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Mesothelioma diagnosis leads man to experimental treatment

| Feb 26, 2013 | Mesothelioma/Asbestos-Related Illness |

Many people are likely aware that exposure to various harmful substances can lead to a cancer diagnosis in the future. Asbestos is one of these harmful substances and people who are exposed to asbestos can develop mesothelioma later in life. Mesothelioma is one form of cancer of the lungs.

One man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year worked as an electrician for 15 years and in the electrical industry for an additional 23 years. His work as an electrician regularly exposed him to asbestos. He reportedly removed asbestos fireproofing from beams so that he could attach electrical wiring to the beams. According to one report, “electricians are among the occupations with a higher risk of occupational exposure to asbestos and higher rates of mesothelioma.”

Since symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear for anywhere from 20 to 50 years, a person may live much of his or her life and continue exposing him or herself to asbestos before learning that it was harming his or her body.

In order to treat mesothelioma, patients may have to undergo various forms of treatment. This man had surgery last spring to remove a diseased lung. He is now beginning an experimental treatment.

This man’s job as an electrician led to his mesothelioma diagnosis. If he had not been exposed to so much asbestos when he worked as an electrician, he might not be receiving treatment for cancer right now.

If a person is unable to work, paying bills and affording necessities and healthcare may be difficult. Receiving healthcare for months or years of treatment will likely accumulate hefty medical bills even if a person has excellent insurance. If a person does not have insurance, these costs could be even more crippling.

Many people who are diagnosed with cancers like mesothelioma may feel frustrated that they were exposed to a dangerous substance responsible for their cancer many years ago. However, there may be a way for individuals or families to get by after a mesothelioma diagnosis. For instance, seeking compensation for mesothelioma may be beneficial.

Source:, “Presiding officer of Suffolk legislature enrolled in experimental treatment for mesothelioma,” Wade Rawlins, Feb. 22, 2013

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