What to Expect During End Stage Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a terminal illness that develops years after exposure to asbestos. This exposure could have happened from living or working in a building that had asbestos containing materials or if someone worked in construction and they were around asbestos. It’s likely that the exposure to asbestos, and the resulting mesothelioma diagnosis, happened because of negligence. If this was the case, a Hawaii mesothelioma lawyer from Frost Law Firm, PC can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
When you or someone you love has end-stage mesothelioma, we understand how difficult this time can be. Our lawyers will stand by your family’s side and help you with the legal process so you don’t have to worry about it. You can focus on being with your family.
What Are the Symptoms of End Stage Mesothelioma?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you’re likely wondering about the stage it’s in and the prognosis. Your treatment options may vary depending on when the mesothelioma is caught. Sometimes, it may go undiagnosed until it’s in advanced stages.
When mesothelioma has progressed to stage 4, it has metastasized, or spread from its original area to other parts of the body. This can make treatment difficult because in previous stages, the cancer may be in one region, which makes it easier to target.
Those with end stage mesothelioma may experience the following symptoms:
- Feeling uncomfortable, fatigued
- Having trouble with swallowing and breathing
- Feeling pain in chest, abdomen
- Loss of appetite
- Coughing up blood
These symptoms are painful and those suffering from them may wonder about their options. Let’s take a look at the care that is available to those with end stage mesothelioma.
Treating End Stage Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma does not have a cure and treatment focuses on extending the person’s life for as long as possible. In earlier stages, some may undergo surgery to remove tumors, and then undergo other treatments to prevent the cancer from coming back. However, end stage mesothelioma is different because of how the cancer has progressed.
At this stage, there are a few options still available. Patients may have treatment that includes chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation. These can still extend a patient’s life and also possibly shrink tumors.
The other part of treatment includes palliative care, which focuses on treating symptoms and giving the patient a higher quality of life. While the symptoms can be painful, palliative care can help alleviate that pain. This way, the patient can focus on enjoying time with their family instead of focusing on the illness.
There are clinical trials that a patient can participate in if they qualify for the treatment. This may produce positive results, but that isn’t a guarantee.
As you can see, there are ways to treat end-stage mesothelioma, but it is more focused on shrinking the tumors that are present, as they can grow on vital organs, and making the patient comfortable.
If you’re looking into treatments, whether it’s for you or a loved one, you may wonder how you’re going to afford the necessary care to live comfortably and maintain as high a quality of life as possible. That’s where our mesothelioma attorneys step in.
Seek Legal Options with a Hawaii Mesothelioma Lawyer
We help clients who were wrongfully exposed to asbestos receive fair compensation so they can get the treatment they deserve without having to worry about how they’re going to pay the medical bills. Frost Law Firm, PC has years of experience in fighting for people who have developed mesothelioma and we’re ready to help you as well.
With our lawyers at your side, you won’t need to worry about the complexities that come with a legal claim. We’ll do everything we can to make this process as smooth as possible so you can get the justice you deserve.
We’ll research how you were exposed and find out who was responsible for the exposure. Our attorneys will go over all your legal options to maximize your compensation.
If you served in the military, you may have been exposed to asbestos used in barracks, ships, and aircraft. As a veteran, you also may have other options to get fair compensation and benefits.
If the company you worked for is the reason why your asbestos exposure occurred, you may be eligible to benefit from their asbestos trust fund, if they have one.
Start your legal journey today and get in touch with our office. We’ll look at your options in a free consultation and find the best way for you to move forward.
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