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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?

I have heard that a common type of home insulation may contain deadly asbestos. Is this true?

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?

My father has just been diagnosed with mesothelioma. How did he get it?

I know that most people with cancer undergo chemotherapy and radiation. Are those the only treatments my father will have?

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…]
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