Surgery Options for Mesothelioma Patients

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Surgery Options When You Are Diagnosed With Mesothelioma

No one should have to suffer the devastating effects of workplace asbestos exposure but, unfortunately, more than 14,000 people die from asbestos-related mesothelioma each year in the United States. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer of the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart that is caused by inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers—something workers in many industries were forced to do throughout the 20th century.

If you or a family member is living with a mesothelioma diagnosis, you deserve to be compensated by the company which allowed the exposure to happen. You need information and legal assistance to get the financial compensation you are entitled to. The mesothelioma attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault are experienced in these cases and offer free consultations to mesothelioma patients across the country. You will be undergoing invasive and expensive treatments, which could include major surgery—and you should not have to worry about how you will pay for it.

Surgery as a Treatment for Mesothelioma

The ideal outcome of a surgical procedure for mesothelioma is complete removal of the cancer. However, unless the disease is diagnosed in the very early stages, this is not usually a realistic goal. Instead, surgery may be used to remove some of the cancer or may be recommended to remove an organ—such as a lung—that has become consumed by cancer. Not every mesothelioma patient is a candidate for surgery and other treatment options may be considered. However, if you are facing surgery, learn about the possible options here.

Types of Surgery You May Face

If your doctor believes that surgery is a good option for you, he will likely design a treatment plan that combines surgery with other treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. Depending on the progression of your disease, the goal of your procedure may differ from another patient’s goal. Possible surgical procedures include the following:

  • Cytoreductive surgery. If the disease is widespread, it will not be possible to remove all of it, but the goal of this type of surgery is to remove as much of the cancer as possible. This is major surgery and will only be considered if the patient is relatively strong and healthy. Removing the cancer should alleviate some symptoms and prolong the life of the patient, even if the surgeon is unable to get all of it.
  • Removal of a lung. A more radical type of cytoreductive surgery, your doctor may consider removing the entire diseased lung. This option is usually only considered for patients in the early stage of the disease who have adequate kidney, liver, heart, and lung function. It has been found to prolong the lives of certain patients but is a risky procedure.
  • Symptom management surgeries. Patients with pleural mesothelioma often experience fluid accumulation in the lungs and may require surgery to drain the fluid. Likewise, patients with peritoneal mesothelioma may need surgery to drain fluid accumulating in the abdomen. These are fairly minor procedures but may need to be repeated. Sometimes, more permanent methods of draining fluid are considered.

Because mesothelioma is a rare cancer, very few doctors are experienced in these highly specialized surgeries, and you may be required to travel in order to get the medical help you need. This may not be possible for mesothelioma victims without the financial settlement they deserve from the employer whose negligence led to their exposure to asbestos—even if that exposure was decades ago.

Contact Our Mesothelioma Attorneys

Neblett, Beard & Arsenault represents mesothelioma victims throughout the country and can assist you immediately. We will handle all of the critical details, including access to Social Security disability benefits on an expedited basis. Our goal is to help you navigate the legal system and protect your right to fair compensation. Contact us at (318) 561-2500 today to schedule a consultation and request a download of our free book, Understanding Your Rights After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis.

Richard J. Arsenault
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Recognized by several legal associations, Richard Arsenault has vast experience in complex litigation cases.