Small Cell Lung Cancer: Another Danger of Asbestos
While most asbestos lawsuits are related to mesothelioma or asbestosis, those are not the only disorders that exposure to this dangerous substance can cause. In fact, small cell lung cancer (SCLC) accounts for 28% of all asbestos-related cancer diagnoses. SCLC is a very serious illness that is difficult to treat and usually has a poor prognosis.
Causes of SCLC
Small cell lung cancer is most common among people who have been ingested asbestos fibers, usually while on the job. Smoking tobacco has also been strongly linked to the development of lung cancer, whereas the risk of lung cancer for a non-smoker is only around 1%. If a person works with asbestos and smokes, these two carcinogens can combine to greatly increase his or her chances of getting cancer.
Symptoms of SCLC
All forms of lung cancer have certain symptoms in common: shortness of breath, chest pain, and blood in the sputum. Additionally, SCLC can affect the body’s hormonal and nervous systems to create symptoms that are not usually seen with other forms of lung cancer. These symptoms include:
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle weakness
- High blood pressure
- Weight gain
- General Weakness
- Weakness of the hip and shoulder muscles
Treatment and Prognosis
Small cell lung cancer spreads very quickly, ruling out the option of surgery for many patients. It is most often treated with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation to the affected area. Unfortunately, the prognosis for SCLC is worse than that of mesothelioma. SCLC has a 5-year survival rate of about 1% unless it is caught and treated very early on.
Contact a Mesothelioma Lawyer
If you have developed small cell lung cancer, mesothelioma, or another lung disease after being exposed to asbestos, contact the mesothelioma lawyers Williams Kherkher at 800-781-3955.