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What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs at any time from 10 to 60 years after first exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma cancer develops from the mesothelial cells of the pleura and can also occur in the peritoneum.

The average mesothelioma life expectancy following diagnosis is about 1-2 years, although significant variations of malignant mesothelioma do occur. It's much more common amongst men than in women and in most instances malignant mesothelioma develops after anywhere from 20-50 years after asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma is curable but this is very unlikely. It can be combated by surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy and much like other cancers, the later it is diagnosed, the harder it is to fight.

Medical support

Mesothelioma is a disease that has traditionally been regarded as incurable. However, new techniques and drugs have improved the life of some sufferers; both in terms of their quality and length of life. So it’s important that your doctor is aware of all the latest mesothelioma treatment and care options available.

Your medical advice should encompass surgical and chemotherapy options available to you. It should also discuss techniques such as photodynamic therapy, and include discussion of new drugs.

Many doctors now believe that if mesothelioma is detected early and treated appropriately, significant gains may be made.

It's important for you to seek as much information as possible from your doctors.

The science of palliative care (pain relief) has also greatly developed in the past several years. There are now many options of palliative care available, of which your local asbestos support group can provide you with more information.

If you've been exposed, you may have a claim

No matter how unique the circumstances of your exposure or even if you don't know how you were exposed, if you have an asbestos-related disease it's likely that you'll have some kind of viable claim for compensation. Proper legal research and advice is critical.

We're proud to act for people from all walks of life, some with life threatening asbestos related illnesses, others with illnesses that limit their enjoyment of life. If you have an asbestos related injury and the claim is worth your while, we'll be honoured to act for you.

Get in touch today and we can:

  • help you understand what you’re entitled to, at no initial cost or obligation

  • help you get compensation for your illness

  • make the entire process simple for you, by coming to your home or hospital

  • help you work out how you were exposed. We'll conduct all necessary investigations and inquiries, with the help of our database.

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