Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive cancer that accounts for just one percent of the total number of cancer cases that are diagnosed each year. Most mesothelioma cases can be traced back to the previously popular construction material asbestos. This natural mineral was used through the 20th century in insulation, paints, concrete and many more products.
Houses and buildings were being built using asbestos materials through the 1990s, well after a link was discovered between asbestos and cancer. Though this cancer is much more rare than other types, medical professionals fear that the rate in which this occurs with rise as the population of 20th century workers continue to age. Since mesothelioma can lie dormant for upwards of 50 years, many do not know that they have been impacted.
Asbestos enters the body through ingestion or inhalation. When tiny, toxic particles of asbestos are inhaled, they make their way into the respiratory system and imbed themselves within the soft tissues of the lungs. Eventually, the particles come to rest in the pleura, which is the delicate membrane that surrounds the lungs. It is here that mesothelioma develops, irritating the tissues at their cellular structure and causing many pronounced symptoms, such as wheezing.
Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma
Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma make the condition hard to accurately diagnose. Since this is a particularly rare cancer and no cure has yet been found, a quick diagnosis is the key to prolonging a good quality of life. Pleural mesothelioma is often mistaken for other respiratory conditions, such as pneumonia. Even patients themselves wait to go to the doctor, under the belief that their symptoms are not indicating a severe medical condition. Pleural mesothelioma can cause a person to run a fever, experience night sweats, have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, experience chest pain and wheezing.
Wheezing is a noise that is made when a person is breathing inefficiently. In pleural mesothelioma, the narrowing of the airways that bring air in and out of the respiratory system can become compromised under the stress of growing tumors and fluid build up due to inflammation. This will cause the patient to wheeze while they are breathing.
Treating Pleural Mesothelioma and Wheezing
If a person is experiencing wheezing associated with pleural mesothelioma, they will need to see a medical professional for treatment. To correct the wheezing, the pressure must be removed from the air passages. One way that doctors clear this area is by surgically removing the tumors that are in the area. Decreasing the fluid buildup and inflammation can also help to free the airways from restriction. Along with surgery, pleural mesothelioma is treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy and pain management.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a 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 lawyers that have dedicated their practice with the unique focus on asbestos exposure lawsuits. Every claim is unique and taking the time to get connected to the right law firm will impact your claim tremendously.