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Mesothelioma is a serious form of cancer, which is primarily developed after long-term asbestos exposure. Although survival rates for mesothelioma are lower than those for other cancers, there’s reason for patients to hope that will change in the near future: A recent study showed that a new kind of intensive radiotherapy treatment could double survival rates.
Presented by a group of Italian researchers at the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) in April, the study showed that patients who received typical palliative radiotherapy had a 28% survival rate two years later, while those who underwent more aggressive and targeted radiotherapy treatment experienced a 58% survival rate.
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Radiotherapy Treatment and Mesothelioma
Radiotherapy is often used as a palliative care method for mesothelioma patients, as it has been shown to reduce chronic pain and other symptoms. It also can prevent the tumors from spreading, giving patients a stronger chance of surviving the disease. Doctors have previously been skeptical, however, that curative radiotherapy could actually do anything to help patients with advanced mesothelioma.
By giving patients a stronger dose of radiotherapy—delivered directly to the tumor’s location through innovative new methods— researchers hypothesized that this new technique would help patients significantly more than the old methods. This hypothesis turned out to be supported by the data.
Said Dr. Marco Trovo, the lead researcher: “…Radiotherapy has evolved dramatically in the last few years, so we wanted to see if it could now be used to prevent the cancer from spreading to nearby tissue, hopefully bringing improvements in survival.”
Seek Help from Dedicated Asbestos Attorneys
A mesothelioma diagnosis can be frightening, and you may not know where to turn for help after you receive the news. At The Ferraro Law Firm, we’ve dedicated our careers to helping those who have been harmed by exposure to asbestos, and ensuring they get the compensation they need, as well as access to the most advanced medical treatments and therapies. With years of experience, we can guide you through the process of pursuing an asbestos exposure claim and give you the personalized attention you need.
Frequently Asked Questions: Mesothelioma & Asbestos
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a carcinogenic, naturally occurring fibrous mineral. Known for its heat resistance and durability, asbestos has historically been used in insulation, construction materials, automotive parts, and shipbuilding materials.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is made up of small shard-like fibers that can easily become airborne when disturbed. If inhaled or ingested, these fibers can embed within the lining of the lungs, heart, stomach, or testes where they can cause cancer to form years or decades later.
What are asbestos-related diseases?
Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
What causes mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until decades after exposure.
What are the different types of mesothelioma?
Three of the most common types of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma.
What are common mesothelioma symptoms?
Common symptoms of mesothelioma include difficulty breathing and chest pains. Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the stomach, may cause abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal pain, and nausea.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a preventable form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the U.S. military or while working in construction, mechanics, or a similar field, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact The Ferraro Law Firm for a free legal consultation.
What is the life expectancy for someone with mesothelioma?
There is no cure for mesothelioma. However, patients can receive treatments for mesothelioma that may extend their initial prognosis with proper treatment. Those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma usually have a life expectancy that is greater than three years, though a large part of this depends on the stage the patient is diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the longer the life expectancy and chance of long-term survival.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should immediately seek long-term medical treatment. After that, you should contact our firm to examine your legal rights. Since 1985, The Ferraro Law Firm has represented individuals with asbestos-related diseases and pursued fair compensation on their behalf. Our firm is one of the top five law firms in the U.S. handling mesothelioma and asbestos cases.
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