In the United States, there are several thousand new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year. Mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that can attack the lining of the lungs, heart, and/or abdomen, is primarily caused by being exposed to asbestos. In fact, mesothelioma is mainly diagnosed in older individuals who worked or regularly came in contact with asbestos in an industrial setting.
While treatment options vary for the disease, one such form is radiation therapy, which can be administered at all stages of the disease. Often combined with other forms of treatment, radiation can be an effective way to both relieve pain and to increase one’s life expectancy. However, one’s specific course of treatment depends on a number of different variables, including how far the disease has progressed, and the status of the individual’s overall health at the time of diagnosis. Only your doctor can assist you in making the right determination as to your treatment options.
If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma as a result, we can help. At Stern Law, PLLC, we provide compassionate yet zealous advocacy for those who have been injured due to asbestos. To learn more about your legal options, call (844) 808-7529 to schedule your free consultation. We look forward to making a difference for you.
The Types of Radiation Therapies
While the type of radiation therapy treatment pursued is contingent upon where the mesothelioma is specifically located within the body, generally, the following are the forms of radiation used to treat this aggressive disease:
- Eternal beam radiation – this type of radiation is non-invasive and involves high-energy rays that target tumor cells. To lessen the risk of complications or adverse reactions, external beam radiation is guided by a computer guides the radiation towards specific areas of the body affected by the disease, ensuring that healthy tissue is not affected.
- Intraoperative radiation – this type of radiation is used during surgery to specifically target areas affected by the cancer. Intraoperative radiation is typically performed to prevent any spreading, or “seeding” of cancer cells left behind after surgery.
As noted, only your doctor can determine which course of treatment is best for you in light of your specific set of circumstances. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact your medical provider immediately to get started with treatment as soon as possible, as the earlier you treat the disease, the better your outcome. Once you have established care, contact one of our seasoned attorneys at Stern Law, PLLC to learn more about your legal rights and options. You did not deserve to get mesothelioma, but you do deserve to be compensated for the harm you sustained. Contact us today at (844) 808-7529.
Were You Diagnosed with Mesothelioma? Contact Stern Law, PLLC Today
At Stern Law, PLLC, we understand the complexities associated with a mesothelioma diagnosis, and want to help. We take the time you need to review your case, determine the sources of your exposure, and develop a plan of action to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact Stern Law, PLLC today at (844) 808-7529 to schedule your free consultation with one of our seasoned mesothelioma attorneys.