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Understanding sarcomatoid mesothelioma and its impact

Even though asbestos isn't widely used today because of a known association with mesothelioma and similar illnesses, individuals in Georgia who were exposed to this material several years or decades ago may still be affected by it. Of the typical cell types associated with mesothelioma, the rarest is sarcomatoid mesothelioma. As with similar conditions, sarcomatoid mesothelioma is primarily associated with asbestos exposure.

While this type of mesothelioma is rare, it's also the most aggressive form of the disease. This means it's more likely to be resistant to treatment. Most of the tumors that can result from this form of mesothelioma are found on the lung's protective lining. Diagnosis may initially involve the suspicion of some type of benign or malignant condition since symptoms that may include shortness of breath, persistent coughing, unexplained weight loss and fatigue can be fairly vague. If a patient's work history suggests asbestos exposure, a doctor may perform image tests and take a tissue sample (biopsy) to identify the specific cell type.

Poor survival rates linked with sarcomatoid mesothelioma make early diagnosis especially important. Recommended treatments will depend on the stage of the cancer and where it's located. Treatment often includes a combination of surgery to remove the growth, if possible, and chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Sarcomatoid cells are sometimes difficult to remove because they may become deeply embedded in the abdomen's soft internal organs. When in the chest wall, these cells can also present surgical challenges since they are rigid and prone to growing into tissues.

The average survival rate for this type of mesothelioma is less than six months. With diseases of this nature, an attorney may make attempts to speed up the process of obtaining appropriate compensation to cover medical costs. Responsible parties with asbestos cases may include an affected individual's former employer, especially if there's evidence they knew about health risks, and/or the manufacturer of the product(s) that contained asbestos.

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