Treatment of Mesothelioma
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The prognosis is not good for most people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma. Unlike many more common forms of cancer, mesothelioma symptoms do not become problematic or obvious until the cancer has already reached advanced stages.
Unfortunately, most people diagnosed with the mesothelioma have fewer than 18 months to live. This is not because the cancer grows quickly, but because the initial diagnosis comes too late.
If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos in the workplace, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Experienced Orlando mesothelioma attorney Stephen J. Knox will fight tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Occupations at High Risk of Asbestos Exposure
If you know you have been exposed to asbestos at some point in your life but have not yet noticed any adverse health effects, you should be examined by a physician. Often, by the time you develop symptoms, it is too late to treat the condition.
Individuals who have the highest risk of developing mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure include:
- Shipbuilders – Asbestos was widely used by shipbuilders during WWII. People who have lived in areas where ships were constructed are also at high risk.
- School teachers – Over 100,000 school buildings still contain some amount of asbestos. Of the female population at risk of developing mesothelioma, current and former school teachers rank highest.
- Manufacturers of asbestos products – This includes asbestos mine workers and anyone who has worked for a manufacturer of consumer goods, construction materials, and other products containing asbestos.
- Construction workers, HVAC technicians, and other tradespeople – Construction materials make up a large percentage of asbestos-containing products.
- Veterans – Veterans who have spent a considerable amount of time aboard ships or submarines have undoubtedly come in contact with asbestos.
As with any form of cancer, early detection can vastly improve your chances of survival beyond the 18 month average. Chemotherapy has proven to be the most successful treatment option. Surgery and radiation therapy have shown mixed results. Because mesothelioma is often in an advanced stage by the time it is diagnosed, many opt for no treatment. Much of this has to do with treatment costs, which can frequently range from $300,000 to $800,000.
Please visit our Causes of Mesothelioma page for more information about this deadly condition.
If you are a resident of the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida area and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact our Orlando personal injury office today to arrange your free case evaluation. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.