How Can an Early Diagnosis Help Mesothelioma Patients?
When dealing with any sickness, being diagnosed early on can give you a better chance at making a full and quick recovery. With cancers, and especially rare cancers like mesothelioma, an early diagnosis can be the difference between life and death for patients. There are different ways that you can get an early diagnosis, but many mesothelioma patients are diagnosed when the cancer has already progressed to late stages.
Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is difficult enough, but when someone else’s negligence is what led to your diagnosis, you deserve to hold them accountable for the harm they’ve caused to your health. A mesothelioma lawyer from Frost Law Firm, PC can help you recover what you’re owed so you can support yourself and your family through these tough times.
Early Diagnosis Advantages
When cancers are spotted early, there are better chances that a patient can be properly treated and even potentially recover from the diagnosis. Unfortunately, many people who have mesothelioma are not diagnosed early because they don’t go to the doctor until they are experiencing symptoms, like shortness of breath.
According to the American Cancer Society, many symptoms of mesothelioma are symptoms of other illnesses or less serious ailments. Even though a person might not see a doctor unless they have symptoms, if a person has been exposed to asbestos, whether in their home or workplace, then they should be examined to see if they have developed cancer.
Your employer or landlord should alert you if you’ve been exposed to asbestos. Since it is known to cause mesothelioma and put people at risk for serious medical problems, they should alert you so that you can get regularly tested and possibly get an early diagnosis.
Early diagnosis could be the difference between life and death for mesothelioma patients. Typically, the location of the cancer cells makes them hard or impossible to remove because they’re found in late stages where they’ve spread. With early detection, patients could identify tumors and cancer cells and have better chances that they can be safely removed.
Let’s take a look at the different types of tests that help mesothelioma patients get an early diagnosis.
Screening Tests That Can Be Done
The American Cancer Society lists the different testing options that potential mesothelioma patients can utilize to help early detection. Even though the symptoms for mesothelioma can be signs of less severe and common illnesses, any symptoms should be screened when a worker or person has been exposed to asbestos.
Here are the screening methods that doctors can utilize to assist with early detection:
- Chest X-rays
- CT scans
- Blood tests for fibulin-3
- Blood tests for soluble mesothelin-related peptides (SMRP)
While these tests can’t guarantee that mesothelioma will be detected early for a patient, they are options that could possibly give a patient a better chance at recovery and getting treatment before it’s too late. If a patient regularly gets these screening tests done, their doctor can easily compare their results and spot any changes in their health that could point to them developing mesothelioma.
Frost Law Firm, PC Will Fight for You
A mesothelioma diagnosis can leave a patient feeling vulnerable and confused. At Frost Law Firm, PC, we believe that you shouldn’t have to go through this alone, especially when you were wrongfully exposed to asbestos that caused your cancer. We’ll investigate who was responsible for your exposure, and how we can hold them accountable for your damages.
You shouldn’t have to worry about supporting yourself or your family after a diagnosis of mesothelioma. We’ll fight to get you full and fair compensation and keep you from settling for less than you deserve. Reach out to our office today so we can start helping you right away.