Mesothelioma remission: there is hope
"When I was told I had six months to [live], I went into shock. I've had two and a half years and every week is a bonus,” said Dave Jones who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in July of 2008. Since his diagnosis, he has had several treatments that are showing very positive results. One of which was a surgical procedure that Dave underwent at the National Cancer Institute near Washington DC. He followed up this procedure with chemotherapy, which caused his mesothelioma to go into remission until 2009.
Dave can trace his disease back to his work as an electrician where he was exposed regularly to asbestos. Since his diagnosis, Dave has sought out clinical trials and new treatments for his cancer. Along the way, he has had the support of his wife and a positive attitude. For Dave Jones, every day is a day his doctors did not think he would see.
"I am lucky we have saved money. When some people are told they have six months, it is six months because they can't afford to do anything,” said Dave. Some of the treatments Dave received were costly, and his travel expenses were entirely out of pocket (thisisdevon.co.uk).
Weitz & Luxenberg wants to help those like Dave Jones in their fight to knock mesothelioma into remission. We can do this by assisting you in filing a lawsuit against those responsible for making you sick. The companies that employed you, or your father, or your uncle, or your grandparents, knew that a certain percentage of their employees were going to become fatally ill from asbestos-related diseases. These companies intentionally withheld this information, and allowed thousands of workers, like yourself, to become exposed to asbestos. So far, 43,073 people have died in America from asbestos-related illnesses (Ewg.org). A lawsuit against these companies can compensate you for all out-of-pocket expenses, and provide you with the financial freedom to pursue new cancer treatments.
For more information about filling a lawsuit, contact us via the form on this page.
Remission is the state in which cancer symptoms stop or decrease. There are two kinds of cancer remission (Websters.com):
Partial remission – this is where symptoms decrease significantly, but the cancer is not completely gone from the body.
Complete remission – This is when the cancer stops entirely or shrinks, and the symptoms do as well.
The cancer does not need to be gone from your body for you to be considered “in remission.” Because there is no definite cure for cancer, even when the tumors do not seem to be present in the body, there is still a chance that the cancer could grow back.
What are my odds of going into remission?
Mesothelioma remission is rare. Most times, mesothelioma is not diagnosed until it is in the “advanced” stages. By then, the cancer covers too much area to remove with surgery. Typical cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy are used mostly to reduce symptoms, but with little expectation that it will have a serious impact on the cancer’s progression (healthline.com).
That being said, there are a handful of people that do experience mesothelioma remission. Some of these individuals call themselves “mesothelioma survivors.” An Australian man named Paul Kraus is one of these “survivors”. He has been living with the disease for nearly 15 years, which is astonishing considering the average life expectancy for someone with mesothelioma is 9 months to one year.
Paul’s body still contains mesothelioma, and he is weaker than he used to be, but he experiences no pain on account of his disease (Survivingmesothelioma.com).
Getting the compensation you deserve
For more than fifty years, companies that installed asbestos had information that asbestos was extremely toxic. They knew that 20 to 40 years after asbestos exposure, people would develop fatal diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Tens of thousands of people have suffered in vain because of these companies’ negligence, but you do not have to.
Weitz & Luxenberg can help you get the compensation you deserve for expenses such as:
- Medical treatment
- Travel expenses
- General pain and suffering
- Hired help needed
- Financial stability for you and your family
Also, a lawsuit can send a message to these companies that people’s lives cannot be disregarded. You still have a voice, and Weitz & Luxenberg can make them hear it. Weitz & Luxenberg is a major law firm with over two decades of successful verdicts concerning asbestos-related litigation. We have the knowledge and the resources to help you receive just compensation for your illness.
To get started, simply fill out the form on this page. After submitting the form, a representative from Weitz & Luxenberg will be in touch with you within 24 hours.