Also known as asbestos cancer,
mesothelioma is a serious condition that is brought on by exposure to asbestos. Many
older buildings use materials containing asbestos and anybody who works
or lives in these buildings is susceptible to exposure. It is important
that doctors take the proper steps to diagnose mesothelioma to provide
early treatment options. There are 6 common methods used to diagnose mesothelioma.
The 6 methods to diagnose mesothelioma are:
- CT scan
- PET scan
- Effusion / Cytology
- Tissue biopsy
Each of the methods used in mesothelioma have their own benefits and can
provide a good idea regarding the existence of any kind of cancer.
A Mesomark is a manual enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). It is
used to identify soluble mesothelin-related peptides (SMRP), or serum
tumor markers. CT scans are used to take detailed photos of your internal
organs. PET scans can help your physician see how the internal organs
and tissues are functioning in your body. Effusion or cytology is used
to examine individual cells or a small cluster of them. Tissue biopsy
allows your doctor to remove a small piece of tissue which is then examined
at a lab. When it comes to staging, this is used by doctors to determine
how advanced the cancer is in your body.
If a doctor misdiagnoses or fails to properly diagnose the existence of
mesothelioma, this can be considered negligence. By not properly diagnosing
mesothelioma, it can allow the cancer to reach more advanced stages and
become much more difficult to treat.
Whether you or someone you love was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma
or a medical professional failed to provide an accurate diagnosis, now
is the time to take legal action. At Worthington & Caron, our asbestos
and mesothelioma lawyers are here to help you seek the justice you need.
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