More than 2,500 people per year in the UK are diagnosed with mesothelioma. Men are five times more likely to be diagnosed with this asbestos-related disease due to its link with heavy industry, manufacturing and construction.
In almost all cases mesothelioma is caused as a result of exposure to asbestos fibres and dust.
As one of the UK's leading mesothelioma claim solicitors, we have helped many former workers who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, as well as their families. Our asbestos-related disease experts have years of experience assessing and processing claims and can assist you in your pursuit of compensation even if your loved one has passed away.
How is mesothelioma diagnosed?
Various tests and scans will be used to diagnose mesothelioma. The TNM staging system will be applied to assess how advanced the disease is and what treatment is appropriate to manage symptoms effectively.
The TNM staging system analyses the following in cases of mesothelioma:
- (T)The size of the primary tumour and where it has occurred - pleural or peritoneal
- (N)If the mesothelioma cells have spread to the lymph nodes
- (M)If the cells have spread (metastasised) to other areas of the body.
The TNM findings will then class the condition as being at one of four stages - the first stage being the earliest and the fourth being the most advanced.
What treatment options are available?
Depending on the stage of the condition, there are a variety of treatment options available. The treatment a patient receives will also depend on any existing medical conditions they may have and general fitness.
Mesothelioma patients may be recommended for surgery if the disease is diagnosed at an early stage. Peritoneal mesothelioma can be treated with the removal of the tumour, however, this is only available to those with localised abdominal mesothelioma. Those with pleural mesothelioma may be offered one of the following surgical options:
- Pleurectomy – where the pleura is removed from the lung to slow the growth of the mesothelioma and relieve symptoms.
- Extrapleural pneumonectomy – this is an extensive form of surgery only available for those in the very early stages of mesothelioma who have good heart and lung function. This involves the removal of the pleura and the lung.
Surgery is often followed up with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Therapies available for those diagnosed at an advanced stage
When the asbestos cancer is advanced, mesothelioma treatment is mainly palliative - to help control the condition for as long as possible and manage uncomfortable symptoms.
Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or a combination of the two, may also be used for advanced stage patients, to reduce tumour size, relieve symptoms and help sufferers live weeks or even months longer.
Your mesothelioma claim
If your mesothelioma was caused by asbestos exposure at work, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact the Asbestos Claim centre today 0800 508 8747 to talk to our mesothelioma claim solicitors directly. Whether you are the patient or a family member, we understand the importance of handling the claim quickly and in providing the best care possible to minimise distress and ensure your family receives the damages it deserves.