Pleural Mesothelioma (Lungs)

Approximately 80-90% of mesothelioma victims contract pleural mesothelioma, a form of the disease that attaches to the lining of the lungs (pleura). Pleural mesothelioma almost always occurs due to exposure to asbestos by breathing it into the lungs, but it doesn’t usually show up for 20-50 years after exposure, although it can be sooner.

What Are the Symptoms?

The most common symptoms associated with pleural mesothelioma are respiratory-related issues including: shortness of breath; chest pain; nagging cough; and fluid buildup around the lungs. Since these symptoms resemble those of the flu, pneumonia or asthma, doctors sometimes misdiagnose the disease at first—which is why you should tell your doctor about any asbestos exposure when the symptoms first appear.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Coughing up blood
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Hoarseness
  • Weight loss

How Is Pleural Mesothelioma Detected?

Doctors may first identify signs of pleural mesothelioma through one of several imaging scans, including X-ray, CT scan, MRI or PET scan. If these images reveal anything suspicious, the doctor will order a biopsy to analyze the tissue and confirm the presence of the disease.

How Is It Treated?

As with most forms of cancer, pleural mesothelioma may be treated through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of strategies. Your doctor will know the best treatment options for your diagnosis. You should discuss your options early-on with your family and loved ones. Researchers and scientists are also exploring with experimental techniques in an attempt to improve effectiveness of treatment.

What Is the Prognosis?

The prognosis for pleural mesothelioma is a difficult one. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, contact a law firm specializing in asbestos-related diseases. This consultation is always FREE with Madeksho Law Firm. There is never a fee, unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

Call the Madeksho Law Firm

Madeksho Law Firm has more than 45 years of experience helping mesothelioma victims and their families receive the compensation they deserve. Among several options, your family may be eligible to file a claim against one or more asbestos trust funds. It is not always necessary to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for an asbestos-related injury. To learn more, call our offices today at 888-910-MESO (6376) for a free consultation.