Mesothelioma is a cancer which affects the pleura (the lining of the lungs). As the cancer develops it damages the lungs, inhibiting the organ's ability to work at full capacity. Subsequent symptoms, including severe pain and difficulty breathing, have a debilitating effect on an individual and damage quality of life.
The life expectancy of a patient diagnosed with mesothelioma is currently between 12 to 24 months depending upon a variety of factors.
The most vital factor is the stage at which the disease is diagnosed. As symptoms do not tend to present themselves until the cancer has progressed it is most common for a diagnosis to occur during stage three of four of the disease's development - the last stages of development.
Overall health and genetic make-up can also play a factor in how well an individual responds to treatment.
The good news is that more people are now living longer after diagnosis than in previous decades, allowing more precious time to be spent with loved-ones.
Help for mesothelioma patients
For those living with the condition, access to expert care and support facilities is vital.
As well as seeking the services of an experienced team of asbestos solicitors to help you claim compensation, there are a number of ways you can seek other help and support.
Charities such as Mesothelioma UK work diligently to ensure sufferers and their families are supported through the illness.
There are a variety of ways in which you can support mesothelioma charities, including:
- Monetary donation
- Pecuniary legacy
- Volunteer support
- Donation of unwanted goods
How is the money used?
Donations are used to fund scientific research into mesothelioma treatments which could improve the cancer's responsiveness to chemotherapy. A wide range of drug treatments are first tested in the lab and if approved, become subject to clinical trials.
Mesothelioma UK also supports the training of specialist nurses to offer improved care for those living with the condition.
A number of other charities also offer helplines, support groups and care facilities.
Mesothelioma is an industrial disease caused by exposure to asbestos and, as such, many patients, and their families, are able to seek compensation which can be used to fund crucial care support packages.
If you or a loved-one is suffering from mesothelioma, the Asbestos Claim Centre's specialist can assist you in making a claim on a no win no fee basis.
Call 0800 508 8747 today to discuss your case further.