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Malignant Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the abdomen, lining of lungs, heart and major organs of the body. Mesothelioma cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos through the ingestion or inhaling of toxic microscopic asbestos fibers.

Once Inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers get lodged in body tissue causing inflammation which leads to the development of Mesothelioma cancer. These microscopic asbestos fibers can lay dormant in your body for 10-50 years.  

Asbestos manufacturing companies knew of the deadly effects of asbestos exposure as far back as 1924 when the first Mesothelioma case was recorded in medical journals.   

Asbestos manufacturers also knew as far back as the early 1960’s that secondhand asbestos exposure to the families of workers could also cause Mesothelioma.

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What Are Mesothelioma Symptoms?

Mesothelioma Symptoms Can Include:

Abdominal Pain & Swelling
Bowel Obstruction
Blood Clotting Chest
Pain Under Rib Cage
Chronic Cough (Can be Wet or Dry cough)
Difficulty Breathing
Difficulty Swallowing
Fluid in the Lungs
Lumps of Tissue in the Abdomen
Painful When Coughing
Shortness of Breath
Unexplained Weight Loss

Quick Facts About Mesothelioma Treatment   

Epithelioid Mesothelioma cell type is the most responsive to Mesothelioma treatments. 

Mesothelioma tumors are most likely to develop in the lining surrounding a patients lungs or abdomen.  

Mesothelioma Treatment is based on a patients specific type of Mesothelioma including the microscopic cells that make up the cancer.


The average life expectancy for a malignant Mesothelioma patient is 6-18 months from date of diagnosis (American Thoracic Society and the British Thoracic Society).  

The statue of limitations for filing an a asbestos claim starts when a person is diagnosed, not when they were exposed.

How is Mesothelioma Diagnosed?

Mesothelioma is often misdiagnosed as bronchitis, pneumonia, and COPD in its early stages (1-2). If you have a history of asbestos exposure you should see a doctor once a year to get tested.  

Since Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer it is important for patients to be examined by a doctor who specializes in Mesothelioma cancer.   

Mesothelioma is often misdiagnosed as bronchitis, pneumonia, and COPD in its early stages (1-2). If you have a history of asbestos exposure you should see a doctor once a year to get tested.

Mesothelioma Diagnostic Methods

Blood Tests (Tumor  Markers)    

Chest X-Ray    

CT Scan (Computed Tomography) 


Endoscopic Biopsies    

Imaging Tests    

Immunohistochemistry (IHC) Laparoscopy    


Medical History and Physical Exam 

MRI Scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)    

Needle Biopsies    

Open Surgical Biopsy    

PET Scan (Positron Emission Tomography)    


Pulmonary Function Tests    

Removing Fluid for testing    

Test of Tissue Samples    

Tests of Fluid Samples    


Types of Mesothelioma  

Pleural Mesothelioma [Lungs]

Peritoneal Mesothelioma [Abdomen

Pericardial Mesothelioma [Heart]

Abdominal Mesothelioma 

Biphasic Mesothelioma 

Epithelial malignant Mesothelioma

Chrysotile Peritoneal Mesothelioma 

Malignant Mesothelioma Cystic Mesothelioma 

Testicular Mesothelioma  

There are about 3500 Mesothelioma cancer cases diagnosed in the U. S. each year. 

Mesothelioma Stages 1-4

After a patient is diagnosed with malignant Mesothelioma cancer, doctors will assign what is called Staging, to determine the best treatment options.

Mesothelioma Cancer Stages 1-4

Mesothelioma Stage 1 – Mesothelioma tumors are found in the pleura area of the lung, pericardium (heart lining)  or diaphragm.

Mesothelioma Stage 2 - Mesothelioma tumors are found in the lining of the lungs and may involve lymph nodes in the chest area.

Mesothelioma Stage 3 - Mesothelioma tumors have extended into the chest cavity, ribs, heart or into the abdominal lining.

Mesothelioma Stage 4 - Mesothelioma tumors have spread through the bloodstream into other parts of the body.

Mesothelioma Life Expectancy

Mesothelioma Life expectancy is typically measured in months. The median life expectancy for Mesothelioma Cancer patients is 12 to 21 months.

There are documented patients with longer survival times. There are documented patients that have lived 10-15 years after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma.  

Mesothelioma life expectancy also varies with cell type, tumor location, years of asbestos exposure and the type of treatments.

Mesothelioma Life Expectancy Based on Stages 1-4

Stage 1 — 21 months
Stage 2 — 19 months
Stage 3 — 16 months
Stage 4 — 12 months

Who is Eligible for Asbestos Trust Funds?

More than 15,000 Americans Will Die From an Asbestos Disease Each Year.

If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation if you can show that you have developed Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure from your military service.     

Our Mesothelioma lawyers will come to you and gather all the information needed to file your Mesothelioma lawsuit. Many of our clients never have to leave the comfort of their home to receive compensation for asbestos exposure.

Who is Eligible For Asbestos Trust Funds?

Asbestos manufacturers of products and materials have admitted fault and set up trust funds to compensate workers for their asbestos exposure.

There is more than 30 billion dollars in asbestos trust funds for patients diagnosed with Mesothelioma cancer, asbestos lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. If you know someone who has Mesothelioma, contact us to learn more about your legal rights for asbestos compensation.  
Workers diagnosed with Mesothelioma have legal rights and may be eligible to recover compensation from negligent asbestos companies and asbestos trust funds.   

Get a free consultation from an experienced Mesothelioma lawyer to know if you have a valid legal claim today.

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