Saturday, November 13, 2010

Mesothelioma Lawyers

A big questions when looking for a lawyer is how to choose a lawyer!

When interviewing a potential lawyer, you should ask what his/her personal experience is with mesothelioma patients, and exactly how many cases have been handled. You can gauge where you could stand after the case is all said and done.

Some lawyers forward cases to a law firm and receive a cut of the payment in exchange. It depends on how you want it to be handled.

It is important to ask the mesothelioma lawyer how all of the expenses and attorney fees will be handled for the case. Be sure to state the status of your insurance (if mesothelioma is covered or not). It could take a long time for the process to be near completion. Usually fees in these cases are based on contingency fee contracts, meaning that the lawyers will get a percentage of the amount the victim receives. If the victims loses, then the attorney will receive zero.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Mesothelioma Insurance

If you have health insurance, you want to make sure that it’s actually going to cover you when you get sick. However, some insurance companies have loopholes that you might fall into, and you wouldn’t be covered for a specific illness. A large number of them don’t cover long-term care very well, and that pose a serious problem for someone who has mesothelioma because won’t have the care needed unless that person can pay for it them self. Most people don’t have the money that they need for long-term care. If you aren’t sure whether your insurance policy covers mesothelioma, it’s a good idea to check and see whether it does. If it doesn’t, and you haven’t been already diagnosed with mesothelioma, you might want to find an insurance policy that will cover you if you should develop the disease.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Clodding for Craig - Mesothelioma Fundraising

On Novermber 19-20, 2010, the Raise Meso Awareness is holding a fundraiser called Clodding for Craig. The walk is from Port Richey, FL to Daytona, FL.

If you would like to support this please donate here.

Please try and make it!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mesothelioma CT Scan

This is a CT scan of a person with mesothelioma. Its a crazy difference between the left and the right lung!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Causes of Mesothelioma

Working with asbestos is the major risk factor for mesothelioma. It occurs when asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested and become stuck in human tissue, causing inflammation or infection. But what exactly is asbestos? Asbestos is a naturally-occurring fibrous substance that was very popular in the 1900 in a number of different industries. When the public became aware of the hazards associated with the mineral, warnings were issued in the mid-1970s and use of it began to decrease

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Signs and Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Symptoms or signs of mesothelioma may not appear until 20 to 50 years (or more) after exposure to asbestos. Shortness of breath, cough, and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleural space (pleural effusion) are often symptoms of pleural mesothelioma.
Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss and cachexia, abdominal swelling and pain due to ascites (a buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity). Other symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever. If the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, trouble swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.
These symptoms may be caused by mesothelioma or by other, less serious conditions.
Mesothelioma that affects the pleura can cause these signs and symptoms:
  • Chest wall pain
  • Pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding the lung
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue or anemia
  • Wheezing, hoarseness, or cough
  • Blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up (hemoptysis)
In severe cases, the person may have many tumor masses. The individual may develop a pneumothorax, or collapse of the lung. The disease may metastasize, or spread, to other parts of the body.
Tumors that affect the abdominal cavity often do not cause symptoms until they are at a late stage. Symptoms include:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Ascites, or an abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen
  • A mass in the abdomen
  • Problems with bowel function
  • Weight loss
In severe cases of the disease, the following signs and symptoms may be present:
  • Blood clots in the veins, which may cause thrombophlebitis
  • Disseminated intravascular coagulation, a disorder causing severe bleeding in many body organs
  • Jaundice, or yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • Low blood sugar level
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pulmonary emboli, or blood clots in the arteries of the lungs
  • Severe ascites
A mesothelioma does not usually spread to the bone, brain, or adrenal glands. Pleural tumors are usually found only on one side of the lungs.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Introduction to Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos.  Malignant cells develop in the mesothelium.  The mesothelium is a protective lining that covers most of the human body's internal organs. The most common location is the pleura which is the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall.   Mesothelioma can also occur in the peritoneum which is the lining of the abdominal cavity, the pericardium which is a sac that surrounds the heart, or in the heart itself.

What do you know about Mesothelioma?