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Mesothelioma cancer claims life of New York City police officer

Written by Jason Wentworth
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 18:16

It has been reported that a New York City police officer and 9/11 Ground Zero responder passed away from mesothelioma cancer on May 15. 2010. The cancer mesothelioma is an asbestos cancer i.e., it is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was used in many construction products because it is fire-resistant, strong and flexible. Asbestos containing products can release deadly asbestos fibers when they are disturbed. Disturbance of asbestos containing products can be through activities such as cutting or hammering. It is highly probable that during the 9/11 attack, destroyed buildings produced clouds of toxic asbestos dust. This dust was inhaled by rescue workers such as police officers.

Malignant mesothelioma develops years after exposure to asbestos has taken place. There are different types of mesothelioma. Two common types are peritoneal mesothelioma and pleural mesothelioma. Peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the abdominal cavity. Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs and chest wall. For this reason, pleural mesothelioma is often referred to as lung mesothelioma.

There are distinct stages of mesothelioma. It is generally accepted that there are four stages of mesothelioma. In the first stage, mesothelioma cancer is usually present in the lung pleura (membrane surrounding the lungs) and can also be present in the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen. In the second stage of mesothelioma, mesothelioma cancer may be present in the lung pleura, lining of the chest wall, heart cover and possibly, the esophagus. In the third stage, the mesothelioma cancer has probably spread into the abdominal cavity and lymph nodes beyond the chest. In the fourth stage of mesothelioma, the cancer has spread to more distant areas of the body.

Presently, there is no cure for mesothelioma. However, there are a number of palliative mesothelioma treatment approaches that can improve the quality of life for people suffering from mesothelioma. These include chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and photodynamic therapy. Unfortunately however, in many cases, by the time people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, many treatment options are not feasible.

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 learn more about a Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos 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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