Inhaling asbestos can lead to the development of cancerous tissue within the lungs. As asbestos fibers split into smaller portions, they eventually become so small that they interfere with the process where cells are replenished, known as mitosis.
Types of Lung Cancers Caused by Asbestos Exposure
There are two notable types of lung cancer which rarely appear outside of patients who have asbestos exposure in their backgrounds.
- Adenocarcinoma (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer)
- Pseudomesotheliomatous Lung Cancer (Small Cell Lung Cancer)
Both are highly malignant and prone to metastasize from the lungs to the liver, brain, lymph nodes and other organs.
Other types of lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure include more general small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer varieties.
Small cell cancers spread (metastasize) quickly and are more difficult to treat because they tend to grow in small pockets throughout the affected area.
Non-small cell cancers are often clustered closer together and spread less quickly. They can sometimes offer more treatment options to victims because their growth is more identifiable than small cell varieties.
What Is the Life Expectancy for Asbestos-Related Lung Cancers?
Life expectancy of mesothelioma can vary significantly based upon the prior health of the individual, the primary site of the cancerous growth, the level of metastization, and other factors. Because of the variety of diagnoses and their unknown causes, assembling life expectancy data just on asbestos-caused lung cancers would be difficult. However, the prognosis and remission rate of cancers like adenocarcinoma is considered poor.
What Are the Treatment Options for Asbestos-Caused Lung Cancer?
Treatment options vary on the health of the patient, the size and location of the tumor and other factors.
Surgical removal of partial lung lobes, complete lung lobes or an entire lung is possible. Caught early enough, surgery in combination with chemotherapy and radiation is considered the most effective treatment. Diet and lifestyle changes may also be recommended.
What Are the Symptoms of Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer?
Symptoms take 10 to 40 years to appear, and include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty swallowing
- Persistent dry cough
- Weight loss or loss of appetite
Can I File a Personal Injury Case for My Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer?
Yes. The potential liable parties responsible for your exposure can be ordered to pay damages for health expenses as well as the pain, suffering, and emotional toll the cancer has taken on you and your family. Contact our legal team to learn more about your potential compensation that may be due.
If you or someone close to you have been diagnosed with lung cancer or mesothelioma related to asbestos exposure, call immediately. You will receive immediate assistance as well as a free, confidential case evaluation. Our legal team will handle your case and identify all possible liable parties and trust funds available.