Mesothelioma Facts & Information
Each year, nearly 3,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with mesothelioma. When you or someone you love receives a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis, trying to understand this medically complicated cancer can be an overwhelming process.
Most people have never heard of malignant mesothelioma. At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our lawyers have helped thousands of patients and families affected by mesothelioma. Below is an overview of mesothelioma information we’ve compiled from decades working with patients.
Malignant Mesothelioma Prognosis
Once symptoms for malignant mesothelioma start to appear, the disease can progress rapidly. Malignant tumors can invade and destroy nearby tissue and spread to other parts of the body. Doctors and scientists theorize malignant mesothelioma spreads throughout the body more quickly than other types of cancer. In fact, malignant mesothelioma can grow so quickly it spreads to other parts of the body within a matter of months.
There are three ways cancer spreads throughout the body:
- Cancer invades surrounding tissue
- Cancer invades the lymph system and travels through the lymph vessels
- Cancer invades the veins and capillaries and travels through the blood
When cancer cells break away from the primary tumor and travel to other places in the body, a secondary tumor may form elsewhere. This process is called metastasis. The rate of metastasis depends on the type of cells in the primary cancerous tumor.