Peritoneal Mesothelioma: Abdominal Asbestos Cancer

mesotheliomaUnlike pleural mesothelioma, which is more common, peritoneal mesothelioma only accounts for less than 20% of asbestos-related cancer. It develops on the lining of the abdomen and only begins to show symptoms 20 to 50 years after one is first exposed to asbestos. Initial symptoms include abdominal pain, abdominal distension, swelling or tenderness around the abdomen, and constipation or diarrhea.

Those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma typically have a life expectancy that is greater than three years, though a large part of this depends on the stage at which a patient is diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the longer the life expectancy and chance of long-term survival. However, like all types of asbestos-related cancer, peritoneal mesothelioma is not curable.

Peritoneal mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure in two different ways:

  • Asbestos fibers are swallowed and travel from the digestive system to the peritoneum.
  • Asbestos fibers are inhaled and reach the peritoneum through the lymphatic system.

Given that peritoneal mesothelioma is not as common as other types of mesothelioma, clinical trials for it are not as plentiful as they are for others. However, researchers are studying the role immunotherapy may have when combined with chemotherapy, hoping that it may help control the cancer by boosting the body’s immune system. Thus far, the most successful form of treatment has been a combination of surgery and a heated chemotherapy solution, which many patients have claimed contributed to their lengthened survival.

The Ferraro Law Firm has been winning cases for more than 30 years, obtaining justice for victims and holding the powerful accountable. Despite the banning of asbestos, many major companies continued to use it and attempted to suppress evidence that linked this dangerous mineral to fatal conditions. You have the right to take legal action against them. Speak with a Miami mesothelioma lawyer from our law firm today.

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