Pain treatment for asbestos-related mesothelioma cancer
Every Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos cancer attorney understands the emotional and financial complexities of losing a family member to an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma – and exactly what is required to negotiate maximum compensation for the injured party. Learn about pleurodesis surgery, below.
What is pleurodesis surgery?
June 15, 2010 – Pleurodesis is a surgical procedure often used to help newly diagnosed mesothelioma patients to breathe easier and to reduce coughing and chest pain, common symptoms of mesothelioma.
The procedure is used to treat “pleural effusion,” which is the buildup of fluid in the chest cavity between the lungs and their lining, called the pleural space. The fluid interferes with the breathing functions of the lungs.
Technically, the process of pleurodesis is used to eliminate the pleural space so fluid cannot continue to collect. Doctors perform this procedure by draining the fluid and inserting a talc-like substance that causes inflammation, which serves to seal the pleural space.
Pleurodesis surgery options
There are two methods doctors may use during pleurodesis surgery to produce this inflammation; one is a chemical method, the other is a surgical procedure.
Cancer doctors usually achieve inflammation chemically, but doctors will sometimes use a surgical procedure to irritate the tissue. When the surgical method is performed, it is common for some of the suspicious tissue to be removed.
After recovering from pleurodesis surgery, mesothelioma patients should experience less pain and an improvement in their breathing ability.
Mesothelioma is a preventable cancer caused primarily by occupational asbestos exposure. The disease is usually the result of negligence by employers and asbestos product manufacturers who deliberately overlook work-site health safety to lower expenses and boost profits.
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