Welcome to Simmons Hanly Conroy’s library of mesothelioma videos – a place for patients, families and friends to learn more about this rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. These videos feature interviews with treatment professionals and mesothelioma patients.
Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with mesothelioma or you’ve been helping a family member or loved one battle the disease, you can find the answers to your questions and the support you’ve been looking for through links to the videos below.
Learn more about the basics of mesothelioma through these concise educational videos produced through a partnership with the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
The Three Types of Mesothelioma
There are three types of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma, the most common form of asbestos cancer, attacks the lungs. Peritoneal mesothelioma attacks the abdomen. Pericardial mesothelioma attacks the lining of the heart. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact an asbestos attorney at Simmons Hanly Conroy for help with your next steps.
Watch the video to learn more about the three types of mesothelioma.
Understanding Mesothelioma: Symptoms
Correctly identifying mesothelioma symptoms can be difficult, even for an experienced health professional. Not only can mesothelioma symptoms mimic other diseases, but mesothelioma also has a very long latency period, so symptoms may not show up for as many as 50 years after the last exposure to asbestos.
Learn more about the symptoms associated with the three different types of mesothelioma.
A mesothelioma diagnosis is almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma can be very difficult to diagnose because its symptoms often mimic other less serious conditions. Mesothelioma also has a very long latency period, so symptoms may not show up until 10 to 50 years after the last exposure to asbestos.
Following a diagnosis, your specialist will determine the staging, or severity of the disease. The most important determination is that of the cancer’s localization, i.e. is the cancer isolated to one body region or has it spread to other systems in the body? Knowing the staging dictates the mesothelioma treatment. A diagnosis of advanced mesothelioma may require aggressive treatment options, and there are clinical trials for the latest experimental approaches.
Answers to Common Mesothelioma Questions
Mary Hesdorffer, Executive Director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and mesothelioma nurse practitioner, sat down with Simmons Hanly Conroy to answer common questions about mesothelioma. For more information, go to www.curemeso.org.
Brenda, a mesothelioma patient, has been through multiple surgeries and treatment plans. She offers insight and advice to others affected by mesothelioma and stresses the importance of finding a qualified mesothelioma specialist.
While enjoying retirement with his wife of 48 years, Dale was diagnosed with mesothelioma and eventually needed surgery to remove his left lung. Dale’s wife explains the financial reasons they chose to pursue a mesothelioma lawsuit.
Mary Jane Williams was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2003 and has been cancer-free for nearly four years. She explains how important it is to find a mesothelioma specialist.
Ernie Conry had multiple tests performed before the doctors were able to reach a conclusive diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma. He explains the process he went through after his pleural mesothelioma diagnosis in order to fight mesothelioma.
Shelly Kozicki helped care for her husband Craig throughout his fight against peritoneal mesothelioma from 1998 to 2009. She offers advice and comfort to others mesothelioma victims, and she also talks about the importance of a mesothelioma support group.
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