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Mesothelioma Local Metastasis

The cancer mesothelioma is associated almost exclusively with inhalation of asbestos fibers. As a result, most cases of mesothelioma originate in the lungs. Like many other cancers, however, mesothelioma is able to spread to other parts of the body in a process known as metastasis. When cancer metastasizes, it becomes much more difficult to treat.

Mesothelioma usually metastasizes locally, meaning it is usually confined to organs near the lungs. From this position, it can spread to the diaphragm (the tissue separating the chest from the stomach) and the pericardium (the tissue that surrounds the heart). Of course, any cancer that has spread to the heart is a major health risk, but cancer that spreads farther in the body can be even more difficult to treat in the long run.

Mesothelioma Treatment Options

Treatment for mesothelioma usually includes a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. Surgery has not proven as effective for treating mesothelioma as it has with other cancers, but it can sometimes be employed to remove mesothelioma that has not spread. Once it has spread, it would require numerous surgeries to properly remove the cancer. In cases like this, doctors usually prefer to focus on non-surgical treatments, as a long series of surgeries can put the patient at greater risk.

If you have been exposed to asbestos, you are at risk for developing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma frequently metastasizes before patients even experience symptoms, so getting an examination now is critical to survival. Since most asbestos exposure happens in the workplace, an employer may be liable for recklessly exposing you and others to asbestos.

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You can take action now to help not just yourself, but others who have also been exposed to asbestos. By calling the compassionate mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Hart today, you can take the first steps toward seeking justice and healing. To discuss your case with a lawyer, contact us today at 800-781-3955.

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