Mesothelioma is a debilitating, deadly cancer that is often linked to long-term exposure to asbestos. For many people, treatment may prolong their life, but it will do little to slow the overall advance of the cancer.
Thankfully, modern research is providing more ways for people to fight back against this deadly disease.
New treatments in development may soon become available, as well as better procedures for standard treatments. However, cutting edge modern medical care for mesothelioma patients often requires significant financial investment, even if those patients have medical insurance.
It may be necessary for an individual struggling with mesothelioma to trace the source of their cancer and bring a lawsuit against the party responsible in order to fund their care.
More intricate surgeries may offer a better chance at survival and recovery
Mesothelioma is a cancer that attacks the lining of organs. Often, the disease affects the lining of the lungs first, because people in many lines of work end up inhaling asbestos fibers. Doctors may have to operate in order to remove cancerous tissue or areas where the cancer is likely to spread.
In some cases, the surgeon may opt to remove entire sections of the lung or even an entire lung. More recent analysis of surgical fatalities related to mesothelioma treatments seem to indicate that aggressive surgeries are not always the best answer.
Instead of removing a large area of tissue, patients have a better recovery rate and lower incidence of severe side effects when doctors take time to excise only the seriously damaged tissue.
A more skilled surgery that takes much longer offers a better prognosis. Unfortunately, it likely also costs the patient significantly more. That may leave many people with mesothelioma worried about their ability to fund the best possible treatment.
Companies should be accountable for the damages caused by asbestos exposure
The potential risks of asbestos exposure have been known for decades. Unfortunately, far too many businesses try to cut costs to their company at the expense of workers or consumers. The end result may be inadequate safety measures for workers exposed to asbestos environmentally, which later leads to serious medical issues, such as mesothelioma.
Companies failing to do adequate testing can also provide the public with contaminated products that may increase the risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers.
Individuals who develop mesothelioma may have grounds to hold companies accountable if they can demonstrate a link to asbestos, whether at work or through a product. Doing so in a court of law may help individuals battling against mesothelioma to secure compensation that can help them access the best medical treatments available for their condition.