If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to Asbestos, it can be overwhelming to consider what is next. For people who are diagnosed the next question to consider is what treatment options are available. Knowing how advanced the cancer is, is an important factor. Staging is part of the process of determining how much cancer is in the body, and where it is located so a proper care plan can be put into place.
The Spreading of Mesothelioma
Cancers, including mesothelioma can spread from the place where it originated to other parts of the body. The spreading of cancer is called metastasis.
In the case of Mesothelioma, the cancer tends to stay and grow in the cavity where it originated, like the lining of the chest wall.
However, the cancer can spread regionally or distantly to other tissues and organs. Often, the cancer spreads when cancer cells travel through the bloodstream or lymphatic system to other sites in the body. Once mesothelioma cells have spread around the body, they can invade organs and cause secondary tumors to develop.
Early stage mesothelioma that is very localized, often responds better to surgery and chemotherapy. Advanced mesothelioma that has spread, may be harder to surgically remove.
Fortunately, there are many medications and treatments that may be available that can help stop or slow the spread of the cancer. Those diagnosed with late stage mesothelioma should consider getting a second medical opinion to confirm how advanced the cancer is what treatment options may be available.
Contact our Lawyers for Help Finding Medical Care
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, contact our lawyers at Charles Boyk Law today so we can discuss these important issues with you or your loved one. We are experienced with mesothelioma cases and may be able to help you and your family. Contact our caring and compassionate team today.