Mesothelioma Diagnostic Surgery
Diagnosing mesothelioma is a difficult process. As a cancer almost exclusively associated with asbestos exposure, mesothelioma can take many forms in the body. Although it most commonly begins in the lungs, it can also develop elsewhere in the chest cavity. Even the types of cancerous cells can vary between patients. Those factors can make it challenging to properly diagnose mesothelioma. However, if you have any history of asbestos exposure, there are medical and legal steps you can take to protect your rights.
As with many other cancer diagnoses, performing a biopsy is one of the most important steps in understanding what form of mesothelioma a patient has. Performing a biopsy means taking a small tissue sample from a tumor to be analyzed under a microscope. While biopsies are considered to be a form of surgery, today they are less invasive than ever before. In combination with other diagnostic methods, biopsies provide your doctor with a detailed understanding of your condition.
Before a precise biopsy can be performed, however, doctors typically use other diagnostic methods to pinpoint a tumor. Your doctor might request a CT scan, where a series of high-resolution x-rays gives your doctor a 3d model of your body that shows the locations of the tumors. MRIs are another type of diagnostic scan that can help your doctor reach a diagnosis.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, getting screened for mesothelioma as soon as possible is the best way to protect your health and improve your survival odds. If you believe you may have an asbestos-related condition such as mesothelioma, you are entitled to take legal action against the people responsible for your condition. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and suffering.