What Are the Treatments for Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer associated with exposure to asbestos, a chemical that was widely used for construction and industrial purposes from the late 1930s through the 1970s. When the microscopic fibers that comprise asbestos are inhaled – often by individuals who worked in industries that heavily used asbestos products, lived near asbestos mines, or worked or lived in homes made with asbestos materials – the particles can cling to tissues in the lungs and other areas of the respiratory system, where they cause inflammation and numerous, severe health problems.
As one of the most concerning health consequences of asbestos, mesothelioma is notorious for being difficult to diagnose and effectively treat. This is why it becomes critical for individuals with known risks factors – such as military, railroad, and industrial workers active in the mid-century – to be aware of asbestos-related disease, symptoms, and the importance of medical examinations.
As a law firm that proudly represents mesothelioma victims, and families whose loved ones have been diagnosed with the disease, Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. understands the profound setbacks, pain, and suffering caused by this cancer. Although there is currently no known cure, there have been patients who reach remission, particularly when the disease is identified in the early stages, and treated aggressively through various means, which may include:
- Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy is a viable treatment approach for patients with mesothelioma, both in the early and advanced stages.
- Surgery – In some cases, specialists may recommend surgical treatment options for curative and pain-relief purposes. These surgeries may involve the removal of the affected lung, lining of the lung, tumors, and other parts of the respiratory or digestive system.
- Radiation – Therapy involving radiation is commonly used in conjunction with surgery to decrease the size of tumors and eliminate remaining cancer cells in parts of the body.
- Multimodal therapy – Multimodal therapy refers to the use of various treatment methods at once, such as chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and other emerging treatments. This approach has resulted in positive benefits to patients’ quality of life and life expectancy.
- Clinical trials – In clinical trials, specialists treat patients with emerging approaches such as investigational medications, gene therapy, immunotherapy, and photodynamic therapy.
Treating mesothelioma can be effective in improving quality of life and life expectancy, especially when patients take an immediate and active role in their recoveries. Because victims with the disease were often exposed to mesothelioma in the course of their occupations, they may have the right to pursue legal action in order to recover compensation for their damages, including the costs of medical treatment, pain and suffering, and more.
At Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., we work closely with mesothelioma victims and their families to guide them through their legal journeys, and provide the support and representation they need during difficult times. If you would like to discuss a potential case and learn more about asbestos litigation, contact a mesothelioma lawyer from our firm for a FREE consultation. Our Houston-based legal team serves clients throughout the country.