Researchers at the City of Hope National Cancer Institute believe they may be on the right track toward diagnosing mesothelioma without the need of a biopsy. Currently, the only form of diagnosis for the terminal cancer is to take a biopsy from the infected area, typically the lungs. The biopsy requires an incision, pain, and is uncomfortable and invasive, so finding a method of diagnosis without a biopsy is a priority for many research foundations across the world.
The City of Hope researchers are studying to see if mesothelioma can be diagnosed by identifying epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR) proteins in blood or urine. This EGFR gene is a protein commonly found at abnormally high levels in cancer cells.
If the research finds that EGFR can be identified through a simple urine or blood test, mesothelioma could be diagnosed in a quicker, less painful manner. Mesothelioma often goes undiagnosed for years because it presents several symptoms that present in a variety of conditions.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. It typically attacks the lining of the lungs, heart, and abdomen. Asbestos is a compound that has been commonly used for over a century in commercial applications including the shipping industry, commercial construction, and insulation. There were warnings in the 1930s that asbestos could be harmful for those exposed to it, however, many employers didn’t heed this warning and continued to allow their employees to be exposed.
If you or a loved one believe you were exposed to asbestos because of the negligence of your employer, there may be financial compensation that our Baltimore mesothelioma lawyers can help you receive. Contact The Law Office of Brown | Kiely, LLP today for a free case review and to discuss how we can help you. Call us at (410) 625-9330.