In a recent case, an 87-year-old woman was diagnosed with mesothelioma. She opted to forego most treatments, choosing to have a simple procedure that helped with her breathing. However, she chose not to have any chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation treatments done. The expectation was that she’d live for only a few months, but after 22 months of hospice, she left the hospital and continued her life. Doctors were curious as to why this woman was able to live so much longer than the typical expectation and it turns out her tumors were a very slow-growing variety.
Further study into mesothelioma survival rates shows that those diagnosed with the horrible cancer early have a better life expectancy than those that are diagnosed very late in life. Additionally, it depends on the type and stage of the mesothelioma, but, in most cases, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation help alleviate symptoms and increase life expectancies.
Typically, if you forego treatment, your tumors will increase in size and quantity which can affect your ability to breathe, increase your pain, and cause a whole host of problems. Therefore, thorough treatment is recommended when someone has mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a terminal form of cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Asbestos has been used in multiple industrial and commercial industries for over a century. In the 1930s, the government warned that employees should be protected from asbestos fibers for their health’s sake. However, many employers ignored this warning and put their employees in danger.
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At The Law Office of Brown | Gould | Kiely, LLP, we’ve been helping Baltimore residents seek compensation in mesothelioma lawsuits for decades. We understand how difficult these cases can be because the negligence committed by your employer may have been several decades ago. However, we can utilize our experience and tenacity to seek compensation for you and your family. Contact us today by calling (410) 625-9330.