Mesothelioma is a cruel disease. It is caused by exposure to the mineral asbestos, and it sneaks up on its victims decades after that exposure takes place. The symptoms of the condition are far from obvious – they often are mistaken for the flu or a stomach bug, pneumonia or heartburn. It is only once treatments for those common illnesses fail that suspicions rise and physicians begin ordering tests: in the meantime, each day that goes by is a treatment day lost, and brings the victim closer to the day when mesothelioma finally claims their life.
The tests that confirm a diagnosis of mesothelioma are still being developed. Physicians often order a series of diagnostic imaging studies or blood work that can take an extended period of time to provide definitive results, but now a study published in the journal Cellular Oncology points to a more accurate test that not only confirms the presence of mesothelioma, but also provides a clearer picture of the patient’s prognosis. This test takes a close look at cells found when patients undergo removal of pleural effusion, which is a gathering of fluid in the lungs. When the pleural effusions of patients who were confirmed to have malignant pleural mesothelioma were analyzed, researchers found that there were high levels of tumor cells and other biomarkers that provided an accurate assessment of the patient’s condition as well as how long they were likely to survive.
Being diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma is never a good thing, but with the certainty of the diagnosis patients are able to move forward with important life decisions about how they want to spend their remaining time, how aggressively they want to fight the disease, and what type of actions they want to take against those who are responsible for having exposed them to asbestos in the first place. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and you would like to explore your legal options, contact us today at 1-800-966-2244. Our mesothelioma lawyers have the experience and knowledge you need to guide you to the right decision for you and your family.