Mesothelioma symptoms often appear after 20-50 years after first exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma symptoms can sometimes be mistaken with sighs of other less serious conditions, thus the patient may be late to address to the doctor, and the asbestos cancer gets diagnosed when it is already at a very advanced level.
Here is a list of symptoms most often accused by patients:
Pleural symptoms: difficulty in breathing, sharp pain in the chest, strong cough, fatigue, nodules under the skin on the chest or in the neck area.
Peritoneal symptoms: weight loss, pain in the abdomen, an abnormal swelling filled with fluid, nausea
Pericardial symptoms: palpitations, oscillating heartbeat, chest pain, difficulty in breathing, heavy sweating
Testicular symptoms: painful or painless testicular lump
All treatment options for mesothelioma should be analyzed in detail with the patient and the doctor before a decision is made. Patients have to provide a full medical history, including details of prescriptions and any other drugs taken to ensure the most suitable treatment is followed.
Sometimes, the symptoms of mesothelioma can be mistaken because they can seem to signal some other disorder, a less serious one. This is one of the reason why malignant mesothelioma is often diagnosed very late.
There are different approaches to deal with such a disease. When starting to work with a patient that suffers from malignant mesothelioma, the doctor attempts both to relief the symptoms and to cure the cancer. This requires two different treatments to be followed by the patient. Chemotherapy is the most common treatment in this case, the only that can deal with the aggressiveness of the disease and actually makes a difference in case of this disease.
However, neither chemotherapy nor other treatments can cure mesothelioma. Especially when the illness is diagnosed at an advanced level, when the patient has a poor overall health it is more unlikely to prolong the life of the person. Life expectancy, after diagnosis is made, is about another year of life.
It is very important to know that if a person is highly exposed to asbestos at work for example, the members of his or her family will also be exposed and face the risk of developing malignant mesothelioma as well.
People who are exposed to asbestos should be aware of the grate danger that this represents. They should also take all precaution measures and employers should provide all adequate equipment to the workers that work in an environment affected by asbestos exposure.
Workers who think that they are not protected enough against the risck of developing cancer from asbestos can contact a mesothelioma law firm, as there are many lawyers specialized in this kind of law suites.