Mesothelioma is often considered only a disease of the lungs, but the truth is it can spread to the lining of other body organs as well. The lungs are not the only part of the body that can come in contact with asbestos when the victim has been exposed in a multitude of ways and scenarios. And the number of Pennsylvania and West Virginia residents who have been exposed to asbestos through employment is extensive. While it typically does take many years to manifest just as with lung cancer, the results can be just as devastating. Luckily, with peritoneal mesothelioma there is now a surgical option called cytoreduction that can sometimes extend the life of the victim while reducing the level of pain and suffering caused by the disease.
Peritoneal tumors are common with mesothelioma around the stomach. The peritoneum is the stomach lining where tumors develop along the outer lining of the stomach, often spreading from the lung lining. The problem with this form of mesothelioma is that it can impact other organs in the abdominal cavity such as the:
- Small and large intestines
Surgeons focus on the peritoneum and look for associated tumors aside from the primary tumors they are removing, carefully removing what they find along the way. In addition, nearly half of mesothelioma patients requiring surgery not only have tumors removed from connected linings, but also have a portion of the organ removed as well. Problems with connected tissue are common for those with mesothelioma beginning in the lungs when the disease has been slow to produce symptoms that can be recognized by the patient.
Mesothelioma attorneys in the Pennsylvania and West Virginia areas understand the problems their clients endure with mesothelioma. They are diligent when submitting cases because each injury case is unique in some manner even when the diagnosis and treatment regimens are similar. This allows for each victim requiring peritoneum surgery to have their particular case evaluated in detail for proper financial compensation when their injury case is finally settled.