Asbestos was linked to the rare, aggressive cancer that is known as mesothelioma. There are four types of mesothelioma cancer that cause a wide variety of symptoms. While coughing is a general symptom that could indicate a multitude of medical conditions, it is associated with mesothelioma—particularly the pleural type. Symptoms of mesothelioma cancer are often confusing, which leads to a late diagnoses. If you are experiencing a persistent cough, seek medical attention from your physician.
Characteristics of Pleural Mesothelioma
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of the condition, making up about 75 percent of all cases. When asbestos particles are inhaled, they end up in the lungs. These particles cannot be expelled once they have entered the body, and slowly worm their way deep inside the soft tissues, before coming to rest in the delicate membrane that surrounds the lungs, known as the pleura.
In its early stages, pleural mesothelioma may not cause any warning signs or symptoms. The asbestos particles irritate the cells, prompting tumors to develop, but it can take decades for the cancer to metastasize. The onset of symptoms can mimic other respiratory conditions, such as pneumonia. Fluid build up and the thickening of the pleura leads to chest pains, shortness of breath and a persistent cough. In more advanced stages, patients may cough up blood and have lumps under the skin of the chest.
Diagnosing and Treating Pleural Mesothelioma
Though the prognosis for pleural mesothelioma is generally poor, having an early diagnosis and referral to a specialist can diversify treatment options and give patients the best chance to improve their prognosis. Pleural mesothelioma is normally treated with a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, pain management and nutrition recommendations. Treating a cough that is associated with mesothelioma begins with treating the condition itself. A cough can lead to more conditions, such as hoarseness or irritation in the throat that makes it difficult to swallow, so treating this secondary condition is important.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma or any other type of mesothelioma that was related to the prolonged exposure to asbestos, contact Mesowatch. Our team understands the importance to get connected with the right asbestos and mesothelioma lawyer that has dedicated their practice with the unique focus on asbestos-related lawsuits.