Mesothelioma patient outlives predicted life expectancy

Written by Jason Wentworth
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 21:34

It has been reported that a retired salesman who was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in April 2006 far outlived his life expectancy when he passed away on May 4, 2010 at the age of 60. Frequently, people suffering from mesothelioma only live a few months after being diagnosed with the disease. Mesothelioma cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral that was used in many products.

Background information on mesothelioma

Asbestos exposure can lead to various types of mesothelioma. Two types are pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs. Peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer of the abdominal lining. At the present time, there is no cure for mesothelioma but clinical trials for experimental drugs for mesothelioma are currently underway. Further, there are mesothelioma treatment techniques that have shown some effectiveness in some mesothelioma patients. One such treatment technique is photodynamic therapy (PDT). Photodynamic therapy involves the use of a specific type of light to kill mesothelioma cancer cells.

Who is at risk for developing mesothelioma cancer?

Generally, people who have worked with asbestos-containing products are at highest risk for developing the asbestos cancer mesothelioma. Asbestos was used in automotive products and construction products because asbestos is heat and fire resistant. Consequently, workers such as mechanics, construction workers, plumbers and boilermakers are at risk of being exposed to asbestos and developing malignant mesothelioma cancer. In addition, household members of people who work with asbestos-containing products are also at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer from secondary asbestos exposure. This is because asbestos fibers can cling to the clothing of people who work with asbestos products. When these workers return home from work, their household members can inhale those fibers during activities such as clothes washing.

Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma attorneys can help

Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma attorneys are among the leading mesothelioma lawyers in the U.S. The firm has been specializing in mesothelioma cancer cases since 1986 and has won millions of dollars for thousands of people suffering from mesothelioma. Weitz & Luxenberg accepts mesothelioma cancer cases from all regions of the U.S. and certain regions of Canada. Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos lawyers have been recognized as the “Best Lawyers of New York” by New York Magazine. To contact a Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma attorney, visit http://www.weitzlux.com. To learn about jobs that involve the risk of asbestos exposure, visit http://www.mesotheliomajobs.com.

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