Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of malignant mesothelioma, accounting for approximately 75 percent of all diagnosed cases. This type of cancer forms in the pleura, or the protective lining around the lungs.
Pericardial Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure
When inhaled asbestos fibers become lodged in the lining of the heart, they can cause pericardial mesothelioma. The asbestos fibers can remain stuck in the lining of the heart over a long period of time, causing abnormal changes in the pericardium that result in cancer.
Pericardial Mesothelioma Symptoms
Pericardial mesothelioma is thought to be one of the most painful forms of the disease. If you believe you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below as a result of asbestos exposure, consult your doctor immediately. It can be difficult to diagnose pericardial mesothelioma because the symptoms associated with this cancer are often similar to those of other heart conditions.
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Former client LaTanyta Manuel lost her husband, Andrew, to pleural mesothelioma in 2004. Simmons Hanly Conroy helped this mother of three secure financial stability for her family and hold those responsible for her husband’s asbestos exposure and mesothelioma diagnosis accountable.
Pleural Mesothelioma Diagnosis
Diagnosing mesothelioma in its earlier stages can help provide a wider range of treatment options, so it’s important that once you’ve been diagnosed, you start looking for a mesothelioma specialist.
If you detect early symptoms of pleural mesothelioma, such as shortness of breath or chest and lower back pain, consult your primary care physician. He or she will perform preliminary tests and, if cancer is suspected, refer you to an oncologist. The oncologist, or cancer specialist will use a number of diagnostic tools to accurately confirm the mesothelioma diagnosis, including blood tests, imaging tests and biopsies to investigate cancerous growths.
Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma may include:
- Chest or lower back pain
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood
- Difficulty swallowing
- Painful breathing
- Weight loss
- Persistent hoarseness or dry coughing
Pleural Mesothelioma Lawyers
Our pleural mesothelioma lawyers have been working with victims of the disease and their families for nearly a decade and have become intimately familiar with the questions and concerns patients may have. Our skill and dedication to personal client service have helped us recover over $5 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.
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