Many of the prominent industries in West Virginia leave workers vulnerable to diseases linked to working with asbestos. That includes coal mining, working on railroads, construction and other jobs. For those who might have mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos, the outlook is difficult. Still, if it is diagnosed from the time the person seeks medical attention, it can help with treatment options. Some tests are reasonably effective, but reliability is a concern with extra testing providing greater insight.
Mesothelioma and tests that can be effective in coming to a diagnosis
A recent report from the International Journal of Surgical Pathology found that the main type of test used to diagnose the most aggressive form of the disease – sarcomatoid mesothelioma – may need other tests to come to a fully accurate diagnosis. With sarcomatoid mesothelioma, protein staining tests are used. It could be beneficial if radiology and clinical assessment are part of the process. The research at the University of Texas involved 64 people ages 42 to 79. All had diagnostic imagery taken to check their lungs, had a lung removed and their protein levels were tested.
The protein tests, despite being a critical part of finding mesothelioma, presented challenges in identifying sarcomatoid mesothelioma. The protein stain testing cannot be trusted to come to a positive identification of cells with this form of the disease. Having a more well-rounded series with the protein tests and other types of tests was deemed to be best for getting accurate results. This is vital for asbestos/mesothelioma diseases.
Local, experienced professionals might help with mesothelioma cases
These issues might sound confusing to people who are unfamiliar with medical testing and the technical aspects of diagnosing mesothelioma. That does not mean it is unimportant in the context of gauging the available options. People 60 or older who worked in industries with asbestos before it was known to be such a dangerous substance and family members negatively impacted by the disease will likely need assistance as they decide how to proceed. Having comprehensive guidance could be key in pursuing an asbestos claim.