Mesothelioma Treatment - Injury Compensation Claim Solicitors - Australia
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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 about the year 2020. Our specialist solicitors deal with all types of asbestos related disease including compensation for asbestosis, pleural disease and asbestos lung cancer with a particular specialism in mesothelioma claim settlements. If you believe that you are suffering from an asbestos related disease we 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, asbestosis, pleural disease and mesothelioma claims on a no win no fee basis. We offer free advice on mesothelioma compensation claims from specialist lawyers with no further obligation.
Mesothelioma is a cancerous condition of the lungs that is almost exclusively associated with exposure to the mineral, asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral that breaks up into microscopic fibres. Some of these fibres are needle-like and very sharp. They are microscopic in nature, easily inhaled and burrow their way into the lungs until they settle on the lining of the lung. After 20-40 years, the cancer forms and the patient gets mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a particularly difficult type of cancer to treat. Even with treatment of mild disease, only about 40 percent of patients are alive at the end of one year. At the end of four years, less than 10 percent of patients will have survived their cancer.
Mesothelioma treatment depends on how severe the disease is at the time of diagnosis. If the disease is potentially curable, more is done to eliminate the cancer and possibly save the patient's life. If the cancer is believed to be advanced and possibly metastatic to other body areas, mesotheioma treatment is palliative and designed to make the patient more comfortable.
Surgery is the primary mesothelioma treatment which is used when it is believed that the cancer has not metastasised to other body areas. The surgeon makes an incision that enters the lung space where the cancer is localized. The cancer is removed along with a large margin of tissue around it. Lymph nodes are usually sampled to see if cancerous cells can be seen in the lymph node tissue.
Surgery is often followed by chemotherapy in order to get rid of any remaining cancer cells within the body. It can also extend life expectancy in people who already have known metastatic disease. The most common form of chemotherapy used in mesothelioma is cisplatin, which more recently has been mixed with pemetrexed, another form of chemotherapeutic treatment. The combination can achieve a remission of the disease or can prolong the life of a patient who has known metastatic disease. Chemotherapy is often done in doses over several weeks while the doctors watch for any signs of advancing disease.
Radiation is the application of intense radio waves directly to the cancerous tissue. It is done when the cancerous tumor was not completely removed or when lymph nodes are involved and the doctor wants to direct radiation to the lymph node area. Radiation can be used after surgery and can be used along with chemotherapeutic treatments to rid the body of cancer cells. Radiation therapy is often used as palliative therapy because it is not invasive and is usually well tolerated, especially in patients who are already frail with cancer.
There are a number of emerging therapies used as mesothelioma treatment. Immunotherapy has been used successfully in other cancers and is being studied for mesothelioma. Immunotherapy is designed to make the immune system stronger so it can fight off cancer cells. It is a way of tricking our own immune system so that it attacks cancer cells and not normal cells.
Photodynamic therapy provides photosensitizing drugs to the tumour and then exposes the tumour to lights, killing the tumour using light. Genetic therapy is also being developed as a means of mesothelioma treatment.
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