Mesothelioma Lawyers Houston, Texas
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects tissue in the lining of the lungs, heart, stomach, and other organs. It often develops in people who inhaled asbestos fibers or were exposed to asbestos in building materials. Many patients who develop mesothelioma die within one year of diagnosis.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we’re familiar with the devastating effects that mesothelioma can have on you and your family. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Call our mesothelioma lawyers at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.
SIGNS, SYMPTOMS, AND DIAGNOSIS
Mesothelioma can sometimes take 30-50 years to develop after a person’s first exposure to asbestos. Common symptoms of mesothelioma may include:
- chest pain,
- coughing up blood,
- shortness of breath,
- and more.
Patients with more advanced forms of mesothelioma also may experience abdominal pain, weight loss, blood clots, and jaundice. Because many of these side effects are similar to those of other lung-related conditions, mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose. A chest X-ray or a CT scan can assist in diagnosis, but a biopsy of the affected area is often necessary.
Treating mesothelioma requires expensive and invasive procedures that may offer minimal benefits for the patient. These treatments can include:
Surgery to treat mesothelioma is generally limited to patients whose cancer hasn’t spread, and it involves removing the lining of the chest wall. In more extreme cases, parts of the diaphragm, the pericardium, nearby lymph nodes, and the lung on the affected side of the body may be removed as well. Patients who undergo surgery for mesothelioma can experience severe complications.
There are two types of chemotherapy used to treat mesothelioma:
- Systemic chemotherapy is administered as a pill or injected into a patient’s vein, entering the bloodstream and circulating throughout the body until it targets the cancer.
- Intrapleural, or intraperitoneal, chemotherapy involve direct injections into the affected area of the body—usually the chest cavity or the abdominal wall.
- Radiation therapy
Radiation is often combined with surgery and chemotherapy and is useful for targeting small tumors that may be difficult or impossible to remove with surgery alone. It can be administered in the hospital or by using an implant placed into or near the tumor.
Mesothelioma cases deserve experienced and knowledgeable legal representation. At Terry Bryant personal injury law, we have the resources to take on any mesothelioma case and get the results you and your family need. Call us today and let us help you get your life back to normal.