Malignant Mesothelioma Lawyers in Florida
Malignant mesothelioma is considered a rare disease because there are only about 3,000 new cases in the U.S. each year. This disease originates in the mesothelial cells of the membranes that line the lungs, abdomen, the sac around the heart and the male reproductive organs. The most common form of the disease is pleural mesothelioma, which originates in the pleura that line the lungs, followed by peritoneal mesothelioma, which originates in the peritoneum that lines the abdominal cavity.
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What Causes Malignant Mesothelioma
The primary cause of the disease is asbestos exposure, usually as a result of occupational contact. Historically, asbestos was used extensively in occupations associated with construction because of its resistance to fire and chemicals. Chrysotile asbestos, made from serpentine minerals, accounted for approximately 95 percent of all of the asbestos used in this country. Amosite, crocidolite and tremolite, made from amphibole minerals, were used less frequently, but are considered more toxic than chrysotile. However, chrysotile has been shown to cause the development of mesothelioma.
- Symptoms of Malignant Mesothelioma
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent cough
- Chest pain
All of the symptoms of malignant mesothelioma can be associated with a number of medical conditions, making it difficult to diagnose.
Misdiagnosis in Malignant Mesothelioma
In cases of suspected mesothelioma, one of the first tests the patient will be asked to take is a chest x-ray, which usually indicates the presence of a buildup of fluid in the area where the tumor originates. Biopsying the fluid doesn’t always show malignant cells, and the condition can be mistakenly diagnosed as benign.
Another problem that leads to misdiagnosis of malignant mesothelioma is that under a traditional microscope, malignant mesothelioma cells can be confused with adenocarcinoma cells, which look similar. To help avoid misdiagnosis, the cells are viewed under an electron microscope, giving greater resolution so the cells can be differentiated.
Florida Malignant Mesothelioma Research Provides Another Diagnostic Tool
Researchers have investigated the analysis of DNA ploidy, or the number of complete sets of chromosomes in a cell, as an indicator of the prognosis of patients with malignant mesothelioma.
The researchers, operating from the University of Miami School of Medicine, examined tumor specimens from 19 patients with malignant mesothelioma. They observed that eight of those tumors were diploid and 11 were aneuploid (or having a mismatched set of chromosomes because there were either extra or missing chromosomes). One tumor was multiploid, or having more than one gene variation at each place on the DNA strand.
The average survival time for patients with diploid tumors was:
- 19 months from the onset of symptoms
- 16 months from diagnosis
- 14 months from treatment
The average survival time for patients with aneuploid tumors was:
- 8 months from the onset of symptoms
- 7 months from diagnosis
- 7 months from treatment
These findings caused researchers to conclude that patients with diploid tumors lived longer than patients with aneuploid tumors. This means that in the future, DNA ploidy analysis may become a standard diagnostic tool in cases of malignant mesothelioma.
Contact a Florida Malignant Mesothelioma Lawyer
A diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma can drain a family's resources to the point of no return. If you or a loved one is fighting this asbestos-related cancer, our Florida malignant mesothelioma lawyers can meet with you to determine whether you are entitled to compensation due to negligence.