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Getting a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Mar 3, 2008
When a person gets a mesothelioma diagnosis, he or she is understandably upset and confused. Much of this comes from the fact that a diagnosis is often completely unexpected. This kind of diagnosis usually comes from exposure to asbestos. Cases with no asbestos exposure are so rare as to hardly ever be mentioned.

Even a mesothelioma diagnosis itself is rather rare, because the disease does not occur that often. For individuals who do receive a diagnosis, though, it can be very devastating. In addition, it can be very difficult on their families and friends, who feel that they are faced with potentially losing a loved one.

A diagnosis, however, is not a death sentence. People have a lot more options now than they did in the past when it comes to medical treatment and what kinds of issues can be resolved. This does not mean that everyone will survive, but it also does not mean that everyone with a mesothelioma diagnosis will pass away, either.

One of the most important issues with getting a mesothelioma diagnosis is to get it quickly. A person experiencing the symptoms of mesothelioma - shortness of breath, feeling tired, and chest pain - should not wait to be checked out by a doctor. Getting a diagnosis early on in the progression of the disease is crucial to getting treatment, and rapid treatment is one of the ways to help a person have the best chance of beating the disease and surviving.

A mesothelioma diagnosis is often so unexpected because it can occur even twenty or thirty years after the person was exposed to asbestos, and sometimes longer than that. Some of these people may have completely forgotten that they were even exposed to asbestos, but their bodies have not forgotten, and asbestos fibers can get into the lungs and other areas of the body and remain there, irritating the area until mesothelioma eventually develops.

People who are diagnosed, however, should be aware that there are choices for treatment. Sometimes surgery to remove the mesothelioma itself along with some of the surrounding tissue is important. Other times, radiation treatment of chemotherapy is deemed the best choice. The determination is usually made by a doctor and comes from information about the diagnosis itself.

In other words where the mesothelioma is located, how far it has spread, and the overall health of the patient all play a part in how to respond to a mesothelioma diagnosis.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma, and Avandia. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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