The Importance of Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an extremely rare cancer which is very dangerous as it can advance on its final stages undetected and can move to other parts of the body quickly. Not only that, there are only a few treatment options available at the moment, which makes it even harder to treat, let alone diagnose properly. However, through early detection and proper diagnosis, mesothelioma can somehow be halted in order for it to not proceed on its final stages. Doctors, however, must properly diagnose their patients in order to determine which method of treatment is best for the patient. Doing this can actually save the patient’s life.

Misdiagnosing Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma can remain undetected until it has advanced to its stage three or four. Once it has reached these stages, it might emulate the symptoms to that of an ordinary flu or pneumonia, which may make it harder for doctors to diagnose, as they will only prescribe medications for flu and pneumonia and send the patient home. But, this misdiagnosis of mesothelioma may cost the patient’s life, as it gives the cancer ample time to spread the cancer throughout the body, progressing into a more life-threatening disease within a few months’ time. Once doctors have found out about mesothelioma, the cancer has finally reached its final stages. This is very saddening for the patient, as this means that he or she has only has a year or two to live at most. Even saddening is that they might not be able to survive long enough to last a year. So, if any of your loved ones have been working in environments wherein he or she is constantly exposed to asbestos, it is very much recommended that you get him or her screened regularly. Doing this may save your loved one’s life, as regular screening may lead to a proper diagnosis of mesothelioma, thus preventing the spread of the cancer throughout the body.

Mesothelioma: The Silent Killer

Mesothelioma, if left unchecked, can spread to nearby organs very quickly. Should a patient be diagnosed with mesothelioma, time is very important and doctors should do additional tests in order to check if the cancer has spread throughout the body or has been metastasized. This is very important as this determines the survival of the patient. As mentioned earlier, early detection and proper diagnosis is important for a patient suffering from mesothelioma. Through this, they can make use of the proper treatment methods and treat it before it is too late.

Survival Rates

Recent statistics show that only 4 out of 10 people inflicted with this disease survive for another year. 1 out of 10 people will survive another five years, while the remaining 3 will survive given that he or she is healthy before this disease struck. Early detection can increase the survival rates of the patient, while late detection can severely decrease the life expectancy of the patient. Late detection, however, is more prevalent as once they have discovered the symptoms of said disease, it is already too late. If you think that you are at risk of developing mesothelioma, you should get screened as soon as possible. By detecting the disease early, you can increase your survival rates. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent people who have been diagnosed with mesothlioma. For more information about their work visit

— Guest post by:
Jonathan Rosenfeld
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers
33 North Dearborn Street
Suite 1930
Chicago, IL 60602
(847) 835-8895
Fax: (847) 572-1331
Toll Free: (888) 424-5757

Author Photo

Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

Rate this Post

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars