Mesothelioma Frequently Asked Questions
My father was just diagnosed with mesothelioma in his stomach. I did not know this was possible. Isn’t it a disease of the lungs?
- The most common site for mesothelioma is the pleura, which is the thin membrane that surrounds your lungs, however this is not the only place where [click to continue…]
I live in an industrial area that used to be a shipbuilding center. Several people I’ve known over the years have developed mesothelioma. The number of cases is alarming to me. Isn’t the cancer rare?
- You are correct that mesothelioma is a relatively rare disease in the general population, however [click to continue…]
My home was built in 1963 and I’ve noticed some unusual pipe wrapping on the hot water pipes in the basement. Do I need to worry about asbestos?
- Exposure to asbestos can occur in homes, especially in older [click to continue…]
I have heard that a common type of home insulation may contain deadly asbestos. Is this true?
- You may be referring to vermiculite. If you have vermiculite insulation in your home [click to continue…]
My uncle was just diagnosed with mesothelioma and I want to learn as much as I can about this disease. Is there a resource available that answers all of my questions about this illness?
- MesotheliomaHelp.Net offers two FREE books that can answer your questions about [click to continue…]
My father has just been diagnosed with mesothelioma. How did he get it?
- Most reported cases of mesothelioma involve individuals that have had jobs [click to continue…]
I know that most people with cancer undergo chemotherapy and radiation. Are those the only treatments my father will have?
- No. There are other treatment modalities that are used such as [click to continue…]
What area of the body does mesothelioma affect? I thought it was a lung disease, but my aunt has it in her stomach.
- Mesothelioma typically develops in the pleura, the thin, protective membrane surrounding the lungs, but there are other types [click to continue…]
Mesothelioma sounds like a very serious cancer. Is there a way to cure the disease?
- Although ongoing research is being conducted to eventually find a cure for mesothelioma [click to continue…]
What does it mean when doctors say mesothelioma has a long “latency” period?
- In the medical world, the terminology “latency period” typically refers to the period of time that passes[click to continue…]
I just read in the paper about a 30-year-old getting mesothelioma because of her father’s job. How could that have happened?
- When you consider the fact that the primary reason for mesothelioma developing is due to the exposure to asbestos [click to continue…]
My brother who is retired from the Navy has been having a lot of difficulty breathing lately. Is it possible that he has an illness related to asbestos exposure?
- When you take the latency (incubation) period of mesothelioma into consideration, it is quite possible that your brother may have been exposed to asbestos when he served in the Navy [click to continue…]
Mesothelioma is sometimes confused with other respiratory illnesses. How do doctors make a diagnosis?
- When mesothelioma is diagnosed, the doctor has most likely performed one of a few specific procedures [click to continue…]
I understand that someone with pleural mesothelioma may experience pain when breathing. What other symptoms might they have?
- The three most common symptoms are coughing, pains in the chest area and shortness of breath. However, there are other symptoms including [click to continue…]
It seems as though I’m hearing more and more about people getting mesothelioma. How common is it in the United States?
- Currently, there are 2,000 to 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma reported annually. Exposure to asbestos is the primary cause of the disease [click to continue…]
I have been a smoker for over 20 years. Can smoking cause me to get mesothelioma or increase my chances of getting the disease?
- As it currently stands, there is no documented evidence to support any association between smoking and mesothelioma. However, if you are a smoker [click to continue…]
We are about to remodel our house. I’ve heard that we could be at risk of getting mesothelioma from the renovation work. Can that really happen?
- If you live in an older home that was constructed during a time where asbestos was used in the construction process, and you are planning on renovating and upgrading the structure, there is a good possibility that you could be exposed to asbestos [click to continue…]
I have mesothelioma and my friend told me about a new drug that is being tested through a clinical trial. How can I find out about all of the available clinical trials that may benefit me?
- If you are one of the 3,000 Americans diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, clinical trials may offer the best available treatment [click to continue…]
I am very upset that my uncle now has mesothelioma because he was exposed to asbestos at his job. Can he file a lawsuit against his former employer?
- When the effects of being exposed to asbestos were first revealed to manufacturers and users of the material, it did not deter them from using it in certain areas of [click to continue…]
Is there any way to prevent mesothelioma?
- The most surefire way to prevent mesothelioma is to avoid asbestos exposure, but if you work [click to continue…]