The American Cancer Society says different forms of surgery might be used to treat some forms of mesothelioma.
Major surgery might be needed to attempt a cure – or at least extend the patient’s life — if he or she is otherwise in good health and the tumor appears to be in only one place. In most cases, though, the cancer has spread to other places before it is found and surgery will only relieve symptoms.
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelium, which is the protective lining that covers many of the body’s internal organs. In the vast majority of cases, it’s caused by exposure to asbestos.
The ACS lists the following types of cancer for which surgery is sometimes performed:
- Pleural mesothelioma, affecting the linings of the lungs.
- Peritoneal mesothelioma, affecting the lining of the abdomen.
- Pericardial mesothelioma, or the sac around the heart.
- Mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis testis.
If you or a loved one have contracted mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, contact Lopez McHugh for a free consultation.
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