Pericardial Mesothelioma Causes, Symptoms, Prognosis and Legal Help
Definition: Pericardial mesothelioma is the least common type of mesothelioma cancer. It affects the pericardium, the thin membrane that surrounds the heart.
Causes: What causes pericardial mesothelioma is not yet fully understood, but many cases reported that a triggering factor was inhaling asbestos fibers.
Frequency: Pericardial mesothelioma is the third most common form of asbestos-related cancer. It accounts for only 1-2% of all mesothelioma cases, with less than 50 people being diagnosed yearly in the United States.
Symptoms: Symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma can closely resemble those of other heart conditions. A thorough examination is required to rule out possibilities.
Stages: Pericardial mesothelioma doesn't have an official staging system in place, given the rarity of this disease. Instead, a more typical cancer staging system exists, to help doctors accurately diagnose the illness.
Diagnosis: Pericardial mesothelioma is diagnosed in the same manner as the other forms of mesothelioma, via imaging scans and biopsies.
Treatments: Over the years, multiple procedures have been developed to help patients with pericardial mesothelioma live longer.
Prognosis: Mesothelioma life expectancy often ranges from about 6 to 21 months. However, there are many factors that contribute to life expectancy and each patient is unique. Through treatment and healthy habits some patients can outlive their prognosis significantly. The patient's overall health and age are also significant factors in the prognosis.
Legal Options: In many cases, Flint Law Firm can get compensation quickly (few short monthss) that can help with medical bills, copays, travel costs for treatment, and other unanticipated expenses.