It is difficult for medical professionals to make a diagnosis of mesothelioma cancer.
According to the Mayo Clinic, making a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis is often difficult because the symptoms are similar to those of several other conditions.
The first step to diagnosis of mesothelioma cancer involves reviewing the medical history of the patient. This would include a history of asbestos exposure.
Next, is a complete physical examination, which may include X-rays of the chest or abdomen and lung function tests to help determine the cancer diagnosis.
The Mayo Clinic indicates that a computed tomography (CT) scan or an MRI may also be useful. Computed Tomography (CT) A CT scan produces detailed pictures of areas inside the body using a computer linked to an X-ray machine.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) may also be conducted to confirm a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis.
An MRI uses powerful magnets and radio waves to produce a detailed, three-dimensional view of the areas where mesothelioma is suspected.
Following that is a biopsy. It is the most comprehensive test for making a mesothelioma diagnosis.
A biopsy (tissue sample) of affected or suspicious tissues is taken, with microscopic examination by a pathologist.
That step to diagnosis is then followed by staging. Once a diagnosis is made, physicians determine the stage (progression) of the cancer by using a chest X-ray, CT scan or an MRI to determine its location within the body and to select the most effective treatment.
Many people have come forward to say their work or home environment led to a diagnosis of mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer or another one of the cancers associated with asbestos.
If this has been your experience, our asbestos lawyers may be able to help you receive compensation for your health problems.
For over two decades, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. has handled some of the most legally complicated and groundbreaking asbestos litigation in the country, winning many millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements along the way.
Men and women diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure or secondary exposure may be entitled to compensation from the companies responsible for their disease.
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