By inhaling asbestos, the tiny fibers reach soft tissue in the chest or abdominal wall lining (pleura, peritoneum or pericardium). The tiny fibers act like needles, creating scar tissue and allowing for mesothelioma tumors (or carcinomas) to appear.
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What’s the problem?
Mesothelioma, like many other cancers, tends to develop in a large mass of cells called a tumor. Being on the mesothelium, the layers of tissue which make up the pleural, peritoneal and pericardial internal organ cavities, a mesothelioma tumor tends to exert force on one of the body’s most vital organs, most commonly the lungs. The pressure resulting from the growing tumor most commonly begins to result in shortness of breath, painful breathing, or a pleural effusion, and eventually reduced dissolved oxygen in the blood. Reduced dissolved oxygen is most noticeable by the clubbing of the fingers and toes but also results in decreased organ function and fatigue.
The most dangerous aspect of a malignant mesothelioma tumor is the fact that it is a very aggressive form of cancer and can quickly spread. Mesothelioma can quickly progress from stage one to stage two as it spreads from one or two very localized tumors to a nearby organ; in the case of pleural mesothelium, the lungs. As the cancer spreads from one tumor and develops new tumors, it becomes increasingly difficult to treat and results in increased symptoms. It is important to diagnose mesothelioma early so tumors can be removed before they have a chance to spread. A mesothelioma tumor needs to be treated by the best possible chemotherapy and radiation treatments to prevent that tumor from spreading further or the development of a new tumor.
Tumors of any part of the mesothelium can be malignant (cancerous) or benign(non-cancerous). A major source of confusion is that malignant mesothelioma is sometimes called simply mesothelioma. However, many benign forms of tumors have traditionally also been called mesothelioma. Fortunately, doctors are now working together to make these terms less confusing.
Do I have a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
The Toxic Tort Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in asbestos-related mesothelioma lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.