Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is often caused by the exposure to and inhalation of asbestos fibers. Asbestos is a heat-resistant mineral that was used for over a century in multiple applications. Asbestos was found to be harmful to humans in the 1930s, but wasn’t properly outlawed and regulated till the 1970s. During this time, thousands of workers in commercial industries were exposed to asbestos even though many of their employers were given warnings about the dangers of asbestos. Because of this negligence, mesothelioma sufferers may have recourse to file a lawsuit against their employers.
Mesothelioma attacks the linings of the lungs, heart, and abdomen. The symptoms of mesothelioma often include pain and swelling at whichever part of the body is affected. In addition to this pain, many patients develop chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) which adds a significant amount of pain to their daily lives.
In a recent study published by the Journal Brain, researchers from the Saint Louis University discovered that they may be able to counteract what they call “intense feelings of discomfort” by activating the adenosine A3 receptor. This receptor is in both the spinal cord and the brain and is one of the triggers for pain. By blocking this receptor, the researchers found that they were effectively flipping the switch off so patients didn’t experience pain anymore.
Thus far, the studies have been limited to rodents with chronic neuropathic pain, but is already beginning to enter clinical trial studies.
If you or someone you love is suffering from mesothelioma, you may feel that there is no hope in sight. While there isn’t a cure yet, there are multitudes of treatments and trials that may help with your suffering. Compensation from a negligent employer that allowed you to be exposed to asbestos can help with your medical bills and suffering. Contact our Baltimore mesothelioma attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
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