There are four types of malignant mesothelioma, each affecting a different part of the body. Where is mesothelioma most common?
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma, accounting for approximately 75% of all new cases. Pleural mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs and commonly causes shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, and fatigue. Typically, treatments include a combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy. While approximately 40% of patients survive one year after diagnosis, these treatments can add months or years to a person’s life expectancy.
Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the abdomen, is the second-most-common form of mesothelioma. Symptoms generally include abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel movements. The most effective treatment is heated chemotherapy. The prognosis for peritoneal mesothelioma is generally relatively favorable, as approximately 1 in 4 patients survive three years.
Pericardial mesothelioma is rare, accounting for roughly 1% of all new cases. Often, patients have trouble breathing and experience chest pain, irregular heartbeat, and persistent cough. Of all the four types, pericardial mesothelioma has the worst prognosis, with only half of patients surviving six months. However, surgery may be effective in extending survival time.
The rarest type of mesothelioma, testicular mesothelioma accounts for less than 1% of all new cases. This form of the disease is typically accompanied by scrotal swelling and the formation of lumps on the testes. Its prognosis is the most favorable, and surgery and chemotherapy may help patients outlive the average two-year life expectancy.
No matter what form of mesothelioma you’ve been diagnosed with, you may be eligible for significant financial compensation in an asbestos claim. There are two types of mesothelioma claims:
- Personal injury claims, which are filed by the people diagnosed with the condition. These claims help to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other related damages.
- Wrongful death claims, which are filed on behalf of a loved one. These claims help the victim’s family recover loss of expected income, medical costs, and related expenses.
Whichever claim you file, hiring the right law firm can make all the difference. Morgan & Morgan is passionate about obtaining the compensation and justice you deserve. For more than 30 years, we’ve been fighting for the rights of victims, recovering more than $9 billion on behalf of our clients. With more than 700 attorneys across 16 states, we have the resources and reach to provide you the best service possible. Morgan & Morgan is a family law firm, treating every client as a lifelong member. Join the Morgan & Morgan family and discover what we can do for you by filling out a risk-free case evaluation form now.