Mesothelioma is talked about as if it's some kind of unique disease, but the reality is that it's simply a cancer caused by exposure to a toxin. It's malignant and has the potential to spread like any other cancer in the body.
Malignant mesothelioma does not have a good prognosis unless it's caught extremely early. Unfortunately, it's very difficult to catch it in the early stages, since it often has no symptoms.
How does mesothelioma affect you?
Mesothelioma affects the mesothelium, which is a layer of cells found lining the chest. The cells also cover most organs. The mesothelium is important because it's able to produce lubrication. This makes it possible for your organs to slide against one another instead of tearing or ripping, scarring or getting damaged in other ways.
Most importantly, the mesothelium helps your lungs by allowing them to slide inside your chest. If the mesothelium cannot produce any of this lubrication, the lungs may not be able to work effectively.
Mesothelioma doesn't only affect the lungs, but it's very common there. If you have developed mesothelioma, it's important to know the type. If you have epithelioid, it's one of the most common types and among the easiest to treat. Mixed is more difficult to treat, and sarcomatoid mesothelioma is the most difficult to treat, though it is also the rarest.
Your attorney can help you get compensated if you've been exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma of any kind. Your life has been put at risk, and you deserve the best medical care that you can receive.