Peritoneal Mesothelioma Causes, Symptoms, Prognosis and Legal Help
Definition: Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects the thin membrane that surrounds the abdomen, called the peritoneum.
Causes: Peritoneal mesothelioma can develop as a result of inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers.
Frequency: Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common form of asbestos-related cancer. It accounts for 15-20% of all mesothelioma cases, and nearly 500 people are diagnosed yearly with peritoneal mesothelioma in the United States.
Symptoms: Peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms cover a wide range. It can begin harmless enough, closely resembling symptoms of the common flu. As the disease progresses, more severe symptoms emerge.
Stages: Although peritoneal mesothelioma doesn't have an official staging system, over the years, mesothelioma experts and researchers devised an unofficial staging system.
Diagnosis: Like other mesotheliomas, peritoneal mesothelioma is diagnosed via imaging scans and biopsies.
Treatments: Several treatment options that increase lifespan are available for patients diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma.
Prognosis: Prognosis for peritoneal mesothelioma is far better than pleural mesothelioma, patients living up to four times longer. But prognosis also depends on other factors, such as the stage of the disease and age.
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.