Desmoplastic mesothelioma is a variant of sarcomatoid mesothelioma and is caused by asbestos exposure, generally in the home or workplace. Survival rates for this type of Mesothelioma are among the worst, but this type of cancer is rare, with a small number of patients diagnosed each year.
When asbestos exposure results in desmoplastic mesothelioma the pleura (the thin membrane around the lungs and inner walls of the chest) is primarily affected, as fibrous tumors attach to it. If these tumors are diagnosed as malignant they may grow and spread to other parts of the body (typically the abdominal region).
How is Desmoplastic Mesothelioma Different From Mesothelioma?The unique characteristics of the tumors caused by Desmoplastic Mesothelioma are what distinguish this rarer form of Mesothelioma. Desmoplastic Mesothelioma tumors are significantly more fibrous, typically showing 50% or more fibrous tissue in the tumor.
What Are Symptoms of Desmoplastic Mesothelioma?
Symptoms of desmoplastic mesothelioma are similar to those experienced by people with other types of lung related diseases.As a result of exposure to asbestos, the pleura thicken, resulting in pleural effusion. Pleural effusion is the accumulation of excess fluid in the space that surrounds the lungs. It can result in shortness of breath by limiting lung expansion during inspiration.As with other lung related diseases desmoplastic mesothelioma can result in severe chest pain. Hospitalization may be required depending on the severity of the diseases manifestation.
How is Desmoplastic Mesothelioma Diagnosed?
Desmoplastic mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose because the diseases tumors can spread (metastatis) to other parts of the body, most commonly the abdominal region. The fibrous tumors typical of this type of mesothelioma can be difficult to identify here since this part of the body is primarily made up of internal organs and fatty tissue.
What Treatment Options Exist For Desmoplastic Mesothelioma?
Similar to standard mesothelioma treatment radiation, chemotherapy, and a rigorous nutritional program, that enables the immune system to effectively accept the drugs and treatment, have proven successfully. Surgery is another treatment option, especially if the tumors metastasize.
Because desmoplastic mesothelioma is such a lethal type of mesothelioma, quick diagnosis and treatment is critical; it should not be left untreated.
If Diagnosed With Desmoplastic Mesothelioma Should I Take Legal Action?
In addition to the emotional stress of being diagnosed with cancer, desmoplastic mesothelioma can result in a severe loss of quality of life and expensive medical treatment. As a result of this, and the clear link between mesothelioma and asbestos exposure, most patients file for a claim. Patients can receive the required funding to fully pay for all medical expenses incurred.While many mesothelioma patients file claims, as mentioned previously, this disease can be difficult to diagnose. This m akes it difficult to determine an exact cause, thereby limiting the credibility of a claim.
The simple truth is that asbestos exposure resulting in desmoplastic mesothelioma, or any other type of mesothelioma, can be avoided by following safety protocols and using protective gear/equipment when working in that type of environment. It is important to ask your employer to take these precautionary measures if they are not currently provided.