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What Is Mesothelioma?
    - Symptoms
    - Causes
    - Types
    - Diagnosis

Mesothelioma Treatment
    - Treatment Options
    - Treatment Centers
    - Mesothelioma Specialists

Mesothelioma Risk Factors

Diagnosis of Mesothelioma
With the symptoms of mesothelioma similar to many other non-threatening conditions, early diagnosis of the cancer can often be difficult. Typically, a patient will first see a doctor with complaints of shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain or breathing problems. Often, initial steps to diagnose include reviewing pertinent medical history and information leading to the discovery of past asbestos exposure. This could be followed by a complete physical examination, including x-rays, lung function tests, CAT scans and MRIs. CAT scans are a useful tool for physicians, as they take a series of detailed images that show the full extent and depth of the cancer. Similar to a CAT scan, an MRI uses a powerful magnet to take detailed photos of the inside of the body.
A pathological review of the tissue taken from the tumor is necessary for a final diagnosis of mesothelioma. A biopsy is performed by a surgeon or oncologist who extracts the sample tissue a needle biopsy for further review. If these procedures do not yield enough tissue, more extensive diagnostic surgery may be necessary. Based on the findings and immunohistochemical stains, pathologists can then determine with finality whether it is mesothelioma or a different type of lung cancer.
In the event the diagnosis comes back positive as mesothelioma, the doctors will run more tests to determine the stage of the disease. Staging is important as it determines whether the cancer has spread and which areas of the body are potentially affected. If the cancer has spread, doctors will factor in the other affected areas to determine the best treatment plan.
Since mesothelioma is categorized as a localized cancer, management of the disease depends largely on the tumor's location. Treatment options will differ based on location, but often it is classified as an advanced case if it has spread to other parts of the body including abdominal organs, lungs, heart, or lymph nodes. With early diagnosis and sometimes surgical intervention, there is a strong possibility of lengthening an individual's life expectancy. Often doctors recommend radiation treatment and chemotherapy as part of a treatment program. Pain management and home care are typical alternatives in the later stages of the disease.
During this important fight, it is crucial to have a support network with you every step of the way. Between your doctors, palliative and hospice specialists, spiritual guides, and family members, make sure you have a structured group of individuals to guide you through this journey. Many also seek guidance from support groups at medical centers as a means to express their feelings about their diagnosis and the prognosis with individuals who have the same issues.
Since nearly all mesothelioma cancer cases are a direct result of asbestos exposure, victims of mesothelioma are entitled to financial compensation for their unnecessary illness. The best way to gain your rightful compensation is to work with an experienced mesothelioma attorney who specializes in handling asbestos-related disease cases. Although financial compensation will not alleviate the pain you and your family must go through, it will help recover lost wages and cover the cost of medical bills and treatments. Experienced attorneys, like those at Coady Law, will use their extensive resources to maximize your compensation and direct you to medical specialists, treatment centers and after-care plans.

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