbestos exposure you should be checked each year by a qualified doctor.
Global Asbestos Disaster Study Estimates More than 39,000 USA Deaths Annually from Asbestos-Related Diseases.
Specifically, asbestos contributes to 34,270 lung cancer deaths, 3,161 mesothelioma deaths, 787 ovarian cancer deaths, 443 larynx cancer deaths and 613 chronic asbestosis death. Source: www.adao.us
Malignant Mesothelioma is rare form of cancer that affects lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart, and major organs in the body. Mesothelioma is a disease in which malignant cancer cells are found in the sac lining the chest (pleura) or the abdomen (peritoneum). There are about 3,000 new malignant Mesothelioma cases diagnosed each year in the U. S. If you are experiencing any Mesothelioma symptoms you should contact a doctor immediately.
Diagnosed With Mesothelioma?
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with malignant Mesothelioma you are going to have a lot of questions about living with Mesothelioma and what legal options you have against asbestos manufacturers and asbestos companies for your asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a seriously deadly disease. According to the American Cancer Society with the average survival time for people with Mesothelioma is 4-18 months.
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Family Member Died From Mesothelioma?
If you have a family member that has died from Mesothelioma cancer you should immediately consult with an experienced Mesothelioma diagnosis lawyer about what compensation may be available to you from asbestos trust funds that total more than 30 billion dollars.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you file your Mesothelioma claim within your states Statute of Limitations.
We have seen many families lose their right to file a lawsuit because their Statute of Limitations had expired while they were grieving. We know it is a tough time to grieve the loss of a loved one, but please do not let your Statute of Limitations expire for filing your Mesothelioma lawsuit. In most states the Statute of Limitations is 2-3 years. Some states have 6 year Statute of Limitations.
Mesothelioma Latency Period
Mesothelioma has a long latency period of 10-50 years. Many Veterans, Shipyard Workers, Construction Workers, Power Plant Workers, Mill Workers, Steel Workers, Railroad Workers, Pipefitters, Insulators, Electricians, Carpenters, Welders, Auto Mechanics, Veterans, Factory Workers, and laborers are living in the early stages of a variety of asbestos related diseases. Many Mesothelioma lawyers will not accept asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer, pleural plaques, pleural thickening, colon cancer and esophageal cancer cases.
There is More Than 30 Billion Dollars Set Aside for Mesothelioma and Asbestos Victims in Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts
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