December 2, 2020

Symptoms & Treatments

Utah Mesothelioma Lawyers

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos.  Symptoms can take up to 50 years to appear after initial exposure, so if you or a family member has been exposed, please make note of the symptoms below.  The most common symptoms for mesothelioma are:

Pleural MesotheliomaAsbestos Fibers

  • shortness of breath (dyspnea)
  • fluid buildup between linings of the lungs and chest (pleural effusion)
  • chest pain

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

  • weight loss
  • pain or swelling in the abdomen
  • bowel obstruction
  • anemia
  • fever

Pericardial Mesothelioma

  • difficulty breathing
  • chest pain

Many of these symptoms are similar to the flu or common cold, so please be informed if you think you may have been exposed to asbestos.  Contact one of our Utah mesothelioma lawyers right away.

Mesothelioma Treatment

A person’s risk of developing mesothelioma depends on how much asbestos exposure occurred.  Prognosis can definitely be affected by how early the cancer is diagnosed and how aggressively it is treated.  Since the symptoms are not unique, diagnosing mesothelioma can be difficult for doctors who are not experienced with the condition.  Doctors who specialize in asbestos exposure are in the fields of oncology, respiratory, and thoracic surgery.  The cancer is most commonly diagnosed through a CT scan, MRI, PET scan, and X-ray.

Once diagnosed, a number of treatments are available, the most common being surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.  A number of new treatments have also emerged in recent years, including intraoperative photodynamic therapy, immunotherapy, and gene therapy.  Depending on the patient’s age, overall health, and the stage of the cancer, a doctor may recommend a combination of these treatments.

If you or a loved one thinks you may have been exposed in the state of Utah, please contact our mesothelioma lawyers today.  You may be entitled to compensation.  Call 1-877-LOSS RECOVER (1-877-567-7732) for a free case evaluation.