New insight on the development of mesothelioma

Receiving a diagnosis of certain types of cancer can be devastating, both for you and your loved ones. Mesothelioma is a specific type of cancer that is aggressive and incurable, and it is often the result of exposure to the toxic material, asbestos. Many people who receive a diagnosis of mesothelioma had exposure to asbestos as a result of their job requirements, even decades in the past. This is a complicated medical condition, and medical professionals still have a lot to learn about this type of cancer.

Recently, researchers made a breakthrough regardinghow this disease develops in the lungsand other organs. This is a positive step as a better understanding of the cancer can provide insight regarding how to fight it. Any additional understanding into mesothelioma is a step toward a cure and hope for those who are currently dealing with this diagnosis.

A difficult disease to fight

Mesothelioma is a very difficult disease to fight as traditional cancer treatments are not as effective to slow and stop its spread. However, there has been a recent breakthrough centered around the body’s immune response and how other cells around mesothelioma cells sense the cancer. The researchers suggest that the size and shape of the contaminant particles, such as the asbestos fibers, have an impact on the immune response of the body. Researchers suggest that the actual mineral composition of the fiber is not as important as the size and shape of it.

They found that long, thin fibers are particularly dangerous as they may prevent immune cells from going to other parts of the body where they are necessary, such as pre-cancerous lesions. This might lead to a faster development of cancer as asbestos fibers of certain shapes essentially hijack the body’s natural immune response. Knowing this may lead to more effective treatments that can slow the growth of mesothelioma.

After a diagnosis

A diagnosis of mesothelioma is devastating, butyou do not have to face it on your own. Your illness may be the result of toxic exposure at your place of work. While it cannot reverse what happened to you, pursuing a civil claim may be a reasonable course of action for you. This option provides you with the opportunity to secure the financial resources you and your North Carolina family need for medical care, long-term assistance and more.