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Stage 4 mesothelioma: symptoms, treatments

Pleural mesothelioma, caused by the inhalation of asbestos into the lungs, has four stages with stage 4 being the final and deadliest. At this stage, the malignant mesothelioma tumors have spread beyond their point of origin into the chest walls, the bones and perhaps several organs, including the liver, prostate and lining of the heart. Louisville residents should know that the median life expectancy for those with stage 4 mesothelioma is 12 months.

Possible signs of malignant mesothelioma

Feb. 4 is World Cancer day, and one of the goals is to create awareness about the signs of symptoms of this disease. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that individuals in Kentucky or any other state could be stricken with. Understanding the warning signs of mesothelioma could make it possible to seek treatment sooner and possibly improve a patient's prognosis. In most cases, the fact that it has progressed relatively far before it is diagnosed makes it a challenge to cure.

What to expect after a mesothelioma diagnosis

Individuals in Kentucky or elsewhere who have peritoneal mesothelioma could live for several years with the condition. An individual patient's prognosis depends on many factors include genetic mutations, the type of cancer cells and how advanced the condition is when a diagnosis is made. How the condition is treated can also play a role in how long a person can live with peritoneal mesothelioma. Those who can get surgery along with heated chemotherapy tend to live the longest.

Sarcomatoid mesothelioma rare but difficult to treat

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that forms in the thin layer of tissue that covers many organ cells. Approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with the disease in Kentucky and across the United States each year. Most mesothelioma cases occur in the lining of the mesothelium in the lungs. The development of mesothelioma has been linked to the inhalation of asbestos fibers.

New information impacts cases against Johnson & Johnson

According to files that have been recently released, there is evidence that Johnson & Johnson executives knew that their brand's baby powder had asbestos in it. This may bolster the cases of Kentucky residents who have filed lawsuits against the company. It has long been established that there is a link between asbestos and mesothelioma. The information that was released gives some insight into how Johnson & Johnson has handled the problem.

Mesothelioma compensation available to help with medical care

Each year, 3,000 people in Kentucky and across the United States are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare type of lung cancer that forms due to asbestos exposure. Most people who have mesothelioma were exposed to the asbestos while working. Mesothelioma has approximately a 40 percent survival rate if it is caught and treated while in its early stages, so getting a proper diagnosis and prompt medical treatment is crucial. Because most cancer cases are work-related, people with the disease may be able to receive compensation.

Shorter-duration radiation therapy may help mesothelioma patients

For Kentucky patients living with mesothelioma, the prognosis often isn't all that good since this is an aggressive form of cancer that's usually detected in later stages. While some cancer specialists believe that immunotherapy - the artificial stimulation of the immune system's natural disease-fighting abilities - has the potential to help patients respond better to treatment, there isn't clear evidence that it is effective with more aggressive types of cancer. This is why there is now a focus within the medical research community on a type of shorter-duration radiation therapy known as hypofractionated radiation.

The benefits of genetic testing for mesothelioma

Kentucky residents may be interested in recent medical developments related to mesothelioma, a condition caused by asbestos exposure. A doctor at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center claims that genetic testing could lead to a more accurate prognosis for malignant mesothelioma, help identify the best possible treatment plans and also help family members determine their risk for the cancer. Back in 2011, this doctor identified the BAP1 gene mutation, which is the only recognized biological mechanism that makes patients more susceptible to mesothelioma.

Talc joins asbestos as risk factor for cancer or mesothelioma

For a long time commercial buildings in Kentucky regularly included asbestos products in their construction to make buildings materials resistant to heat and fire. Subsequent damage or decay of materials could release asbestos fibers that workers breathed into their lungs. This exposure heightened the chance of developing mesothelioma, a serious cancer that invades the pleura or air sacs of lungs. Recently, researchers have begun to link talc exposure to mesothelioma and others cancers. Talc, like asbestos, is a naturally occurring substance, and it is sometimes mined in the same areas that produce asbestos.

Early detection of mesothelioma may soon be a realit

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that develops from the mesothelium, a thin layer of tissue that covers most of the internal organs. The most commonly affected areas are the linings of the lungs and chest wall, and the most common cause of mesothelioma is occupational exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is a particularly insidious disease because it may take decades for the symptoms to appear, which severely limits treatment options in most cases. New hope for potential Louisville sufferers, however, is on the horizon.

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