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Asbestos Lung Cancer Solicitors - Injury Compensation Claims - Australia

LAWYER HELPLINE: 1800 339 958

Asbestos related diseases have been recognised for more than a century however it is only since 1991 that the use of asbestos and asbestos products has been outlawed in Australia. Due to the long period of time passing (the latency period) between exposure to asbestos fibres and development of obvious symptoms, which can be as long as 50 years after exposure, it is anticipated that new diagnoses of asbestos related diseases will continue to rise until after the year 2020. Our specialist solicitors deal with all types of asbestos related disease including compensation for asbestosis, pleural disease, mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer. If you believe that you are suffering from an asbestos related disease our asbestos lung cancer solicitors are able to arrange for you to be urgently examined by a medical consultant. We are able to provide detailed legal advice and pursue lung cancer compensation claims on a no win no fee basis. Our asbestos lung cancer solicitors offer advice at no cost, with no further obligation.

Asbestos Lung Cancer

Asbestos is a mineral that breaks up into tiny needle-like fibres that are not soluble in water and do not clear from the lungs once inhaled. It causes many different lung conditions, including pleural plaques, pleural effusions malignant mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancers.

Asbestos-related lung cancers are those lung cancers that have been associated with a long history of asbestos exposure or a brief exposure to great amounts of asbestos. It causes irritation of the lungs, particularly near the bronchial tree that moves the air to and from the air exchanging parts of the lungs or the alveoli.

With asbestos, the needle fibers usually travel through the lungs to the lining of the lungs, where mesothelioma forms. Some fibres, however, enter the lungs and then stay in the area of the bronchial tree, where they form a cancer.

The two types of asbestos-related lung cancer that are not mesothelioma include non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer makes up about 80 percent of all cancers and small cell cancer makes up 20 percent of all cases. Of the two, small cell cancers are the deadliest, with the survival rate of limited small cell lung cancer being only 14 percent after 5 years. The average survival time is about 6-12 months with treatment and only 2-4 months without treatment.

With non-small cell cancer, the five year survival rate for the best stage of cancer is 49 percent. For the worst stage of this type of lung cancer has a five year survival rate of 1 percent. Fortunately, not everyone who is exposed to asbestos get lung cancer as a result. Smoking seems to be related to getting lung cancer, especially when associated with asbestos exposure.

Regular lung cancer (not mesothelioma) often starts with a cough that won't go away, associated with shortness of breath, weight loss, malaise and the coughing up of blood. The symptoms can come on all of a sudden or can occur gradually. Sometimes the first sign is a pneumonia that doesn't easily go away even with antibiotics. This is because the cancer is blocking the bronchial tree, allowing bacteria to proliferate just behind the cancer. It's only after the pneumonia is cleared that the cancer is visualized on x-ray.

Cancer of the lung can be diagnosed by chest x-ray, CT scan of the lungs or an MRI scan of the lungs. This can show the mass on the lung tissue as well as any swollen, cancerous lymph nodes, usually located near the heart or between the lung halves. To make the diagnosis, a bronchoscope can be passed through the bronchial tree to visualize and biopsy the cancerous tissue. If the cancer is not near a major bronchus, then an open lung biopsy is done to find out what kind of cancer the tumour is, which can dictate treatment.

The treatment of lung cancer depends on the type of cancer found in the biopsy. Non-small cell cancer is treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Small cell cancer has been found not to be any better with surgical resection but is very radio-sensitive and sensitive to chemotherapy.

LAWYER HELPLINE: 1800 339 958