If you have recently been diagnosed with benign mesothelioma, you likely have a lot of questions. Please keep reading to learn more about your condition. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma after having been negligently exposed to asbestos in a workplace, please don’t wait to call our Buffalo mesothelioma lawyers today to set up a free consultation.
Symptoms of Benign Mesothelioma
A lot of people who have this diagnosis will never experience symptoms. Roughly half of the people will have symptoms.
The most common symptoms include having shortness of breath, chest pain, a constant/chronic cough, and swollen fingertips (also referred to as clubbed fingers).
If you experience any symptoms, you should reach out to your doctor right away. Most of these symptoms are in line with malignant mesothelioma.
The sooner you get your symptoms addressed by a doctor, the better.
Treatment for Benign Mesothelioma
After you have received your diagnosis, you are likely worried about what treatment will entail. Unlike with malignant mesothelioma, you are not likely to need extensive treatment for cancerous cells that are at risk of spreading.
Treating a benign form of mesothelioma is typically as simple as removing the tumor which is most commonly located in the lungs. You won’t need chemotherapy because the cells are not cancerous.
Unless your tumor comes back, that is typically the end of your treatment needs.
Survival Rates of Benign Mesothelioma
Generally speaking, most people who get their tumor successfully removed can go on to live a healthy, normal life. Most people will survive this diagnosis. This is compared to the short life expectancy of someone diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. Those patients are usually given around 18 months of life expectancy following their diagnosis.
While you may be able to walk away from your tumor removal without worrying about this condition being fatal, you should be on the lookout for returning symptoms in the rare case of the tumor coming back.
Call Our Buffalo Mesothelioma Today
Although the prognosis of benign mesothelioma is better than that of malignant mesothelioma, it can have a profound negative impact on your life. You have likely suffered physically, mentally, and financially because of the negligent exposure to asbestos. Our Buffalo mesothelioma lawyers would be honored to represent you in the fight to get full justice from our negligent employer even if you worked there decades ago. Please give us a call today to set up a free consultation.