Mesothelioma may not be exactly what you think it is. As someone who has been recently diagnosed, you might think it’s just another kind of cancer. However, it’s typically caused by inhaling asbestos, which could mean that a past employer can be held liable for your current condition. The condition can take many years to form in the body, so you may never be ill when you’re on the job.
Mesothelioma, also known as malignant mesothelioma, is rare. It occurs when the tissues lining the stomach, heart, lungs and other organs are affected by tumors. Mesothelioma is often discussed as if it only affects the lungs, but it can affect many parts of the body. It can be benign or malignant.
What are the signs of mesothelioma?
The symptoms include:
- Pain under the ribs
- Lumps, pain and swelling in the abdomen
- Trouble breathing
- Unexplained weight loss
Mesothelioma may initially appear the same as lung cancer, so your doctor will need to perform biopsies and imaging tests to identify the type of cancer or tumor that is in your body. Typically, mesothelioma is discovered after it has advanced, making it difficult to treat.
In the case that it is treatable, your doctor may advise surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. In other cases, the medical provider may discuss options with you about how to reduce symptoms and make your life more comfortable despite the advanced level of mesothelioma. Our site has more on what you can do if you’ve discovered you have mesothelioma. You may have a right to compensation for your suffering.