A mesothelioma diagnosis is enough to devastate a family and change lives. Sadly, mesothelioma is generally a fatal disease that may take decades to present itself to victims. Testing for mesothelioma is vital if you have been exposed to asbestos at any point in your life—there is an undeniable and well-known link between asbestos and the development of mesothelioma.
Cancer specialists utilize a number of tools and tests to check for the presence of mesothelioma. Blood tests, MRIs, CAT scans, X-rays and biopsies may be used in combination or exclusively to detect this serious disease.
Every patient will require a customized treatment plan to attack the cancer at its most crucial points in the body. Thorough testing is important because symptoms can be vague, which may lead to a doctor’s failure to diagnose or mistaking it for another form of cancer.
A Three-Step Process
Testing for mesothelioma is essentially a three-step process. It begins with a patient experiencing symptoms as late as 20-50 years after the exposure event took place. Shortness of breath, weight loss, chest and back pain, and facial swelling are just some of the side effects associated with mesothelioma, but these symptoms could easily be mistaken for another disease.
The patient will then consult their primary care physician. This is where the tests begin. The best known blood test for mesothelioma is the MESOMARK assay, which is the world’s first blood serum-based test sensitive enough to detect the disease. The test scans the patient’s blood for soluble mesothelin-related peptide (SMRP), a protein released by the body in the presence of the disease.
If mesothelioma is suspected the patient will be referred to an oncologist for the final step in the process. Depending on the patient’s health, the oncologist will run additional testing and eventually provide a diagnosis.
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The Eichholz Law Firm is prepared to fight for your rights and protect the best interests of your family if you are diagnosed with mesothelioma. If you were exposed to asbestos during your lifetime, contact our mesothelioma lawyers for a free consultation to see whether you are eligible for monetary compensation.
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