Common symptoms for pleural mesothelioma (also called mesothelioma of the chest), include the following:
The American Cancer Society cautions of groups of symptoms that may appear to be common and insignificant but could be indications of mesothelioma. If a patient misinterprets the symptoms and ignores them, it could affect their options for treatment later. These early symptoms of mesothelioma are easily confused with other health conditions. Most mesothelioma patients experience these early symptoms of the disease months before they are diagnosed, the American Cancer Society reports.
Again, although these general symptoms generally are caused by other medical problems, you should not ignore them or disregard them as such. Especially for people who have been exposed to asbestos, it is very important to seek medical attention if you experience the below symptoms.
The general symptoms that may or may not be symptomatic of mesothelioma include:
Any cancer condition benefits significantly from early detection, and mesothelioma is no different. An earlier diagnosis opens the potential for more treatment options than would be available at a later diagnosis.
Although doctors do not recommend mesothelioma screening tests for individuals who are not at high risk for developing cancer, this is not the case for people who have been exposed to asbestos.
Exposure to asbestos greatly heightens a person’s risk of developing pleural mesothelioma. Many members of the medical industry recommend that such individuals undergo regular imaging tests to check for signs of cancer in the outer covering of the lungs. These imaging tests may also reveal lung cancer, which is another risk for people who have been exposed to asbestos. If you believe you exhibit symptoms of mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos, speak with a doctor right away to secure a diagnosis.
Generally, your doctor will order specific types of imaging tests to further diagnose or check the status of mesothelioma. Using these imaging tests, doctors will:
Doctors can choose from a variety of imaging tests, each suited for particular needs in the diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma. Some of these imaging tests include:
You may be able to receive compensation if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos. This compensation would cover your medical expenses and treatment, pain and suffering, lost income and benefits, and other damages.